A startup using open-source components to offer software-defined private 5G as a service hopes to attract enterprises with an architecture that it says is as simple as Wi-Fi's.\n\n5G resources\n\nHow 5G frequency affects range and speed\nPrivate 5G can solve some problems that Wi-Fi can\u2019t\nPrivate 5G keeps Whirlpool driverless vehicles rolling\n5G can make for cost-effective private backhaul\nCBRS can bring private 5G to enterprises\n\n\nCalled Ananki, the company requires little of enterprises in order to deploy the service: Customers set up small-cell 5G radios on-site, point them toward a cloud network running the Ananki software, install SIMs on the enterprise hardware that will tap into the service, and Ananki\u2019s automation remotely configures the radios and provisions the SIMs.\nThe service includes a management dashboard and APIs for customizing the deployment and provides round-the-clock support.\nThat\u2019s a change of pace from the private 5G offerings on the market now, which require growing in-house 5G knowledge or hiring outside experts, contracting with service providers for 5G spectrum or licensing it themselves, and negotiating core-network connections.\n\nLearn more about 5G and WiFi 6\n\nWhat is 5G? How is it better than 4G?\nHow to determine if WiFi 6 is right for you\nWhat is MU-MIMO? Why do you need it in your wireless routers?\nWhen to use 5G, when to use WiFi 6\nHow enterprises can prep for 5G networks\n\n\n\u201cI don\u2019t think they want it to be just like Wi-Fi, partially because it\u2019s a bit of a shotgun-to-kill-a-fly approach,\u201d said Gartner director analyst Bill Menezes. \u201cWhat they\u2019re really trying to do, at least from my perspective, is to make it as seamless as possible for an organization to adopt private 5G.\u201d That\u2019s potentially a big attraction for IIoT and Industry 4.0 users, which Ananki has explicitly targeted with its initial marketing materials.\nPrivate 5G\u2019s advantage over the latest Wi-Fi is twofold. First, because 5G spectrum is licensed, users of it don\u2019t have to compete with others for unlicensed bandwidth as is the case with Wi-Fi. And second, 5G small cells cover larger areas than Wi-Fi, Menezes said.\nAnanki is a spinoff from The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit industry consortium that promotes open-source-based wireless infrastructure technology and is backed by major telecoms and tech vendors including Google and Intel.\nAnanki\u2019s service incorporates several of ONF\u2019s open-source technologies including Aether, its 5G edge platform that provides a framework for managing both licensed and unlicensed connectivity. It also taps ONF\u2019s open-source software-defined core (SD-Core), software-defined radio access network (SD-RAN), and software-defined fabric (SD-Fabric) platforms to support those aspects of a deployment.\nAnanki\u2019s service subscriptions are available now.