“An innovator is someone who questions today’s solutions and works to find a better way”
Mobile networks that connect the world
Due to the earthquakes in Northern Italy in 2012, fixed and mobile networks were severely overloaded or damaged. Fortunately, Athonet was able to step in and offer their services during this period.
“The Italian Civil Protection had installed our network, utilising it for real-time fixed video surveillance, wearable mobile video and voice communications to and from field emergency personnel as well as providing free WiFi access for civilians.”
Today, Athonet’s network solutions are deployed all over the world “including North America, Europe and a few countries in LatAm, Africa, and Asia-Pacific,” El Malki continues.
Athonet provides service to governments, mobile operators as well as different enterprises, such as utilities, Industry 4.0, logistics, hospitals, and airports. “We offer our clients private 4G/5G networks that respond to specific organisational needs,” explains the CEO.
In addition to the immediate benefits to existing service providers and users, the platform also offers highly efficient solutions capable of bridging the digital divide and connecting the 4 billion people who currently don’t have access to the internet.
The company’s guiding philosophy that “innovation is the foundation for any disruptive company” is clearly paying off. This year at the Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO Awards) in Barcelona, Athonet BubbleCloud won the prize for “Best Mobile Innovation for Enterprise” a prestigious accolade presented at the world’s leading event for the mobile phone industry.
As Athonet continues to stride forward into the future, the focus is on expanding the company’s business internationally; the first steps have already been taken with the opening of an office in the United States, while there are plans “to open one very soon in France after winning an important government tender for Public Safety LTE.”
Into the future with Enel
The relationship between Athonet and Enel began a few years ago. “Our partnership began in 2011 when our technology was used by Enel for an innovative Smartgrid network deployment in Italy. One year after that, we were selected for the Enel Lab programme,” explains El Malki.
For El Malki, Enel’s position is unique because it has a massive market potential for early stage companies and is willing to take risks to try disruptors and new technology. “What any company needs in its initial phase is to understand customer needs and gain access to them. That is, Enel not only provides for the utility market but they also go beyond it with Enel X,” he adds. At Enel, we chose their technology to build a pioneering virtualised Mobile Virtual Network.
El Malki emphasises that “mobile traffic has increased dramatically over the past 10 years as we have become dependent on mobile devices for internet connectivity and communication in general.” If we look to the future, “mobile network technology will become even more flexible, enabling use for new services and by new customers such as connected factories, connected buildings, augmented reality and robots.”