Tanaza joins Facebook Connectivity’s Express Wi-Fi Technology Partner Program

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Tanaza has joined Facebook Connectivity’s Express Wi-Fi Technology Partner Program, which enables network equipment manufacturers to build network hardware and software that is compatible with Express Wi-Fi.  

The 2019 EIU Inclusive Internet Index, commissioned by Facebook, found that 3.8 billion people don’t have access to fast, reliable internet. Wi-Fi networks have traditionally been hard to set up and expensive to deploy, especially when the intent is to reach an entire unconnected town or village. The Express Wi-Fi Technology Partner Program provides a unique solution by developing new technologies in partnership with equipment manufacturers and operators to build cost-effective Express Wi-Fi compatible hardware and software, enabling more people in more places to get connected.

What is Facebook Connectivity’s Express Wi-Fi?

Express Wi-Fi is part of Facebook Connectivity, a collection of programs, technologies and partnerships designed to increase the availability, affordability and awareness of high-quality internet access.

Connectivity is at the heart of Facebook’s mission.

Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Critical to this mission is high-quality internet access, which gives people a voice and creates opportunities to share knowledge that can strengthen local communities and global economies. Facebook Connectivity works closely with partners including mobile network operators, equipment manufacturers and more to develop programs and technologies—including Express WiFi, Magma, and Terragraph—that increase the availability, affordability and awareness of high-quality internet access, bringing more people online to a faster internet.

“More than 3.5 billion people still don’t have internet access, fueling the digital divide,” said James Beldock, Facebook Connectivity’s product manager for Express Wi-Fi. “Alongside our partners, Facebook Connectivity breaks down barriers to connectivity with new technologies, business models and programs, such as Express Wi-Fi, which service providers use to deliver fast and affordable Wi-Fi. Critical to the program’s success are our Express Wi-Fi technology partners, who have committed to building Express Wi-Fi compatible software and hardware. We welcome Tanaza to the program and look forward to partnering with them to expand connectivity globally.”

Tanaza aims to provide high-quality network services to underserved areas that have not had access due to lack of infrastructure and high costs,” said Sebastiano Bertani, CEO, and Founder of Tanaza.  “Joining the Express Wi-Fi Technology Partner Program will allow us to give our users fast, affordable and reliable Wi-Fi easily and aligns with our mission to make Wi-Fi more accessible.” 

“By integrating the Express Wi-Fi platform into its feature set, Tanaza will be able to work with mobile network operators in areas of the world that are suffering most from the digital divide and expand its presence in some Asian and African countries,” said Valeria Magoni, Head of Marketing at Tanaza. “Operators will have the opportunity to monetize their networks and cloud manage them through an enterprise-grade system at a fraction of the cost due to Express Wi-Fi.”

Members of the Technology Partner Program are currently collaborating to connect underserved communities around the world and to bring more people online to faster internet. Further updates about this feature’s release are expected in the next few months.

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Discover the Open WiFi System for Communication Service Providers

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Tanazain collaboration with Plume® and ConnectUs Technologies, started the Open WiFi System project in 2019, through the Telecom Infra Project (TIP)

The project was officially announced at TIP Summit ’19 in Amsterdam.

Launched in February 2016, TIP is a collaborative telecom community that is evolving the infrastructure that underpins global connectivity. TIP’s mission is to accelerate the pace of innovation in next generation telecom networks, through the design, build, test and deployment of standards-based, open and disaggregated network solutions. Over the past four years TIP has driven substantial innovation across all elements of the network including Access, Transport, Core & Services, while spanning urban through to rural market use cases.

Tanaza joined TIP’s Wi-Fi Project Group in early 2019, and has contributed with technology and experience in hardware and software disaggregation.

The Open Wi-Fi System project aims at contributing to hardware and software disaggregation.

Tanaza believes that hardware and software disaggregation and, ultimately, White-Box Wi-Fi access points is the way to lower total cost of ownership (TCO) in Wi-Fi deployments and hence involve and connect more and more people.  To this end, Tanaza, Plume, and ConnectUs have demonstrated the compatibility of their respective cloud-based Wi-Fi controller platform with TIP’s open-AP software stack including the open-source framework OpenSync™. Thanks to this project, any TIP Open Access Point, supporting an OpenSync interface, could be associated with the Tanaza or the Plume or the ConnectUs Technologies cloud platform, or any other cloud stacks available.

What is OpenSync?

OpenSync is the world’s fastest-growing cloud-agnostic, open-source software to enable the curation, delivery and support of services and management of devices for the smart home. Today OpenSync carries more than 62 Petabytes of data over its platform every day connecting over half a billion devices, spanning some 1000 device brands and over 7000 unique device types, and these numbers are exponentially growing. Compatible with other initiatives such as RDK and OpenWRT, and broadly deployed by leading global ISPs and device makers, the software is critical to residential and enterprise Wi-Fi and IP delivered services. Chipset suppliers, device makers, system integrators, internet service providers and operators find many benefits with OpenSync’s open, interoperable, multi-vendor interfaces and simple and efficient scaling on a proven platform.

“Nowadays, the technology stacks used by operators to deploy Wi-Fi do not communicate with each other. As a consequence, executing mass configurations, maintaining and troubleshooting the networks, and the deployment of new applications demand an extremely high effort. Disaggregation solves this problem by allowing the cloud software to speak with White-Box Wi-Fi access points, that increases operational efficiency. In addition, disaggregation allows reducing the total cost of ownership for operators by bringing down both the cost of Wi-Fi hardware (CAPEX) and the costs of maintenance (OPEX)”, states Sebastiano Bertani, CEO, and Founder of Tanaza.

Tanaza joined forces with the other members of the TIP Project Group, to validate how hardware and software components work together and to ensure those components are interoperable. The access point firmware will be open-sourced within TIP, in addition to some parts of the controller software. As a result, this will significantly lower the barrier to entry for new vendors participating in the ecosystem.

A first demo test of Open Wi-Fi system is now a reality.

“This new concept of open WiFi system, it’s something huge working together with such players to fully support them in this path, and partner with them to reach more service providers that want to take advantage of the opportunities that open WiFi systems can offer. We’re working hard to make this happen by using our knowledge and technologies. A first demo test case featuring the interoperability of White-Box Wi-Fi hardware with both the Plume and Tanaza cloud stacks is ready. We are thrilled!” says Cristian Piacente, CTO at Tanaza.

Tanaza is dedicated to make hardware and software disaggregation in Wi-Fi a reality.

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FOSDEM 2020 – What did our Developers Learn?

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FOSDEM stands for Free and Open Source Developers’ European Meeting. It is one of the most significant events for Open Source communities in Europe.

Every year, thousands of software developers meet in Brussels to share ideas and collaborate at the event. The aim of it is to promote the public use of free and open-source software.

The European gathering of open source enthusiasts took place in Brussels two weekends ago. For the fourth time, our team had the chance to take part in the FOSDEM 2020 event, which featured 841 speakers, 873 events, and 71 tracks. From all lectures and conversations with fellow developers from around the world about freedom, sharing, and open collaboration. Here’s what they learned at the FOSDEM 2020 event.

The most exceptional talks at FOSDEM 2020

Talk: Pushing the limits of the web with WebAssembly

Jon Lopez Garcia delivered a brilliant talk about pushing the limits of the web with WebAssembly. He journeyed back in time to highlight how Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Edge have worked tirelessly to push the boundaries and performance of apps. Thanks to their hard work in implementing the new binary standard, WebAssembly came on the scene to allow the execution in the browser of software at almost native speed.

In his session, Jon explained how current browsers are striving to optimize the performance of JavaScript code. The leading browsers implemented a lot of smart tricks to avoid the recompilation of JavaScript pieces of code to increase overall performance. However, this is a limitation to current solutions because JavaScript is not strongly typed by design.

Among the benefits Jon highlighted, the most memorable one was about delivering a pre-compiled part of the code. For fellow developers, this helps to enhance their applications’ performances significantly, while providing an astonishing UX to their customers. We might be able to implement it and increase the performance of the CPU’s most intensive activities on the Tanaza’s platform.

Talk: IoT Updates with IPv6 Multicast

Brett Sheffield addressed IoT Updates with IPv6 Multicast in his presentation. He questioned the fact if we could update a billion IoT nodes from just one tiny virtual server. In reality, it is possible!

With IPv6 Multicast, we can send our updates to potentially billions of devices using just a single stream of information. It’s like yelling instead of knocking door by door if we compare it to the traditional approach of updating the nodes one by one. Resources can be considerably cut, that’s for sure.

However, there are some drawbacks. We cannot rely anymore on the inherent properties of traditional unicast approaches like transmission reliability, in-order delivery, and flow control. Nonetheless, Brett showed some tricks on how to achieve the same features also with the IPv6 multicast approach. He also demonstrated how efficient and handy multicast can be when updating IoT nodes, all packed in a (still experimental) open-source library.

Talk: Falco Internals 101: Syscalls processing for security analysis

Robin Marx discussed how browsers try to guess in which order the web page resources should be loaded, comparing the heuristics of the main current browsers. Also, how servers use that information to often (accidentally) make your website slower instead.

He showed how HTTP/2 stacks implement prioritization, comparing it to the new HTTP/3 and QUIC approach. He also emphasized on the remaining challenges, even with the new approach.

With QUIC, the main TCP layer problem “head of line blocking” is solved, as QUIC can identify different streams in the transport layer. So, in a round-robin approach to resource delivery, QUIC is much more efficient.

Still, it is also true that practical tests showed that sequential resource delivery usually performs much better. Hence, QUIC would behave as TCP and thus have the same performance.

Yet, some challenges remain, for instance, the separation of priority between browser, server, and transport layer. This causes difficulties for web developers to make a web-app load precisely as it would be expected on every browser. The fact that new protocols and approaches will have a way of specifying the priority, might allow them to deliver more performing web resources at the same time.

For web developers, it is a game-changer to understand how prioritization works. It helps them to leverage some existing options to impact the browser’s heuristics and server behavior. At the same time, it helps to empower the user experience.

Talk: How Yocto extra tools help industrial project

Pierre Ficheux delivered a talk about Yocto, the most famous building system for embedded Linux. Yocto is an open-source project to create custom Linux-based systems regardless of the hardware architecture. Currently, 22 organizations are collaborating with the Linux Foundation, including OpenEmbedded.

In the eyes of Pierre, Yocto, a system written in python (BitBake), is extremely powerful. However, it needs some training, mostly text mode, as it has poor GUI.

During his conference, Pierre explained how to use some Yocto features to help the development of a free industrial project. As simple as it sounds, Yocto works perfectly for creating a custom Linux distribution for embedded devices.

Pierre also discussed how valuable are the eSDK (extended cross-toolchain), Ptest, and Testimage (CI), Devtool, and Devshell (recipe modification) to speed up the development process. With these tools, programmers can quickly develop and test the distribution instead of doing it manually. In this way, it is also possible to automate CI workflows to increase product quality.

#Conclusion

Our developers say. On many aspects, FOSDEM is, above all, a social event. After attending FOSDEM for many years, we think the whole point of this event is for people to share their free, open-source projects with other like minded people.

Lots of communities take the opportunity to organize influential sessions and meetings to choose the right path for their next project. For our team, it was also the occasion to get acquainted with fellow developers, to explain our projects and initiatives to others, and get back home with a sack of new knowledge.

Tanaza is always keeping the R&D team up to date with the latest trends in technology to improve their day-to-day job. The R&D team keeps growing in number to develop the coolest features, test and debug our platform. All of these, to always offer a competitive product for our customers.

Now is the best time to join our company and be part of our project. If you would like to know more about opportunities to develop and grow in your career, see the job openings at Tanaza.

 

Tanaza Intelbras Edition received by the Brazilian public with much excitement

Tanaza Intelbras Edition received by the Brazilian public with much excitement


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Tanaza and Intelbras have presented their latest product, “Tanaza Intelbras Edition,” at multiple events in Brazil. The product bundles Intelbras’ access points with the Tanaza cloud management and hotspot software.

“When we started talks with Intelbras about partnering, it became clear that it was an excellent solution to address the needs in the market. Public hotspots were booming and getting installed everywhere; still, IT companies were struggling to find a solution that could be both affordable and complete

Hence, we have decided to combine Intelbras hardware and Tanaza’s software to get the best of both worlds. Their technology is of high quality and with a smart pricing strategy. Our software can provide cloud manageability out of the box, WiFi analytics, hotspot features, like advertising, Facebook login, and so on.

Now, IT professionals in Brazil can experience the Tanaza WiFi cloud platform along with Intelbras access points. The possibilities of this partnership are endlessly, and this it’s just the beginning”, states Sebastiano Bertani,  CEO and Founder of Tanaza.

Carlos Reich, Business Network Manager at Intelbras, states that “the partnership with Tanaza is already a success. The use of cloud technology for WiFi network management has been increasing in Brazil and Latin America. It is a natural movement in the Wireless Enterprise Networks market; therefore, Intelbras sought a worldwide recognized partner, to offer a secure cloud platform with advanced features.”

The new solution has been presented in different events across Brazil

At Futurecom (October 28-31, 2019 – São Paulo), Intelbras showcased their ceiling-mountable access points (AP 310, AP 360, and AP 1210 AC) to 29,000 professionals. All the access points featured the compatibility with the hotspot software Tanaza Intelbras Edition.

In November, Tanaza’s Customer Success Manager, Massimo Dragoni, traveled across Brazil with the Intelbras’ team to present the product at the “WiFi Business Show.” The event was organized in collaboration with Horus Distribuidora de Soluções TecnológicasDistribuidora Route 66, and Plantec Distribuidora.

“It was great to be on the field, directly meeting so many solution providers that want to embrace the opportunities related to WiFi hotspots. It was so much fun working with the Intelbras team. They are very knowledgeable about the company’s market and fully understand their customers’ needs,” states Massimo Dragoni.

Over 10,000 access points in Brazil with Tanaza Intelbras Edition

“Thanks to the events, the current sales pipeline for the product is already over 10,000 access points. These figures include both public and commercial locations that will start offering WiFi connectivity – in some cases also with social login and WiFi analytics features,” states Sebastiano Bertani.

What’s coming up next!

In the upcoming rollout of the Tanaza Intelbras product, we are improving the UX and UI – more user-friendly interface and fully responsive for mobile. Likewise, all features will be available in one platform, with more compatible devices to choose from, including all the outdoor access points. At Tanaza, we envision a future with the Tanaza software already installed in the hardware for an out-of-the-box cloud experience.

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Tanaza accelerates software and hardware disaggregation within the Telecom Infra Project

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Tanaza joins Telecom Infra Project group

The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is a collaborative telecom community. Launched in February 2016, TIP was started with the goal of accelerating the pace of innovation in the telecom industry.

TIP splits its initiatives into three main strategic network areas: Access, Transport and Core and Services. For instance, the Access project groups work on identifying and creating innovative infrastructure solutions, technologies, and methodologies to make it easier to connect people to the Internet. The Access group focuses on removing some of the blockers that can make the connection difficult to the end-user. (Telecom Infra Project)

TIP has a diverse network of members made up of over 500 organizations, including operators, technology providers, developers, integrators, and startups. Members of TIP work actively on disaggregating the traditional network deployment approach. Tanaza began participating in the TIP WiFi project in early 2019, with the intent of contributing with its technology to accelerate software and hardware disaggregation.

 

 

What goes on at the Wi-Fi Project Group?

 

The TIP Wi-Fi project group is developing a disaggregated end-to-end Wi-Fi solution, consisting of access points (APs) and a cloud-native control / management plane which optionally interfaces to mobile operators’ core networks to enable mobile data offload. With design being driven by the goal of reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) and easing the operations, the TIP community’s Wi-Fi solution will be attractive to a wide range of service providers.

Tanaza and other members of the project group will collaborate to validate the hardware and software components they are contributing and ensure those components are interoperable. It is expected that the AP reference design will be open-sourced within TIP, in addition to some parts of the controller/management/gateway software. As a result, this will significantly lower the barrier to entry for new vendors joining the ecosystem.

Tanaza is participating in the TIP Summit ’19 conference

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Since 2016, Telecom Infra Project has hosted an annual conference dedicated to people within the Telecom industry. The ones who are changing the world with better connectivity solutions. This year, the TIP Summit ’19 will take place in Amsterdam on November 13-14.

A diverse group of voices from the likes of David del Val Latorre, CEO of Telefonica R&D, Miguel Marin, Technology Director of Vodafone and Tareq Amin, CTO of Rakuten Mobile, will be part of the engaging keynotes and panels at TIP Summit ’19. The speakers will share their experiences focusing on the challenges and opportunities of building and deploying telecom network infrastructures.

On November 14, Sebastiano Bertani, CEO of Tanaza, will participate in the panel “Building an Open Wi-Fi System for communication service providers” moderated by Shah Rahman, Software Engineering Manager of Facebook. The panel will bring together vendors who are collectively working on the TIP Wi-Fi Project group, to discuss how they are enabling CSPs to provide better, faster and cheaper Wi-Fi connectivity to their customers.

If you are attending the TIP Summit ‘19, join our CEO at this luminary panel session to learn more about the contributions OEM partners have made to the TIP Wi-Fi Project Group.

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The Android of WiFi Networks goes to Web Summit 2019

The Android of WiFi Networks goes to Web Summit 2019


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Tanaza will join entrepreneurs, startups and investors at Web Summit, the largest tech conference in the world.
The event will take place in Lisbon, Portugal on November 4-7, 2019.

 

Web Summit without a doubt is the most powerful tech event held in Europe since 2009. As a result, it’s been defined by Forbes as “The best technology conference on the planet”. Web Summit covers a variety of topics, ranging from deep tech and data science to design and environmental sustainability. 

Participating at the forefront of this leading-edge and innovative event, Tanaza will be joining at Web Summit 2019 tens of thousands of entrepreneurs, tech icon celebrities, media outlets, and startups – the ones who dictate where the industry is heading and how fast new technologies will be adopted.

 

Innovative sessions and brilliant minds in one place

During four jam-packed days, the world of tech will live and breathe innovation. The Web Summit conference will focus on disruptive business models, envisaging thought leadership, networking and brand awareness. Attendees will get inspired by ground-breaking speaking sessions, experience the power of networking and share their thoughts and ideas with people from all over the world.

Web Summit gathers the minds behind the innovative ideas that are changing the world. This year the list of the top speakers and Web Summit attendees include big names of the likes of Brad Smith – President of Microsoft, Werner Vogels – CTO of Amazon, Edward Snowden – former intelligence officer, and Hans Vestberg – CEO of Verizon. They will deliver breakout sessions – each one at the forefront of their industries, to enlighten us with what’s coming in the world of tech. 

 

Creating the Android of WiFi networks at Web Summit

Sebastiano Bertani, will present a leadership keynote at Web Summit 2019Tanaza CEO Sebastiano Bertani, will present a leadership keynote on the 6th of November at the Growth stage at 10:50 AM. He will discuss how Tanaza is replicating Android’s approach by creating a horizontal market in the wireless networking sector, to free users from locked-in vertical solutions that impose a software/hardware bundle.

Sebastiano aims to introduce TanazaOS operating system as the standard for wireless access points (as Android did with smartphones) and disrupt the WiFi market. Tanaza will be similar to Android in the sense that it will provide a smarter, interoperable software to power a wide range of third party hardware devices and give them additional capabilities and more.

 

If you are attending Web Summit drop by the Tanaza’s booth number G111, on the 5th of November. You will have the opportunity to discuss with our experts the benefits of hardware and software disaggregation in the WiFi market. In addition, get a sneak peek of Tanaza’s cloud-based operating system for WiFi Cloud management and also learn how companies are saving in CapEx and OpEx.

 

“We are thrilled to have been selected by Web Summit to participate at the event. This is an exciting time at Tanaza, and this demonstrates our hard work and commitment to make WiFi ubiquitous and accessible. Also, it furthers our mission to democratize WiFi networks by providing software for affordable, top-notch and cloud-controllable WiFi connectivity.” Declares Sebastiano Bertani, CEO of Tanaza.

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