A new WiFi mesh system running on Ubee Interactive's DOCSIS 3.1 cable modems will deliver carrier-grade D3.1 whole-home WiFi when it debuts to operators worldwide in 2018, according to its vendor. That should benefit service providers offering smart-home solutions.
Taiwanese cross-chipset platform WiFi mesh solution provider New Garden designed the so-called WiFigarden SDK (software development kit) and plans to collaborate on Ubee Interactive customer premises (CPE) products such as solutions across WiFi access point, DOCSIS 3.0/3.1 cable gateways, DSL gateways and WiFi repeaters. Its target market is service providers.
Because it's a mesh solution with multiple WiFi nodes rather than traditional home WiFi with one access point, WiFigarden-equipped home networks will have expanded coverage and optimized performance with few, if any, dead zones, according to New Garden.
Smart homes -- which can include hundreds of Internet of Things sensors -- tap into the wireless capabilities of a residential fixed network. Despite operators' investments in fiber, VDSL, Gfast and other next-generation access technologies, some home users complain about sluggish network performance as the number of wirelessly connected drives grows, a sticking point in the $70.2 billion smart home market.
Non-profit industry organization Broadband Forum this week unveiled new standards and new Open Broadband initiatives to support operators' goal of interoperability for lower costs and accelerated deployment.
When offered the choice of selecting individual components of a smart home solution, European and US broadband users both chose fire alerts and emergency notifications as the most important options, a Strategy Analytics study finds.
5G promises connectivity 10 to 100 times faster than 4G networks, with latencies less than 1msec, making real-time applications such as tactile Internet useable over mobile networks for the first time. However, mobile operators will need to deploy ten times as many radio sites, each with highly reliable plug-and-go multi-gigabit connections, to achieve that level of performance.
In this UBB2020 webinar, Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown and ADTRAN's Ryan McCowan will:
Discuss 5G densification strategies and their network impact
Outline the different requirements for backhaul and fronthaul needed to support 5G densification strategies
Explore next-generation PON-fixed access technologies and software defined networking principles as emerging solutions to accelerate 5G densification
Outline how NG-PON2, the next-generation multi-gigabit fiber technology, supports the x-haul (fronthaul, backhaul and crosshaul applications) requirements of 5G
NG-PON2 broadband access technology is already in trials with multiple major network operators but is it too early for the commercial deployment of this next generation ultra-broadband technology? In this UBB2020 live radio show, ADTRAN's Kurt Raaflaub provides an update on NG-PON2 developments and chats to Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre about how this technology could play a role in production access networks in 2017.