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

Tanaza joins Facebook Express Wifi

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

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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Discover the Open Wi-Fi System for Communication Service Providers developed by Tanaza, Plume®, and ConnectUs Technologies

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.

“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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Upcoming features: Tanaza Roadmap

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Upcoming features: Tanaza Roadmap

The Tanaza platform is continually under development, and the upcoming features for Tanaza in 2020 look very promising. The R&D team is working on some exciting and brand-new features for the Tanaza platform that you will learn more about in the next few minutes. Cool stuff, right? So keep reading to see what’s coming next.

What are the upcoming features in Tanaza’s roadmap?

Feature # 1.
Click-through built-in splash page for users’ access control

We are implementing a network access control page within our SSID settings. Thanks to that, network administrators can set up a basic splash page for click-through login on their SSIDs. Above all, this page will be a “welcome” or a “terms and conditions” page. Also, users will be able to customize the page with their brand logos and colors.

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Feature # 2.
Tools to help network’s troubleshooting and diagnosis

We are putting in place some tools that will fasten and ease the diagnosis of network’s issues and troubleshooting. The cloud will allow sending a command to the access points to blink, to identify them when they’re installed on ceilings. Also, the cloud platform will allow pinging IP addresses, domain names, localhost names and also other devices, executing multiple simultaneous pings and visualizing all the results in nice dynamic diagrams.

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Feature # 3.
Improvements of the TanazaOS Installer

The TanazaOS installer will over time expand its compatibility with all the compatible devices

Intro-installer

Feature # 4.
Management of sticky clients

Sticky clients are generally a bad thing in WiFi networks. In other words, sticky clients are client devices that stay connected to an access point for a longer time instead of roaming to a new AP with a stronger signal. As a consequence, sticky clients experience a significant degradation of their WiFi connection.

Tanaza allows disconnecting clients if the retransmission rate is high and the WiFi quality is being affected. As a result, network administrators can decide to enable or disable this feature, depending on their network requirements.

Feature # 5.
Remote firmware upgrade for all access points in a network

Currently, with Tanaza, users have the possibility of upgrading the firmware remotely for single access points. The new-enhanced feature will allow upgrading a selection or all the access points in a network at the same time. Likewise, the upgrade will be possible for offline devices. Once they are connected to the internet, they will receive the new firmware.

Firmware Upgrade

Feature # 6.
Tracking the devices’ connections through the remote Syslog

This feature responds to multiple requests from our resellers worldwide. At the moment, we are working on implementing a system to track device’ connections through the remote Syslog. Most noteworthy, this feature initially available for Tanaza Classic customers, will be possible in the new Tanaza cloud management platform.

Read the article about tracking the devices’ connections through the remote Syslog

Last December, we rolled out some exciting brand-new features in the Tanaza platform.

Read the article to learn more about What’s new at Tanaza: New features.

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The fundamental difference between Tanaza and Tanaza Classic

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The fundamental difference between Tanaza and Tanaza Classic

From a cloud-based management system to a hotspot system, and back. Tanaza’s journey towards creating the next WiFi management platform for service providers and the features that distinguish Tanaza’s latest platform from the Tanaza Classic Hotspot system.

When meeting with Tanaza customers that are currently migrating to our latest Tanaza’s platform, the inevitable questions always pop. “Sebastiano, why do you have two software? And what are the differences between them?” There’s a reason why these customers got confused in the first place.

A bit of history to refresh our beginnings

Tanaza started in 2010 with the first cloud management multi-vendor platform ever conceived. Then, we entered the hotspot business when we released the complete Tanaza Classic feature set. Afterward, we decided to refocus on cloud management for service providers and developed the latest Tanaza platform.

Well…
I tried to answer the questions about our brand name in my previous blog. However, I think there are still a couple of things to clarify on how the features overlap. Particularly now that the two products are integrated and can work together on the same WiFi deployments. I believe it is essential to understand the difference.

What is the difference between Tanaza and Tanaza Classic?

Tanaza

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Tanaza platform, which has the same name as the company.
This platform provides advanced cloud management features, including centralized configuration and remote monitoring, for service providers (check the complete list of features). Also, it will include -currently under development, a very basic splash page with click-through access.

Tanaza Classic

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Tanaza Classic (cloud.tanaza.com, editor.tanaza.com and dashboard.tanaza.com). It is an advanced hotspot system for WiFi marketing, social hotspots, and WiFi monetization. Also, it includes a small set of cloud management features.

When using both products together, it is clear that you can get the best of both products. On one side, a professional enterprise-level product to manage WiFi access points. And, on the other side, a complete set of marketing features.

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However, when using Tanaza you only use the hotspot features included in Tanaza Classic, and not the basic cloud management ones which are outdated, when compared to the latest Tanaza features. Similarly, when using the Tanaza Classic advanced hotspot system, you won’t use the basic click-through splash page included in the Tanaza platform.

The two products also will be available separately to make sure that users can get the most suitable software solution for their needs. In case users want to use the Tanaza platform features, they will need to use one of the compatible access points listed here. Alternatively, they might go for a Cosmo Networks access point.

Instead, in case of users who prefer the Tanaza Classic Hotspot features, they would need to select an access point in the compatibility list, which also includes some legacy and end of life devices.

What’s new at Tanaza: Cosmo Networks

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What’s new at Tanaza: Cosmo Networks

Last December, we rolled out some exciting new features at Tanaza. In 2020, we hit the ground running by launching Cosmo Networks the first line of white-box WiFi access points with TanazaOS already pre-installed. Please keep reading to learn how we paired hardware for professional usage with our WiFi cloud management software.

 

For many years, customers asked us why they had to install Tanaza’s software on third-party devices. Instead, they would prefer to have ready-to-go access points, cloud-managed with the Tanaza software out-of-the-box. It seems less hassle than buying a Ubiquiti Unifi access point from Amazon and then “flash” it with our software, right?

However, going down that road and becoming a hardware vendor does not align with our mission.

At our core, software and hardware disaggregation are the main drivers of our company strategy and product innovations. In our minds, users should be able to buy hardware and software separately; therefore, avoiding vendor lock-in due to vertically-integrated hardware and software bundles.

Historically, software and hardware disaggregation can be appreciated in many fields. A great example is the Microsoft Windows system, which can run on almost any computer -not Apple devices, of course. Another example is the Android operating system, currently the most-used smartphone OS worldwide, which runs on mobile devices from multiple hardware vendors.

We believe that disaggregation will also happen in the WiFi area. In this way, service providers can benefit from all the advantages of WiFi software and hardware disaggregation, including cost savings, higher efficiency, and effortless scalability.

How Tanaza works with off-the-shelf and white-box WiFi access points

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To be aligned with our mission, we split our hardware compatibility strategy into two streams. On the one hand, the Tanaza cloud software is compatible with off-the-shelf devices from multiple hardware vendors. Thanks to the TanazaOS installer, the process of installing the TanazaOS operating system on supported access points is much faster than in the past and effortless.

On the other hand, we created Cosmo Networks, a selection of white-box access points for medium and large-scale deployments, running TanazaOS as their default operating system.

The Cosmo Networks WiFi access points can be deployed seamlessly with zero-touch provisioning on the Tanaza WiFi cloud management platform, also together with other brands’ access points (i.e., Ubiquiti, TP-Link). Cosmo Networks access points come with the complete feature set of the Tanaza Cloud Management software and a lifetime license included.

Moreover, the Cosmo Networks devices allow saving on the equipment’s costs, as they are shipped from the ODM factory directly to the customers’ premises, with no intermediaries.

“Thanks to Cosmo Networks, we are offering to our users the opportunity to deploy hundreds of access points on the cloud, with no need to install our software on them”, declares Sebastiano Bertani, CEO and Founder of Tanaza. “I am sure this will help us scale-up our business in many countries, where the supply of compatible off-the-shelf WiFi access points is currently scarce or slow”.

Discover more about Cosmo Networks

The selection by Tanaza of WiFi access points for professional medium and large-scale deployments, manufactured by global ODM partners.

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What’s new at Tanaza: New features

What’s new at Tanaza: New features

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Can’t keep track of all the new features in the Tanaza WiFi cloud management software? Would you like to get an overview of all the functionalities that have been released recently?

Today, we’ll show you a detailed list of fresh new features from Tanaza. You’ll also learn why the new Tanaza platform is so special. And what’s the new feature that promises customers to speed up the process of installing the TanazaOS operating system.

 

New Year, New Start for Tanaza!

It’s 2020, and it’s a fresh start for us at Tanaza. Last year we witnessed the arrival of six new feature releases that give more edge to our software. Another six new features are on the roadmap for Q1 this year. Furthermore, we are on the verge of launching another project that we will let you know soon enough. But for now without further ado, let us turn to the matter in hand, the new features in Tanaza.

 

 

New Features in the Tanaza WiFi cloud management software

 

TanazaOS installer

It’s a software application that speeds up the process of installing the TanazaOS operating system on supported WiFi access points. Whenever network administrators want to upgrade their existing access points with the Tanaza operating system, the installer facilitates this upgrade.

Users only need to download the TanazaOS installer software. Then, connect the supported WiFi access point to the computer and input the device MAC address. Lastly, the installer will automatically install the right Tanaza firmware on the device.

The TanazaOS installer is available for Microsoft Windows (7 and later versions), and macOS (10.10 Yosemite and later versions).

Learn how to use the TanazaOS installer

 

Roaming on external captive portals

 

Fast Roaming on Wifi Networks

 

This feature allows client devices connected to an access point to maintain captive portal authentication as they roam across different access points. The roaming is managed by the Tanaza cloud, which allows faster session transitioning from one access point to the other.

By maintaining a consistent authentication, users experience a better WiFi connection. There’s no discontinuity in the connection when using applications such as VoIP (i.e., Skype calls) over WiFi.

Learn more about how Tanaza supports Fast Roaming

 

External captive portals with and without RADIUS

This functionality was previously available on the Tanaza Classic platform. As of now, network administrators, using TanazaOS-powered devices, can enjoy the perks of enabling their favorite external splash page. It ranges from in-house captive portals to the likes of Meraki’s captive portal, with or without RADIUS settings.

Moreover, it’s possible to configure the SSIDs at the network level. In this way, it’s extremely easy to provision new WiFi access points in the network. Once a new access point is added to an existing network with one or multiple pre-configured SSID, the device immediately starts broadcasting the default SSIDs without any further provisioning.

 

Multi-hotspot capability

Tanaza currently allows adding a maximum of eight SSIDs per network. Users can also enable multiple SSIDs with splash pages on a single access point.

 

The list of WiFi access points compatible with TanazaOS is growing

We recently added two widely-used WiFi access points from Ubiquiti. Now, UniFi AC Mesh Pro and UniFi AC Lite are part of the list of devices compatible with TanazaOS.

Check the full list of compatible devices with the TanazaOS operating system

 

Tanaza Classic Hotspot and TanazaOS are now fully integrated

 

 

This integration allows TanazaOS-powered devices to have external splash pages enabled on SSIDs, including the Tanaza Classic Hotspot captive portal.

Users can take advantage of the Tanaza Classic Hotspot system with the latest Tanaza WiFi cloud management platform. Tanaza Classic Hotspot includes a complete feature-set for social WiFi, paid WiFi, monetization through advertising, and WiFi-based marketing analytics.

It is worth mentioning this feature requires manual activation.

Learn more about how to activate the Tanaza Classic Hotspot and TanazaOS integration

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Before you go! Do you want to know what’s hot for Tanaza in 2020?

Spoiler alert! A groundbreaking product launch is around the corner. A promising alternative list of WiFi access points that will shake the universe and even the Cosmo of Networks.
Intrigued?
Then read the next blog post to find out what’s all the fuss about it. What’s new at Tanaza: Cosmo Networks.