By Claus Hetting, Wi-Fi NOW CEO & Chairman
Denmark-based Icotera lands Telenor Sweden as first Wi-Fi 6 router client
Residential broadband services provider Telenor Sweden has picked router manufacturer Icotera to develop its new Wi-Fi 6-capable router. Telenor Sweden has – according to Wikipedia – 645.000 home broadband subscribers. The deal marks a Wi-Fi 6 market breakthrough for the small Denmark-based Wi-Fi router and fibre CPE provider.
The new Icotera Wi-Fi 6 unit for Telenor Sweden is powered by ON Semiconductor’s 8×8 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi 6 chipset. Read the full press release here. For more about the 8×8 solutions for Wi-Fi 6-capable home gateways and routers also see this extended Wi-Fi NOW interview with Telefonica.
Nokia launches Wi-Fi 6-capable ‘Beacon 6’ mesh router
Last week Nokia launched their first Wi-Fi 6 product in the form of the ‘Beacon 6’ mesh router to complement their existing whole-home Wi-Fi mesh portfolio, which includes the Nokia WiFi Cloud Controller for remote management and optimisation.
The new unit is the first among Nokia Wi-Fi routers to support the EasyMesh standard, Nokia says in their press release here. Nokia hasn’t released the specs for the unit except to say that it is up to 40% faster than previous systems and that you only need four units ‘to cover a huge house’.
Nokia Wi-Fi’s only official service provider client thus far is Thailand’s AIS Fibre although rumour has it that a major Scandinavian client is in the pipeline. New Zealand fibre operator Chorus says they are testing the new Beacon 6 unit. Nokia also says that Beacon 6 technology includes a Nokia Bell Labs innovation called ‘Proportional Integrated Controller’ or ‘PI2’ to substantially reduce latency.
Aptilo Networks and Espressif Systems announce end-to-end interoperability for zero-touch Wi-Fi IoT
Aptilo Networks and China-based Wi-Fi chipset and module vendor Espressif last week confirmed end-to-end interoperability between Aptilo’s zero-touch IoT device authentication and onboarding platform and Espressif’s SoC platform for Wi-Fi devices. This is – as far as we know – the first partnership agreement for Aptilo in their quest to enable zero-touch, secure onboarding for Wi-Fi IoT devices. Aptilo’s solution is available on Amazon Web Services’ AWS IoT Core. For more about Aptilo’s zero-touch solution for Wi-Fi-based IoT device onboarding read here.
Belgium’s Proximus deploys AirTies for remote Wi-Fi optimisation
Last week whole-home Wi-Fi solution provider AirTies announced that Belgian leading ISP Proximus has deployed the ‘AirTies Cloud’ home Wi-Fi optimisation and management solution. “AirTies Cloud is a flexible management platform that continuously optimizes the network and gives service providers real-time visibility into their subscribers’ Wi-Fi performance, allowing remote diagnostics and troubleshooting,” AirTies says in their press release.
Proximus serves about 1.6 million broadband subscribers across Belgium. AirTies says their Wi-Fi technology has been deployed by more than 50 service providers across four continents.