NFB announces formation of Ananki, a new company providing commercial private 5G service based on NFB Open Source


MENLO PARK, California, September 27, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Continuing its mission of providing cutting-edge open source solutions to transform networks, the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) today announced the launch of Ananki â„¢, an independent, venture-backed company that offers 5G as a business service to meet the unique requirements of companies in Industry 4.0.

Industry 4.0 is poised to leverage AI / ML to optimize industrial infrastructure. A combination of smart devices, edge cloud, and cloud-based AI / ML are poised to enable software optimization and innovation, and private 5G is key to strengthening the machine-to-application communications needed for realize that vision.

Ananki now offers private software-defined 5G designed for the Industry 4.0 revolution. Ananki’s technology base builds on the ONF’s Aether â„¢, SD-RAN â„¢, SD-Fabric â„¢ and SD-Core â„¢ open source projects, and merges them into a commercial offering delivered as SaaS, making private 5G as easy to consume as Wi-Fi for businesses. But more importantly, this open platform is enhanced and optimized for industrial applications, and introduces developer APIs to enable the creation of more powerful digital transformation solutions.

Ananki’s private software-defined 5G + offers:

  • Optimized 5G + experience – Application-optimized, software-defined, automated, AI-powered connectivity with enhanced security enabled by a programmable data plan
  • Cloud first – pre-integrated with cloud and hyperscaler edge, offering private 5G as a SaaS service, creating a continuous improvement experience running on any multi-cloud platform
  • Industry 4.0 ready – Empower developers to build transformative IoT, IIoT and OT solutions with rich APIs

The creation of Ananki

From the beginning, when the ONF ether was selected for the $ 30 million Pronto project, DARPA encouraged the ONF to commercialize the platform in order to advance the impact of the project’s secure 5G research. To date, the ONF has operationalized and deployed Aether at 15 sites operating as a managed service in the cloud.

To accelerate the adoption of Aether, the NFB board of directors voted unanimously to create a new, separate business entity backed by venture capital to provide an improved and enhanced solution for suppliers and partners can easily incorporate private 5G into the solutions they create and then deliver to businesses.

This new entity, Ananki, has been structured as a public benefit company to support and promote open source. In addition, Ananki shares common frameworks with the NFB, ensuring that a coherent vision and mission keeps the two entities well aligned.

Benefits for the NFB

Ananki offers significant advantages to the community and to the NFB platforms. NFB projects will directly benefit from significant additional contributions, as Ananki will bring more focus, funding, developers and contributions to NFB projects. In addition, Ananki will help develop the ONF ecosystem as it encourages wider adoption of ONF platforms. The NFB will continue to advance its leading edge mobile network, broadband and data center initiatives, continuing to focus on the future and advancing the state of the art for the industry. .

André Fuetsch, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ONF and Technical Director of AT&T

“ONF continues to innovate to amplify the power of open systems and open source in our industry. The NFB board recognizes that the lack of support for open source initiatives from commercial companies remains a factor inhibiting large-scale adoption. To meet this challenge, we agreed to create Ananki as an independent company to continue commercializing Aether with a view to accelerating the adoption and impact of open source. “

Guru Parulkar, Executive Director of the ONF and CEO of Ananki

“Ananki expands the impact of the work of the NFB and will help the NFB Aether become much more widely adopted. By providing a commercially supported option for the consumption of Aether, many other organizations will be able to easily exploit and economically the benefits of private 5G for building Industry 4.0 solutions. And in turn, Ananki is committed to contributing to the open source ONF, helping to advance the Aether platform and expand NFB community.

Learn more

You can find out more by visiting and by joining us for a live keynote on September 28 as part of the Private 5G for Industry 4.0 Spotlight event. Register here for free to attend.

About Ananki:

Ananki offers private 5G software-defined as a commercially supported service to help facilitate the company’s digital transformation. As a public benefit company, Ananki synergistically leverages the open source software platforms of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and in turn contributes to guidance, funding, developers and contributions to ONF projects. With Ananki, businesses can now choose a commercially supported option when consuming open source NFB. To learn more, visit

About the Open Networking Foundation:

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is a consortium led by operators at the forefront of disruptive network transformation. Today a recognized leader in open source solutions for operators, the ONF was launched for the first time in 2011 as the flagship of Software-Defined Networking (SDN). Led by its operator partners AT&T, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Google, NTT Group and Türk Telekom, the ONF is leading a vast transformation in the operator space. For more information visit

Open Networking SOURCE Foundation

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