Vanu, Inc. creates solution for places that don’t have good coverage today. Every operator would like to color in the whole coverage map, and the only reason they do not is that current technology does not make it cost effective to provide coverage in many areas such as inside of buildings, in rural areas, in tunnels and on ships.  Vanu’s solutions combine technology and business model innovation to reduce the total cost of ownership of wireless networks. The Vanu innovative solution enables profitable cellular coverage in areas that cannot be covered with existing technology

The company grew out of groundbreaking research in software radio at MIT and was founded in 1998. Vanu is the developer of the Anywave® Base Station. Anywave was the first commercial Radio Access Network (RAN) product to simultaneously support multiple cellular radio standards on the same platform and the the first U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)-certified software radio.  In addition, it is the first Radio Access Network (RAN) product to simultaneously support multiple cellular radio standards on the same platform. Vanu’s software RAN solutions are developed through the use of Software Defined Radio (SDR).

Traditionally, wireless infrastructure manufacturers have developed single-standard, high-power, high-capacity networks to address cellular coverage needs. These dedicated networks require a large financial investment that took a long time to generate positive returns on that initial investment. As new technologies emerged, so did the need for addition investment to build a new radio access network (RAN) to support each additional standard.

Vanu, Inc. developed the first commercially available software radio access network (RAN) that lets wireless carriers operate multiple standards simultaneously on a single platform. That means GSM, CDMA, iDEN and more… all operating simultaneously from a single base station.

Vanu’s software RAN solutions have the ability to transform the wireless infrastructure industry in the same fashion the PC changed the computer industry. For decades, computers were a vertically integrated industry where a single ven­dor provided an end-to-end solution that included all components – processor, motherboard, operating system and applications. Over time, the industry has transformed into a horizontal framework for customers to purchase each of these components from multiple vendors.

In the wireless infrastructure industry, a vertically integrated single vendor solution that included the BTS, BSC, base­band, RF head and antenna subsystems was the only choice. Through the utilization of Vanu’s software RAN solutions, an operator now has the freedom to choose how they want to do business with their vendor partners based on the best fit for their business needs. This could be purchasing an end-to-end solution from a single vendor acting as a systems integrator, purchasing each component separately from the vendor of their choice in order to build a best-in-class RAN, or any option in between.

Vanu is headquartered in Lexington, MA with two offices in India located in Gurgaon and Bangalore as well an office in Rwanda, in Kigali, Rwanda.

Reducing Total Cost of Ownership

The primary barrier for creating new coverage is the operating cost of the network, not the capital cost. For example, in rural areas the revenue per cell site is lower and the cost of operating the network is often higher due to the need for diesel generators for off grid sites.  Similarly, the cost of the building lease and connectivity for in-building coverage solutions is often greater than the incremental revenue potential from in-building traffic. By combining innovations in technology, network architecture and business model, Vanu creates comprehensive solutions that enables operators to cost effectively cover areas that they have not been able to address to date.

A Reputation for Innovation and Industry Firsts

Vanu has a proven track record of developing industry firsts and taking them forward into live networks, showcased by its development of the first productized software Radio Access Network. Vanu has achieved many industry firsts along with the approval of multiple patents.

  • In 2003, it debuted the first GSM base station with all signal processing performed entirely in software, followed by FCC certification in 2004.
  • In 2006, Vanu successfully demonstrated the first GSM/CDMA/iDEN base station followed by the world’s first commercial deployment of a dual-standard GSM/CDMA Radio Access Network.
  • In 2012, Vanu deployed the first zero-OPEX in-building coverage solution in India.
  • In 2013, Vanu launched the first multi-standard wholesale coverage network through its subsidiary, CoverageCo, in Vermont.
  • In 2014, Vanu deployed the first successful cellular suppression system that prevented the use of illicit cellphones in prisons on all cellular frequencies and standards.
  • In early 2016, Vanu began construction of the first solar-powered, wholesale network in Rural Rwanda that will cover 1 million people who do not have any connectivity today.