Intel Quietly Buys Software-Defined Private 5G Network Provider
While the aftermath of this year’s MWC was characterized by particularly vocal discussions about new private network solution and partnership announcements, certain long-term strategic acquisitions have happened more or less unnoticed. Chipset manufacturer Intel has made a major step forward into the private cellular domain by acquiring private network provider Ananki. As a recent spin-off of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), Ananki’s mission has been to deliver open source-based software-defined private 5G as a commercial service. At the same time, Intel will take over the Open Networking Team. While relatively little detail is known about the modalities of the acquisition itself, it has emerged that Ananki and the ONF developer team have joined Intel’s Networking and Edge (NEX) Group as of April 5, 2022.
While an acquisition as such might not justify a lengthy write-up, this specific instance marks an important breaking point in the private networks market landscape, which is worth discussing in some detail.
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