We help customers reduce the risk of vendor lock-in
The Story Behind Niral
While working closely with Mobile Network Operators in previous projects, the Niral team understood the problem risk by Operators due to Vendor Lock-in, and challenges faced due to Proprietary, Closed, Rigid, and Expensive Solutions. It is predicted that 5G Networks needs to be 10X denser than 4G Networks. Denser network would require devices from more vendors leading to further risk of vendor lock-in.
Mobile Network Operators understand the risk of vendor lock-in and are fast transforming from traditional and proprietary solutions to openness and disaggregation. Most operators have set up their own Research and Development arm to have better control over their Vendors, Products, and Costs.
Niral Network’s co-founding team has a combined experience of more than 70 man-years in the 5G Networking Industry in India. They have rich product experience in Telecom, Data Center, and Enterprise verticals. The team has worked closely with customers in the US, India, Europe, Australia, Middle-East, and South-East Asia. They have co-founded multiple startups in the US and India and co-authored numerous patents and technical publications in the area of computer networks.
After multiple deliberations with customers, the Niral team came up with the concept of Open Product Framework. Niral Open Product Framework enables Mobile Network Operators to transition from Vendor Controlled to Operator Deliberated approach that reduces the risk of vendor lock-in.
Reduce Mobile Network Operators risk of vendor lock-in by partnering in their network transformation journey from proprietary solutions to openness and disaggregation.
Niral Networks aims to be a leading 5g network provider in India democratize the networking components deployed in 5G Access and Edge using it’s Open Product Framework. It would enable Mobile Network Operators to transform from a Vendor Controlled to Operator Deliberated network by enabling effective management of Vendors, Products and Costs using Open and Disaggregated solution.
Niral Open Product Framework are Open software products built using open source code with interoperable APIs and curated to be robust, scalable and feature compliant. Any individual or community is open to contribute towards its software enrichment or support, it is integrable to any off-the-shelf Whitebox hardware to create a Disaggregated Networking Solution.
Niral Open Product Framework is built on 4 principles:
- Open Source Software Curation
- Telco Collaborated Customization
- Disaggregation as per Telco Choice of Whitebox hardware and software
- Flexible Support from Niral or any Third Party
Dr. Inder Gopal
Dr. Inder Gopal is Chairman and Board Member for Niral Networks. He is currently a visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, working on behalf of the Government of India’s Smart City Mission to launch a nationwide Urban Data platform. He was previously Vice President of Software at Ericsson, where he was instrumental in launching their Edge computing efforts. Before that, he was Vice President of Networking at IBM, where he had responsibility for all of IBM’s hardware and software networking products. He has also worked in senior executive roles at AT&T and Prodigy. He has also founded, built-up, and successfully sold two venture-funded start-up companies, ReefEdge and Iptivia, both viewed as pioneering innovators in their space. He served as the Founding Chairman of a leading open source networking software group, OpenDaylight (ODL), recruiting dozens of top-tier companies to participate.
Dr. Gopal has also had a distinguished research career in the area of computer networks, with 20 patents and more than 70 technical publications to his credit. He worked at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, earning two IBM Outstanding Innovation Awards. He has served as editor of several technical journals and was elected Fellow of the IEEE. He has a PhD from Columbia University, New York and a BA from Oxford University, England.
Abhijit Chaudhary is the Chief Executive Officer and Board Member for Niral Networks. Abhijit has around 20 years of experience working in Telecommunication and Data Networking industry. He has vast experience in Product Management, Strategy and Innovation. He had previously Co-founded Etrance Networks and Xlayer Technologies and was instrumental in architecting Networking Virtualization, Deep Packet Inspection and Routing products for Mobile Operators and Enterprises. He was part of the initial engineering team of Apigee that got acquired by Google. He had been instrumental in setting up the India Development Centre of Sandvine and helped to grow the engineering team to around 100 staff. He had previously worked with Cisco, Huawei and Motorola as an Architect and Senior Engineering roles.
Abhijit is active with Startup Ecosystem and is an invited speaker in events related to 5G, IOT and Telecom. He holds patent and contributes to magazines in Telecom and Computer Networks. He completed his Masters in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is a Certified Product Manager from Association of International Product Marketing & Management.