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10 Hot Networking Startup Companies To Watch In 2023

Gina Narcisi

The hottest networking startups of 2023 are focused on the edge, private 5G and cellular networking, and SASE.

All About The Edge

Networking newcomers are proving one thing right now: edge, multi-cloud, and private networking are far from buzzwords.

Startups in this space are making a name for themselves by starting at the edge and harnessing new kinds of connectivity, including LTE and 5G, to fill in the gaps for enterprises. Many businesses have had to extend their networks thanks to a slew of unique use cases over the last few years have demanded connectivity in new places, such as pop-up locations and outdoors.

These upstarts bursting onto the scene are giving some of the largest incumbent networking vendors a run for their money with their hybrid networking solutions that play nice with existing connectivity technology and cloud platforms. But there’s also room for partnership because these companies aren’t trying to be everything to every enterprise. For example, networking and SD-WAN vendors such as Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, and SD-WAN specialist Versa Networks, are choosing to team with startups because of their fresh takes on private 5G, managed networking offerings and next-generation connectivity options.

Many of these players also recognize that businesses are looking for new ways to buy networking, including subscription-based, pay-by-the-drink flavors of edge and private networking, and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and SD-WAN services.

From those specializing in multi-cloud-based offerings and networking as a service, to edge and private networking, here are 10 hot networking startups of 2023 that are tapping partners to help get the word out on their offerings.

*Aarna Networks











Gina Narcisi

Gina Narcisi is a senior editor covering the networking and telecom markets for Prior to joining CRN, she covered the networking, unified communications and cloud space for TechTarget. She can be reached at

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