- New company focused on next generation customized wireless service to support Internet of Things and billions of devices
- Leverages Mitel Mobile technology to deliver cloud-based platform enabling wireless connectivity of 5G networks
- Market projected to reach $247 billion in ten years*
DALLAS, June 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW), a global leader in real-time business, cloud and mobile communications, has solidified its 5G program, announced earlier this year, with participation in the initial round of funding of the newly created Ranzure Networks. With $7.6M in a seed round of funding from Mitel and other investors, including LiveOak Venture Partners, Ranzure Networks will license Mitel Mobile technology in the area of Evolved Packet Core to support service providers as they build 5G networks for the Internet of Things. Worldwide 5G service revenue, driven by emerging mobile and cloud technologies, is projected to reach $247 billion in the next ten years*.
Ranzure Networks founders include well known serial mobile entrepreneur Pardeep Kohli, former Mavenir CEO, and established mobile innovator Ashok Khuntia, former Mavenir EVP, Engineering. BG Kumar, President, Mitel Mobile will take a seat on the Board.
“The days of rigid, proprietary hardware solutions are over and the migration to 5G provides opportunity for innovation,” said Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO, Ranzure Networks Inc. “We believe that satisfying varying needs of billions of devices now requires a flexible Radio Access Network that is easy to deploy, operate and customize to meet the needs of each device. Ranzure will bring flexible cloud technologies to radio access networks.”
“The pace of mobile adoption and innovation is unrelenting. At the same time our 4G mobile business is growing at record levels, we can already see the exciting opportunity for 5G to take services even further in the future,” said Rich McBee, CEO, Mitel. “Our investment in Ranzure Networks enables Mitel to keep tight focus on the immediate needs of our current mobile customers and positions us to capitalize on the 5G market opportunity as it evolves and emerges.”
“Most online content is now being accessed through wireless devices but wireless access networks have not kept up with the consumer needs,” said Venu Shamapant, General Partner, LiveOak Partners. “There is huge opportunity for innovation in this space. We are very excited about our participation in Ranzure Networks.”
*Source: ABI Research, April 2016
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