Emerging Networking And Unified Communications Vendors To Know In 2020

As part of CRN’s Emerging Vendors for 2020, here are 14 hot networking and unified communications startups, founded in 2014 or later, that solution providers should be aware of.

The New Generation Of Networking And Unified Communications Companies

Corporate IT has evolved far beyond the centralized data centers of the past with compute, application and data storage resources dispersed across hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud systems. Add portable computers and mobile phones, not to mention growing numbers of connected IoT devices, and it’s easy to see the need for next-generation networking technologies.

It’s also no surprise that a new generation of startups are developing leading-edge networking products and services in software-defined networks, SD-WAN, intent-based networking, 5G and WiFi 6.

As part of CRN’s Emerging Vendors for 2020, here are 14 hot networking and unified communications startups, founded in 2014 or later, that solution providers should be aware of.


Founded: 2014

Top Executive: Olivier Pailhes, Co-Founder, CEO

Built on a flexible and scalable API, Aircall‘s cloud-based phone offering helps thousands of SMBs manage millions of customer support and/or sales calls every day. Aircall replaces outdated systems with a collaborative, efficient platform that provides relevant customer data and agent-facing tools at the onset of every call.


Founded: 2018

Top Executive: Amir Khan, Founder, CEO

Alkira delivers an on-demand, multi-cloud Network as a Service that allows companies of all sizes to quickly build and deploy global cloud networks and auto-scale to address business requirements. Alkira was founded by SD-WAN pioneers CEO Amir Khan and CTO Atif Khan, founders of Viptela.


Founded: 2014

Top Executive: George Bardissi, CEO

Bvoip is a channel-only company designed to fill the gap in the unified communications category for the MSP space. The company solves two challenges: interconnecting with many of the tools, systems and platforms that MSPs use and offering a VoIP and UC offering that MSPs can adopt.


Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Rajeev Shah, Co-Founder, CEO

Celona provides enterprises, service providers, channel vendors and MSPs with end-to-end private mobile network offerings leveraging the CBRS spectrum band. These cellular technologies include private LTE and 5G wireless network offerings incorporate AI and are as easy to deploy as Wi-Fi networks.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Ido Susan, Co-Founder, CEO

DriveNets revolutionizes communications service provider networks by disaggregating the network infrastructure, from core to edge, in the same way hyperscalers disaggregate cloud infrastructure. DriveNets Network Cloud changes the operational and economic model of the network, allowing faster scalability while increasing profitability.


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Andrew Gregoire

For2Fi, which officially launched this year, specializes in providing unlimited, high-speed 4G LTE wireless internet services for hard-to-reach businesses and those that need connectivity immediately. For2Fi is doing 100 percent of its business through the channel, working with master agent Telarus.


Founded: 2014

Top Executive: Ian Bresnahan, President, CEO

Itential provides intelligent automation for multidomain networks. Itential’s low-code automation platform seamlessly connects IT systems with network technologies for end-to-end network automation across configuration, service life cycle and policy management.

Lumina Networks

Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Andrew Coward, CEO

Lumina Networks provides open-source networking offerings that automate and simplify heterogeneous networks. Lumina acquired Brocade’s emerging SDN technology when that company was acquired and split up and now offers an OpenDaylight-based SDN controller and related products and services to deliver 5G.


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Galeal Zino, Founder, CEO

NetFoundry enables businesses to simply and securely connect applications via software-only, zero-trust, SASE architectures without the constraints of MPLS WAN, SD-WAN or VPN. NetFoundry provides Network as a Service for enterprises globally and the ability for developers to leverage the underlying open-source Ziti platform.


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Neil Darling, Founder. CEO

RingLeader is a leading internet phone service provider for North American businesses. Specializing in social communications technology, RingLeader enables groups or emerging enterprises of any size to integrate their legacy voice and data infrastructure into a distributed, secure platform, which RingLeader calls “CrowdVoicing.”


Founded: 2014

Top Executive: Saar Gillai, CEO

Teridion offers a global SD-WAN service built on the public cloud that radically improves site-to-site performance, accelerating access to SaaS applications and cloud workloads. The company’s Internet Overlay Network, delivered as a turnkey service, is powered by the Teridion Curated Routing technology.

Tikal Center

Founded: 2018

Top Executive: Doron Dovrat, Co-Founder, CEO

The Tikal Call Center is a unified platform for inbound, outbound and blended operations with advanced cloud-based and AI-driven features, reporting and management controls. The company‘s go-to-market partners use the technology platform use to deliver call center solutions and services to customers.

Uplevel Systems

Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Tom Alexander, CEO

Uplevel designed a hybrid cloud, on-premises-based, Infrastructure-as-a-Service model specifically for MSPs that easily scales, reduces support and deployment times, and preserves SMBs’ capital. Uplevel expands the kind and quantity of companies MSPs can manage, increasing profit margins, streamlining deployments and reducing support needs.


Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Brian Russell, CEO

UX2D is a hosted, cloud-based, content management software system providing simplified scalability for digital signage networks. UX2D‘s comprehensive platform is designed to maximize the benefits of digital signage, whether for integrating prebuilt apps or robust integration capabilities.