From fans who want to experience a championship game in 360-degree virtual reality, to remote workers who need unprecedented home office performance, there’s more demand than ever for gigabit speeds and seamless Wi-Fi. The challenge for network operators? Getting the most from existing infrastructure while future-proofing their networks for upcoming standards like 5G. They must also provide consistent, high-performance Wi-Fi that can scale as more devices get connected in the home.
At this year’s Broadband World Forum (BBWF) in Berlin, Oct. 24-26, the telecom industry will get a taste of what’s coming next. The BBWF is the flagship event for operators that want to generate new revenue and maximize the value of existing services with next-generation networks. Intel is very excited to be part of it, with activities that include a keynote speaker and a booth at which we’ll debut our latest technologies, along with partner solutions.
Overcoming cost and complexity
Today, operators are facing several key challenges in connectivity, both into the home and throughout. Fragmented networks and multiple types of customer premises equipment (CPE) can increase operational costs and complexity. Spotty Wi-Fi can drive up the volume of expensive customer service calls and truck rolls — not to mention hurt your brand experience by leaving subscribers frustrated and less than satisfied.
Gigabit speeds with network flexibility
At Intel, we engineer technologies for the connected home with these challenges in mind. Intel AnyWAN solutions bring gigabit speeds into the home via any combination of wireline or wireless access technologies — copper, fiber, fixed wireless access or hybrid. This means service providers can magnify the value of existing infrastructure — for example, by deploying G.fast on copper — while providing the flexibility to upgrade networks to 5G and other future standards.
You can visit our booth at BBWF, where we’ll showcase our latest Intel AnyWAN VRXtransceiver, the solution for 212 MHz G.fast multimode gateways. This highly integrated device supports any residential ITU copper access standard, leveraging decades of interoperability experience. Our live demo will show throughput speeds over twisted pair — demonstrating how operators can offer gigabit services today. You can also see how such multi-mode devices support legacy standards such as VDSL or ADSL. Whether it’s G.fast or DSL mode, the Intel AnyWAN VRX transceiver automatically adapts, supporting a great number of operator migration scenarios.
Consistent Wi-Fi performance
The data demands from a growing number of connected devices and experiences in the home are taxing the availability and performance of the home network. At BBWF, we’ll show how the Intel Home Wi-Fi Chipset WAV500 Series enables the delivery of consistent, high-performance Wi-Fi that doesn’t slow down as more devices are connected.
A gateway that works smarter
This year, we’re proud to feature a demo of the SmartRG Corona SR900ac Gateway, which is based on the Intel AnyWAN SoC GRX350 and Intel Home Wi-Fi Chipset WAV500 series. The gateway is preloaded with SmartOS, SmartRG’s OpenWrt-based residential network operating system that is designed to support the transition to virtualization in the connected home. It also includes built-in support for SmartRG Home Analytics, which helps reduce operational expenses through insights into home Wi-Fi networks that were never before available. These analytics help streamline the troubleshooting of Wi-Fi issues and improve the customer experience.
In addition to delivering fast Wi-Fi and supporting more than 64 clients per band without slowing down, the modular gateway enables easy upgrades for fiber to the home and G.fast for true gigabit performance. To learn more about SmartRG and the Corona SR900ac Gateway, visit SmartRG.com.
Building valuable connections
It’s not enough to simply connect things. It’s about providing value in those connections. Our booth will feature a demo of Greenwave Systems’ AXON Platform. This IoT platform translates and orchestrates relationships between people, things, and processes to create new value. Visitors can see demonstrations of practical IoT use cases in the areas of safety, security, energy savings, convenience and insight through analytics — all powered by Intel technology. These demos will leverage voice and gesture interactions to interconnect devices. You can learn more about Greenwave Systems and the AXON platform at greenwavesystems.com.
Innovation today and tomorrow
BBWF 2017 gives us the chance to showcase what we’re working on today, but we never take our eyes off the future. We’re always working on ways to enhance the value of your network and help you deliver greater value inside the home. We hope to see you at the Intel Connected Home booth at BBWF in Hall 21, Booth #103.