Recently, the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) hosted its members, partners and others in the Wi-Fi ecosystem at the WBA’s Wireless Global Congress in London. Intel was pleased to have Artur Zaks, technologist with our Connected Home Division, participate in a panel exploring the most promising developments in residential Wi-Fi. He joined John Bahr, lead architect of Wireless Research and Development with CableLabs; Jose Pablo Salvador, senior technology innovation engineer with Fon; and Andrew Marchant, director of Connectivity Platforms with Liberty Global in the discussion.
The panel examined how operators can benefit from new opportunities and approaches in residential Wi-Fi. These included strategies to improve network management, strengthen security and enhance Wi-Fi service and coverage—both throughout the home and via public Wi-Fi. The panel discussed new business models based on wholesale Wi-Fi, enabled by a neutral host model and cloud-based Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2). They also explored how Wi-Fi 6, based on the upcoming IEEE 802.11ax standard, will offer a new feature set to improve management, security and service quality.
Here are five key takeaways from the panel:
To learn more about the future of home Wi-Fi, visit intel.com/wifiax. Also, look for more about the latest opportunities in residential Wi-Fi in an upcoming white paper, expected to be published later this year by the Wireless Broadband Alliance and accessible from the resource center on www.wballiance.com.