By Claus Hetting, Wi-Fi NOW CEO & Chairman
In the latest installment of the ‘Connected by Broadcom’ video interview series, Girish Naganathan – CTO & SVP Broadband Product Unit at Technicolor – says ‘Wi-Fi 6E is a game changer’ and that ‘one size does not fit all’ when it comes to broadband platforms. Watch the entire 24-minute interview here.
Technicolor may be one of the least marketed companies in the Wi-Fi (and broadband) industry and yet the company wields tremendous impact on the connected lives of tens of millions of people through their work with – among others – Comcast and Spectrum in the US. In the latest installment of Broadcom’s ‘Connected by Broadcom’ interview series, Girish Naganathan – CTO & SVP Broadband Product Unit at Technicolor – shares fresh insights into the state of the industry.
Girish Naganathan says the service provider point of view has shifted from providing speeds and feeds to delivering quality of experience. “Broadband customers will buy speeds, but after that they are looking for a great connectivity experience,” he says. This also means that access to data that reflects Wi-Fi performance within homes and businesses is essential as are new management standards such as Wi-Fi EasyMesh™, Naganathan says.
As for the future of Wi-Fi, Naganathan says that Wi-Fi 6E is a game changer. “There are many ways to enhance the experience with the new 6 GHz band – for example by using 6 GHz for mesh backhaul alone, or simply delivering a natural boost in performance as a result of the new band being available only to Wi-Fi 6E devices. We also envision a great use case in using 6 GHz Wi-Fi for MDUs,” Naganathan says.
He also says it is essential that the broadband industry continues to recognise that ‘one size does not fit all’ and that regional differences in geography, economy, and consumer expectations drive a lot of disparate development of broadband solutions for service providers across the world. “We do need to provide a range of solutions because market conditions are very different between for example the US and Latin America. That also means that it is important that the Wi-Fi industry delivers a range of options in connectivity platforms to suit varying operator needs,” says Girish Naganathan.
About Connected by Broadcom: The interview series brings industry perspectives from Broadcom’s strategic partners. The series goes beyond Wi-Fi to cover broadband, wireless infrastructure and other areas covering the wider portfolio of Broadcom semiconductor products.