By Claus Hetting, Wi-Fi NOW CEO & Chairman
The Wi-Fi World Congress 2020 is over and for the first time the event was virtual and broadcast from our website for free. The result? Thousands of viewers from all over the world tuned in to learn and connect with the Wi-Fi industry’s leaders. A paradigm shift is in the making with Wi-Fi 6 and 6 GHz.
Kicking off on September 29 and ending Thursday of last week: 7 Days of virtual Wi-Fi industry conference is now over following thought-leadership presentations, interviews, and discussions featuring more than 50 speakers. The event was a spectacular popular success with more than 3,000 viewers tuning in to watch the conference live stream delivered from this website.
The conference is now available as video-on-demand. To navigate to individual day programs go to this link (videos are unedited so you may need to fast-forward 10-15 minutes to get to the first speaker).
The highlights are many but here are some we particularly liked: Presentation by long-time Wi-Fi NOW speaker and Wi-Fi industry veteran Dan Rabinovitsj, today VP at Facebook, and – as always – a passionate and heartwarming interview with FCC Commissioner and fervent Wi-Fi advocate Jessica Rosenworcel. We were also delighted and amazed at the amount of 802.11 standardisation activity happening – as presented by 802.11 workgroup chair Dorothy Stanley – as well as the frankly staggering amount of new Wi-Fi technology being developed for example by Intel, Qualcomm, MediaTek, NXP, ON Semiconductor, and others.
We’re also excited and delighted that we once again had a chance to support our many Wi-Fi NOW Partners including our new Wi-Fi roaming partner BlueportiQ, Wi-F mesh partner Mercku, Spirent, WatchGuard, Aptilo Networks, and GoZone WiFi.
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Altogether 2020 was and still is a remarkable year in Wi-Fi – perhaps even in part driven by the pressure on home networks precipitated by lockdowns. Presentations from ASSIA, Plume, AirTies, CommScope, Google Nest, Calix, and others exemplified how working-from-home is driving advances in Wi-Fi services that may otherwise have taken years to achieve.
Similarly, the hospitality industry is racing ahead with technological advancements – including new Wi-Fi-based services from World Cinema aka ImpruviX and Deep Blue Communications – which may otherwise have been relegated to the distant future.