By Claus Hetting, Wi-Fi NOW CEO & Chairman
Cisco & UK-based Oxbotica team up for connected vehicle Wi-Fi roaming
According to Cisco and Oxbotica autonomous vehicles generate huge amounts of data – up to 80 GB per drive-hour – from sensors, driver assistance logs, etc. and they typically will need to send a significant amount of this to home base for processing. Add to this that connected (but not autonomous) vehicles are expected to produce 8.3 GB of data per day. All of this obviously adds up to a sizeable data connectivity challenge – and Cisco is proposing that a key component of this is Cisco’s OpenRoaming scheme designed for secure, auto-connect Wi-Fi connectivity.
In essence OpenRoaming will allow vehicle Wi-Fi systems (or any Wi-Fi-capable device supporting Hotspot 2.0 and loaded with the right credentials) to connect to trusted OpenRoaming-enabled Wi-Fi hotspots automatically and begin the secure transfer of data. This could happen when a vehicle for example stops at gas stations, EV charging stations, service centres – any location with a suitable Passpoint-enabled Wi-Fi hotspot hooked up to the OpenRoaming platform for authentication. Read more about Cisco’s OpenRoaming Federation here.
Cisco: Wi-Fi speeds will triple towards 2023 – and other great Wi-Fi news
Cisco’s Annual Internet report is out – and is positively overflowing with great news for the Wi-Fi industry – so much that it will be hard for us to wrap our heads around it all and we suggest that you take your own concerted look at the report here. But here most of the salient points paraphrased:
Cisco says Wi-Fi speeds on mobile (phones) devices will triple over five years, growing from 30 Mbps in 2018 to 92 Mbps in 2023. The big step up is the result of Wi-Fi 6 and 6E. Compare this to cellular speeds which are expected to land at 43 Mbps in 2023 (in fairness Cisco also says that 5G speeds will reach 575 Mbps but we’re assuming they’re talking about mmmWave).
In general Cisco says Wi-Fi hotspot numbers will grow sharply by factor of four between 2018 and 2023 reaching a total of 628 million hotspots (including so-called ‘homespots’) by 2023. Wi-Fi 6 hotspots will constitute 11% of the hotspot total by 2023.
Cambium Networks expands partnership with Facebook
Cambium Networks – a long time partner of Wi-Fi NOW events and media – on February 27 announced it is expanding its partnership with Facebook Connectivity and the Telecom Infra Project in number of areas including incorporating Terragraph mesh networking into Cambium Networks’ 60 GHz radios, enhancing Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi with next-generation mesh as well as with Facebook’s so-called Self-Organising Mesh Access (SOMA).
Add to this that Cambium Networks will also be working with with Facebook and others as a member of the newly expanded Telecom Infra Project. See the full press release here.
Norway’s Get/Telia signs deal with Zyxel for Wi-Fi gateways
Norway’s Get/Telia – the country’s second-largest home broadband provider – has signed a deal with Zyxel for delivery of Wi-Fi 6 capable gateways, Zyxel says in their press release here. The Zyxel EX5501 will deliver a total of close to 6 Gbps of peak capacity (4.8 Gbps on 5 GHz and 1.1 Gbps on 2.4 GHz), the company says. Get/Telia serves 500,000 homes with fibre broadband connectivity across Norway and some 1.8 million corporate and private users every day, the company says. The chipset technology for the Zyxel Wi-Fi 6 gateway is provided by Broadcom.