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Athonet Expands 5G Consortium

By Greg Tavarez

Mobile core network provider Athonet saw that there was a need to bring together various parts of the private wireless ecosystem to promote products and services that support LTE, 5G, and CBRS private network deployments. It formed a consortium of partners to address the private networks market, known as the 5G Consortium

Looking to expand the Consortium’s global expertise, Athonet brought in Airspan, Ambra, Imagine Wireless, Integra Network Solutions, Italtel, RippleLink, Teal Communications, Tessco and X4000 Communications as new consortium members.

Airspan is a 4G/5G RAN hardware and software vendor, as well as a fixed wireless network densification solution provider, with a portfolio of indoor and outdoor products.

"Airspan is delighted to join with Athonet on their 5G Consortium,” said Henrik Smith-Petersen, chief sales and marketing officer, Airspan. “Airspan's proven, Open RAN infrastructure products and new, distinctive, and innovative all-in-one 5G gNB's continue to propel the evolution of cost leading network architectures."

Ambra is a Canadian company that offers private LTE networks. Its private 4G/5G solutions enable communications wherever it is needed. Ambra delivers end-to-end projects, from telecom engineering and infrastructure deployment to rugged devices, designed to face mining and industrial challenges.

"Ambra Solutions is glad to join the 5G Consortium and use the Athonet product for mission critical applications," said Eric L'Heureux, president, CEO and founder, Ambra.

Imagine Wireless provides domain expertise in the relevant fields of technology and strategy necessary to build high performing businesses. The company develops new revenue growth opportunities for clients by bringing expertise specialized in emerging next generation technologies including wireless, 5G, CBRS, IoT and blockchain.

“As industry advisers, we look forward to helping enterprises leverage PMNs to drive their digital transformational programs with bottom line quantified ROI," said Norman Fekrat, managing partner, Imagine Wireless.

Integra Network Solutions combines expertise, process, partnership and software to deliver cellular and public safety wireless solutions.

“Our partnership with the 5G Consortium will enable enterprises to further benefit from industry leading capabilities, cost leadership and market leading solutions uniquely tailored to enterprise needs," said Eric Rozencwaig, partner, Integra Network Solutions.

Italtel assists customers with choosing suitable solutions for the characteristics of their business to integrate them with new technologies according to hybrid-cloud and cybersecurity logic. The company accomplishes this through its ability for system integration with multi-technology application, on products and technologies.

"What we need today to push 5G private mobile networks is the creation of an ecosystem of technological partners working together to provide an end-to-end solution - the Athonet 5G Consortium fills this gap,” said Giovanni D'Onofrio, 5G marketing manager, Italtel.

Knowing that CBRS and Private LTE has created an inflection point that will fundamentally change wireless connectivity, RippleLink designs and delivers CBRS Private LTE networks. This comes when the latest generation of mobile devices, laptops and tablets are CBRS capable.

"We are very excited to participate in the 5G Consortium to help support the private LTE community promote and develop the awareness and capabilities of private LTE networking,” said James R. Smith, co-founder, RippleLink. “The 5G Consortium will accelerate the understanding, development and reality of Private LTE."

Teal offers operators the freedom to choose the network they want within one eSIM platform they control. Connect any loT device on 3,500-plus global cellular networks, over-the-air.

"Teal adds value to the ecosystem with our unique eSIM Credentialing-as-a-Service platform that enables operators to build scalable networks with speed and affordability," said Jin Liu, vice president of global network partnership, Teal Communications.

Tessco is a value-added supplier of wireless communications products for network infrastructure, site support and fixed and mobile broadband networks. The company's focus is on delivering a seamless, one-stop solutions experience, where customers can find the products they need through expert services.

“Our partnership with the 5G Consortium is an excellent example of Tessco working together to align with leading suppliers and industry experts to add value to our customers," said David Heitmann, director, technology development, Tessco.

X4000 Communications offers 5G application, network and cybersecurity digital services and support to the Asia Pacific region. The company innovates and provides digital application, network and cybersecurity services to vertical markets focused on enterprise, Industry 4.0 and Web 3.0.

"X4000 Communications focused on the enterprise, industry 4.0 and public safety providing 5G products and services across Australia leading in 5G innovation are proud to be part of the global 5G Consortium from Athonet and embrace working with the consortium members," said Paul Spicer, CEO and founder, X4000 Communications

In addition to promoting products and services, the 5G Consortium will collaborate in marketing the consortium and conduct testing between products to ensure solutions are interoperable with each other and within the private LTE and 5G cellular environment.

Edited by Erik Linask

SmartCity Editor

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