By Claus Hetting, Wi-Fi NOW CEO & Chairman
Calix delivers full Wi-Fi 6 ‘Revenue Edge’ solution to Silver Star, Wyoming
ISPs should take responsibility for whole-home Wi-Fi services so that users don’t need to turn to consumer mesh products, says Calix. And so far their strategy is working: On December 17 Calix announced that Silver Star Communications – a Wyoming, USA-based ISP – will henceforth be using the entire Calix ‘Revenue Edge’ solution to power Wi-Fi 6-based home broadband services.
Silver Star has been deploying Calix’s Wi-Fi 6-capable GigaSpire BLAST solution since last year but is now expanding its services platform to include all of Calix’s ‘Revenue Edge’ capabilities. As a result Silver Star will be able to manage and monetize of the full Wi-Fi 6 user experience including access to data analytics, Wi-Fi service management, support, Wi-Fi optimisation, and more.
In their press release Calix says Silver Star has succeeded in achieving a remarkable 74% adoption rate for Calix’s CommandIQ™ mobile app with which the subscriber manages, monitors, and configures his or her suite of home Wi-Fi services. This means that Silver Star now “owns a direct channel to engage with subscribers instantly,” says Calix – and they are right, of course. The app can be branded according to the ISPs name, Calix says.
We’re also delighted to announce that Calix is a Wi-Fi NOW partner for 2021 – which means we will be bringing lots of news and information on the groundbreaking work done by Calix and the company’s clients right here on Wi-Fi NOW News. Watch this space.
UAE first country in MEA to release 500 MHz of 6 GHz spectrum to Wi-Fi
The United Arab Emirates has as of yesterday – December 28, 2020 -released 500 MHz of 6 GHz spectrum to Wi-Fi. The new Wi-Fi band will be 5925-6425 MHz and the acceptable power level for indoor Wi-Fi usage in 6 GHz will be 250 mWatt, the official UEA government statement says. the UAE takes the prize as the hands down world’s fastest regulatory process for enabling Wi-Fi 6E in that only weeks ago, the UAE issued a ‘Request for Information’ regarding the band.
The UAE becomes the first country in the Middle East & Africa region to release the band. The full press release can be seen here. The UAE has a population of just under 10 million and is one of the most dynamic business hubs in the MEA region.
Airvine & the ‘all-wireless enterprise’ secures 7 million in seed funding
Wi-Fi NOW Award winning enterprise networking startup Airvine has secured seed funding to the tune of 7 million US dollars, the company announced in a press release on December 16. The participating financing partners will be Valley Capital Partners and Orbit Venture Partners. Earlier this month, Airvine won the Wi-Fi NOW Best Enterprise Wi-Fi Solution award for their 60 GHz WaveTunnel device – an innovation that will allow enterprises to backhaul networks wirelessly, even by shooting 60 GHz signals through walls.
CEO Vivek Ragavan says: “We are very pleased with the team that we are pulling together. It consists of world-class networking and RF experts from across the industry and we are driving rapidly toward product availability in 2021.” For more about Airvine’s remarkable innovation read here.