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Neutral Network Fiber Infrastructure is inspired by soaring demands for ultra-high speed, reliable internet connectivity: Gopa Kumar, CEO, RANext

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There has been rapid digitalisation of businesses, government entities, and even the daily life of the common man. Technologies have caused a major transformation in the way we communicate. Also, the onset of 5G has only pushed the growth of the communication sector with high-speed internet. However, connectivity is still an area that needs improvement. This is where the fiber infrastructure comes into the picture. RANext, a subsidiary of Space World, has developed the Neutral Network Fiber Infrastructure (NNI) which could prove to be a major catalyst in widening and boosting communication. Sharing light on the subject, Gopa Kumar, CEO, RANext joins Express Computer in an exclusive interview.      

RANext holds expertise in making buildings smarter. What is your recent innovation in this domain?

We at RANext have created an innovative and unique preposition of integrated digital and neutral platform that is capable of transmitting and managing a number of IP-based services in a building, thus making a building truly smart. This advancement enhances the building’s digital positioning covering multiple aspects such as its security that allows residents to visually verify visitors before granting access, strategic WiFi hotspots for residents to stay connected throughout the common areas, automated lighting adding to convenience and cost saving, automated vehicle recognition, digital signages, multiple choice of internet operators and many more such customised solutions with centralised control and monitoring by network operating center (NOC). This innovation not only adds an extra layer of security but also enhances convenience for residents and building managers, contributing to an overall smarter and more efficient building ecosystem.

What inspired you to come up with Neutral Network Fiber Infrastructure and what gives RANext an edge over its competitors?

The inspiration behind our Neutral Network Fiber Infrastructure (NNI) stems from our problem-solving approach. Developers and buildings are dealing with the challenges of managing multiple fronts for varied services and service providers, vendors, agencies, devices, and parallel networks that need a unified single-window solution. This is where a one-stop solution like our NNI steps in.

We are also inspired by the growing demand for ultra-high speed, reliable internet connectivity in residential and commercial spaces. Our edge over competitors lies in providing an open-access network that enables multiple service providers to offer their services, fostering competition and driving innovation while meeting the evolving connectivity needs of our customers. Our commitment to innovation and scalability, combined with extensive technical acumen and industry insight, enables us to introduce a meticulously crafted NNI that addresses the challenges faced by both service providers and end-users. This approach ensures that RANext remains at the forefront of the digital infrastructure sector, offering unparalleled connectivity solutions to our clients.

In the past decade, most businesses witnessed a digital makeover. How did you cater to the changing customer demands and evolving market trends in India?

Over the past decade, we have stayed ahead of evolving customer demands and market trends by continuously investing in research and development, partnering with leading technology vendors, and actively engaging with customers to understand their needs and preferences. Our team of subject matter experts (SMEs) ensures that our solutions align with market requirements, enabling us to cater effectively to changing customer demands in the dynamic Indian market. By offering a diverse range of services and solutions tailored to the needs of both residential and commercial clients, we have been able to adapt to shifting market trends and deliver value-added digital services that meet the evolving needs of our customers.

Please shed light on how RANext is creating a win-win model for operator – real estate owner – end consumers while providing them with the flexibility to pick their preferred service provider.

RANext implements a triple-win model by offering a neutral network infrastructure that empowers operators, real estate owners, and end consumers. Operators benefit from access to a world-class digital network and diverse customer base, while real estate owners can enhance property value by providing superior connectivity options. End consumers enjoy the flexibility to choose their preferred service provider, ensuring a competitive market that drives service quality and innovation. This model fosters collaboration and competition among stakeholders, resulting in improved service offerings and customer satisfaction. By providing a neutral platform that encourages collaboration and innovation, RANext creates value for all parties involved while ensuring that end consumers have access to high-quality, reliable connectivity services that meet their needs.

How are you leveraging emerging technologies like GenAI in your solutions? How does RANext envision itself playing a broader role in transforming the urban landscape of the country?

We leverage emerging technologies like GenAI to enhance our analytics efficiency an solution at our central control and command centers. RANext plays a broader role in transforming the urban landscape through our relentless efforts in expanding the infrastructure reach as we stand committed to continuing to contribute to the digital reach within the country. We optimise resource allocation, improve network efficiency, and enable smart city initiatives. RANext envisions itself as a key enabler of urban development, providing the digital infrastructure necessary for sustainable growth and improved quality of life in urban areas. Through strategic partnerships and innovative solutions, we aim to create smarter, more connected cities that are equipped to address the challenges of the 21st century. By harnessing the power of emerging technologies, we can drive innovation and efficiency in urban infrastructure, paving the way for a more sustainable and prosperous future.

While huge loads of data flow through your network and cables, how do you ensure comprehensive security of the data and networks? How has the recently rolled-out DPDP Act, by the Government of India, affected your operations or approach?

The value proposition of our innovative solution and Neutral Network Infrastructure (NNI) also includes and supports personal data protection, we employ advanced protocols, implement redundant systems, and collaborate with industry-leading OEM’s and partners with credible backgrounds and deliveries that complying to the guidelines. Additionally, we regularly conduct security audits and assessments to identify and address potential vulnerabilities, ensuring that our infrastructure remains secure and resilient in the face of evolving threats. By prioritising data security and compliance, we maintain the trust and confidence of our customers while mitigating potential risks.

What is your future outlook for the Indian market and can we expect some new product launches soon?

Indian market growth is exciting and our outlook for the Indian market is optimistic, with plans to expand our footprint and launch value-added solutions and services. We aim to continue innovating and delivering cutting-edge solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers. We remain committed to driving digital transformation and connectivity in India’s urban landscape. We envision a future where connectivity is seamless, ubiquitous, and accessible to all, and we are dedicated to making this vision a reality through our continued efforts and investments in technology and infrastructure. As the demand for high-speed, reliable connectivity continues to grow, we see significant opportunities for growth and expansion in the Indian market, and we are excited to capitalise on these opportunities and bring value to our customers and stakeholders.

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