LimeNET extends the unprecedented flexibility and significant cost benefits of software-defined networking to the radio access network (RAN).

LimeNET heralds the next chapter in the evolution of radio access networks and provides solid foundations for any application that is a convergence of wireless technologies, such as:

  • Cellular networks
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Media streaming

With LimeNET a complete cellular or IoT infrastructure stack can be delivered as a secure, self-contained application, running on commodity hardware integrated with LimeSDR. With the ability to rapidly roll-out — and should it ever be required, roll-back — updates, and indeed reconfigure the hardware for a different system altogether.

Radically open

LimeNET Open Model Incumbent Closed Model
Chipset Readily available and open source software Closed and proprietary with vendor lock-in
Radio Hardware Readily available and open source Closed and highly specialised
Baseband & Digital General-purpose motherboards Proprietary ASICs
Software App-based with worldwide developer network Closed and expensive with vendor lock-in
Deployment & Maintenance Uses general IT skillset and commodity hardware Highly specialised and requires OEM support

LimeNET replaces closed and highly specialized, esoteric equipment, software, and knowledge with open source software and commodity hardware, thereby representing a radically open alternative to the incumbent, closed wireless model.


LimeNET hardware builds on the field proven LimeSDR platform by offering an array of qualified LimeSDR-based hardware configurations.


LimeNET hardware is supported by the Ubuntu Core secure operating system, which in turn can be integrated with an app store to deploy secure, containerized applications known as “snaps”. Both private and public app stores are supported, with a reference store that features certified applications from Lime and partners. The O/S and applications benefit from advanced security features and transactional updates.


LimeNET is much more than simply a technology stack because we have partnered with a number of key organisations, that are equally committed to establishing disruptive technology ecosystems.This will provide platforms for radically open innovation and enable us to meet the many and ever growing demands placed on wireless communications.

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