Athonet Unveils ‘Bring Your Own RAN’ Program for Private Networks

Private network technology provider Athonet has launched their Bring Your Own RAN (BYORAN) initiative. It allows businesses to select the radio products that best match the demands of a variety of applications in an enterprise or service provider scenario, all from a single cloud-based dashboard.

The Athonet cloud-based private network management solution allows organizations to not only pick their own radio, but also to run many radios in their private network at the same time. For example, to meet the desired coverage and performance requirements, a different radio may be utilized indoors vs. outdoors. IT managers may also access all of the radios on one dashboard without having to log in and out of several management platforms.

According to Mobile Experts, the overall private LTE/5G market opportunity will approach $45 billion over the next six years, including services.

“Providing options in how private networks are deployed and managed will be a key to this growth and adoption,” said Kyung Mun, principal analyst at Mobile Experts. “Organizations are looking at best-of-breed but need integrated private LTE and 5G solutions, which makes the concept of ‘Bring Your Own RAN’ appealing.”

Hybrid Cloud Environments

The benefit of this solution is that regardless of whether the core is deployed as a single or numerous instances, entirely in the cloud, on premise, or in a hybrid architecture, administration of the entire system can always be accessible from a single location with a single pane of glass.

Many radio suppliers’ interoperability has already been validated, and their administration tools have been integrated into the site. All radio vendors are welcome to participate in the program.

“Athonet is changing the way private networks are built and managed with this new private network management dashboard which can be located adjacent to the core on premise or hosted in the cloud,” said Martin Jensen, vice president, Solution Architecture, Athonet. “All radios are connected to a core. We are taking all the traffic connected to our core and consolidating the data, so you have a single pane of glass to get all information from all radios and core elements. Now these radios are not just connected, but easily managed in a centralized place.”

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