Tanaza accelerates software and hardware disaggregation within the Telecom Infra Project

Tanaza accelerates software and hardware disaggregation within the Telecom Infra Project

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

TIP Summit 2019 stage

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.

See you in Amsterdam!

Hi! My name is… Tanaza

Hi! My name is… Tanaza

RF basics for WLAN design

When companies develop new products, they face the hard step of taking a product naming decision. 

Yes, naming is hard: the name must reflect the corporate brand’s perception, the brand image that you want to create and also, it should be easy to remember and pronounce. It’s not something that you choose in a matter of seconds.

When I founded Tanaza (the company) in 2010, I choose a name that was easy to anchor in people’s minds; that sounded nice; that was short; and that had no similarities with other brand names out there. Tanaza had no specific meaning for me, but it gave me a sense of belonging, like a tribe of people that share a special view of the world and of their mission (although I discovered later that it means “to struggle” in pakistani; that it’s the name of a racing horse, in Ireland; and that there’s a lake named Tanaza in the region of Punjab).

As many mono-products companies do, I named our first product (and only product, until last year) after the company.  Tanaza was both our company name and our product name. Easy, isn’t it?

The product components were also named after the company: the Tanaza Cloud Infrastructure (cloud.tanaza.com), the Tanaza Hotspot system (editor.tanaza.com and dashboard.tanaza.com) and so on…

Last year, we started the development of what we called TanazaOS: a Linux-based operating system that allows access points to speak with a cloud-based wireless access controller. And in a few months, we were able to launch also the new cloud-based controller, of which you see a screenshot here:

Screens

Needless to say, for this platform that allows managing TanazaOS-powered devices, we imagined a whole bunch of names. It was a long discussion, and that the end of it, we decided that we were going to name the product just after the company. Again.

The new platform is called Tanaza. 

Why? Because it’s the best representation of who we are as a company and of what we’re trying to do in the wireless industry. 

We’re struggling (or “Tanaz-ing”?) to bring software and hardware disaggregation in the wireless industry, and we’re doing it with our cloud-based wireless access controller (app.tanaza.com) and with our operating system TanazaOS, which allows communication between the devices and the cloud.

For more details about our “struggle” for software and hardware disaggregation, read my previous article; and if you want to “join the army”get in touch or wait for further news, as we’re going to publish more in the next few months about our activities to bring disaggregation in this market.

So, the new platform will be called Tanaza, exactly as the company is named. The operating system (OS) that runs on devices, allowing them to be controlled through Tanaza, is consequently named TanazaOS.

But… what about the “old” Tanaza? Well, we are still in love with it and we know that many people are, as well. Everything in the cloud.tanaza.com platform will remain the same and all functionalities will remain operational, but that product will be renamed “Tanaza Classic“. 

Tanaza Classic

You may  have noticed that our website https://www.tanaza.com was recently edited to reflect this change.

You’ll probably ask yourself which are the exact differences in terms of features and capabilities between Tanaza and Tanaza Classic, between TanazaOS and the Tanaza Classic Firmware. Well, these are the topic for our next blog posts… so stay tuned!