By Claus Hetting, Wi-Fi NOW CEO & Chairman
Facebook & Cisco team up for affordable connectivity with Wi-Fi
Cisco – still the world’s by volume leading provider of enterprise and carrier Wi-Fi solutions by a wide margin – announced on February 6 that they are teaming up with Facebook to provide more, better, and more affordable Internet access across the globe using Wi-Fi.
Cisco will join Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi Technology Partner program and says it “will build network hardware and software that is compatible with Express Wi-Fi, helping to bring more people online and improve the internet experience.” Facebook is already working with numerous other Wi-Fi vendors including Cambium Networks, Aruba/HPE, and CommScope (Ruckus).
According to a recent study commissioned by Facebook, 3.8 billion people the world over still don’t have access to fast and reliable Internet services. Last year Facebook announced new Express Wi-Fi MNO partners in Ghana, South Africa, and in the Philippines.
Plume extends deal with Liberty Global
Wi-Fi optimisation, whole-home mesh, and OpenSync middle-layer creator Plume announced today it has extended its supply agreement with key customer Liberty Global to make Plume services – including remotely optimized home Wi-Fi and more control features – available in the UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, Ireland, and Poland.
A first selection of these services were made available to Virgin Media – Liberty Global’s UK subsidiary – already last year. As a part of the new deal Liberty Global subsidiaries will also start rolling out Plume’s new mesh Wi-Fi booster hardware called ‘Connect Pods’, which is a new generation of Plume’s well-known pluggable mesh Wi-Fi Pods and SuperPods. The mesh units have been rebranded ‘Connect Pods’ to reflect the branding convention for Liberty Global’s home Wi-Fi ‘Connect App’.
Peraso launches 60 GHz phased antennas
Canada-based 60 GHz chipset and components leader Peraso has launched another set of critical components needed to develop effective 60 GHz radio solutions: Phased antenna arrays. The company says the new phased array systems will deliver a big boost to radio link performance across full width of the 60 GHz unlicensed band.
The PER7213-PAG unit is a 64-element array delivering 22 dBi of gain and a range of 1.5 km. Peraso says customers will now be able to build multi-gigabit 60 GHz (mmWave) radio links with a range in excess of 5 km by using their PER7211-PAD antenna unit designed to feed a 390 mm dish with 44 dBi gain. For more read the full press release here.
Qualcomm lands first Wi-Fi 6 smartphone chipset deal
The publication Gizchina reports ZTE Axon 10s is the first smartphone product to incorporate Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 SoC, which includes support for Wi-Fi 6. Qualcomm, Broadcom, and Intel are widely seen as the device Wi-Fi 6 chipset leaders, with Broadcom taking an early lead in APs and smartphones while Intel continues to dominate the PC Wi-Fi 6 chipset market.