By 2023, North America will have a total of 5 billion connected devices, up from 3 billion in 2018, and an average of 13.4 devices/connections per person, up from 8.2 in 2018. These numbers include personal devices such as tablets, smartphones, wearables, gaming systems and smart TVs, but also a wide variety of devices used for home automation and monitoring.
The need for Wi-Fi is evolving…
During the global Covid-19 crisis, Wi-Fi became virtually indispensable with people relying more than ever before on their Wi-Fi connections for working, learning, entertainment, and socializing through videoconferencing.
…and so is Wi-Fi
A combination of interference, congestion, and the increased load on the network from applications is having a detrimental effect on the Wi-Fi experience. Fortunately, Wi-Fi technology continues to evolve. Originally called 802.11ax, the newest standard has been rebranded to “Wi-Fi 6” by the Wi-Fi Alliance.
While previous releases of the standard focused on achieving theoretical peak speeds under good conditions, Wi-Fi 6 targets improved performance and capacity in real-world conditions. Part of this improvement involves a fourfold increase in peak speeds, as well as support for both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. But the primary purpose of Wi-Fi 6 is to increase the capacity of home networks and improve their efficiency, particularly in dense environments where devices with different usage profiles are connecting at varying distances.
While the Wi-Fi 6 standard ushered in significant improvements in performance and efficiency, Wi-Fi 6E is designed to provide users with an even larger boost in bandwidth by expanding Wi-Fi into the 6 GHz frequency. By allowing only Wi-Fi 6E-compatible devices to connect, the new Wi-Fi 6E spectrum makes it possible for users to take full advantage of a whole host of new interactive bandwidth-intensive applications, such as 16K video and virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR).
For service providers, Wi-Fi 6 and 6E promise several important business benefits.
A better rate and reach: Wi-Fi 6 systems offer (on average) 30 percent better rate and reach compared to earlier-generation Wi-Fi 5 (11ac) systems.
A jump on the competition: Providing subscribers with the latest Wi-Fi hardware enables service providers to stay ahead of the game.
A superior user experience: Service providers who offer carrier-grade, Wi-Fi 6-compatible systems, especially as part of a Managed Wi-Fi package, will stand apart in the market.
More premium service offerings: Improved performance drives increased demand for premium high-speed Internet and Managed Wi-Fi packages.
With its exciting new features focused on efficiency and performance in dense real-world Wi-Fi environments, Wi-Fi 6/6E gives service providers the ability to combat intense competition in the market, provide a superior Wi-Fi experience, and increase high-speed Internet service revenues.
“Last year, our operational efficiency and member experience allowed us to break records with the capital we returned to our members, and this Calix Revenue EDGE partnership has us on track to repeat that in 2020."
—Ritchie Sorrells, president and CEO for GVTC
“We knew immediately when Calix launched the Revenue EDGE that it would be critical to our growth, and it has helped us shift our core focus from operational delivery to subscriber experience delivery...now with the new BLAST u6, we are getting to market in a matter of hours.”
—Josh Wehe, director of network operations for Jade Communications
"With Calix, our subscribers get the ultimate Wi-Fi 6 system on the market, all managed through the cloud. We anticipate that managed Wi-Fi adoption rates will continue to accelerate, and since the BLAST u6 installations are so seamless, we know we can get them up and running with ease."
—Dustin Durden, general manager for the Pineland Telephone Cooperative
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— Chris Marett, co-president and CFO of Novus
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