By Claus Hetting, Wi-Fi NOW CEO & Chairman
Nokia launches ‘self-optimizing’ Wi-Fi 6 mesh solution
Last week Nokia announced they’ve launched a ‘self-optimizing’ Wi-Fi 6 mesh solution for service providers including a Wi-Fi 6-capable version of their ‘Wi-Fi Beacon’ mesh extension units as well as fibre gateways and 5G FWA gateways, the company said in a press release here. Nokia says the new Wi-Fi 6 system offers 40% higher throughput and that it is ideal for 5G mobile offload because “Wi-Fi 6 uses many of the same technologies as 5G.”
Nokia claims that their new solution is a world first in ‘self-optimizing’ Wi-Fi 6 mesh meaning that the system resolves interference and congestions issues, directs devices to the best bands, and more. We’re not entirely sure that other Wi-Fi 6 solutions currently on the market don’t already do that but we’ll give Nokia the benefit of the doubt in this case.
The Nokia launch is more good news for the Wi-Fi Alliance’s EasyMesh standard in that all components of the system are EasyMesh compliant, which (in theory) means that consumers should be able to mix-and-match new gateways from Nokia with the EasyMesh-compatible mesh extenders of their choice. The new solution is designed for ISPs and hence includes the ‘Nokia WiFi Cloud Controller’ for remote management of residential Wi-Fi.
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Aptilo Networks gets acquired – and celebrates six years of working with Telkom Indonesia
Aptilo Networks – a world leader in Wi-Fi service management, a Wi-Fi NOW partner, and a long-time friend of this organisation – announced October 1st that they’ve been acquired by Swedish publicly traded telecom software vendor ENEA AB for the sum of 92 million SEK or about 10.5 million USD.
“Aptilo will continue to operate under our own brand and retain the current leadership structure. This will allow us to maintain our strong leadership in Wi-Fi Service Management and grow our new service offerings within IoT Connectivity Management as planned,” Aptilo CEO Paul Mikkelsen says in a blog entry here. Big congratulations to Aptilo Networks from Wi-Fi NOW – it indeed looks like excellent synergies will be made available to Aptilo via their new ownership.
Aptilo also announced that a key client – Telkom Indonesia – has upgraded their platform to the latest version of the Aptilo Wi-Fi Service Management Platform (SMP) and that this marks the sixth year of the two companies working together. Telkom Indonesia is one of the world’s public Wi-Fi heavyweights with 400,000 Wi-Fi APs under management. The company serves more than 70 million Wi-Fi users. Telkom Indonesia operates public Wi-Fi hotspots, so-called ‘homespots’, as well as B2B services for the enterprise, SME, wholesale, and retail, Aptilo says in their press release here.