Technicolor launches Wi-Fi XL to help network service providers deliver multi-user gigabit services
Technicolor has officially announced the global availability of its Wi-Fi XL solution for network service providers (NSPs) seeking to offer improved in-home wireless performance while managing the growing complexity associated with offering multi-user gigabit services to consumers. Technicolor’s gateways and extenders developed for the Wi-Fi XL solution are built to support the latest Wi-Fi 6 and EasyMeshTM standards which enables NSPs to address the challenges of providing seamless in-home connectivity.
“While operators have made a lot of progress in bringing gigabit speeds to the home, NSPs are looking for ways to ensure that both speed and connectivity are maintained and propagated throughout the home via in-home Wi-Fi networks,” says Ashwani Saigal, Vice President, of Technicolor’s Broadband Product Unit.
This is a customer need that is only going to grow in importance as the complexity of in-home wireless environments rises, resulting in network performance degradation and end-user frustration.
“A growing number of devices -- including phones, TVs, and new IoT equipment -- are all trying to connect to the wireless network all the time. This is creating dense connectivity environments that generate throughput issues. Increasingly, end users are turning to their NSPs to address these issues. Technicolor’s Wi-Fi XL solution represents the latest evolution in our ongoing mission to meet this market need,” Saigal says.
“The specially developed gateways and extenders support Technicolor’s HOMEWARE-- based on the latest Open WRT release -- and RDK-B middleware environments. This means that NSPs will be able to benefit from the innovations that are already emerging from Technicolor’s HERO Partnership Program that makes the connected home in general and wireless connectivity in particular, a new playground for technology companies and developers,” says Saigal.
As such the Wi-Fi XL offering complements the work that Technicolor is developing with Technicolor’s HERO Partners Program -- including AirTies.
“Wi-Fi XL makes available advanced software solutions from our partners that intelligently select the most appropriate access point and frequency bands to reduce interference and detect wireless issues so that they can be automatically resolved while providing operators with advanced insights about the end-user’s Wi-Fi environment. Additionally, we are about to add artificial intelligence to the game very soon,” explains Saigal.
“Technicolor also conducts dedicated customer product testing and benchmarking for the Wi-Fi XL solution in our Wi-Fi test houses which allows for real-life and on-demand simulations and measures to optimize product design, costs and performance directly associated with Wi-Fi antenna design and placement,” says Saigal.
Technicolor’s Wi-Fi XL solution also includes:
● Multi-gigabit speed home gateways that support Fiber and DOCSIS 3.1 access technologies that can be deployed with Wi-Fi extenders offered by Technicolor. The gateways and extenders which are pre-integrated with the latest Wi-Fi 6 and EasyMeshTM technologies create a distributed architecture which makes it possible to manage dense multi-user environments and facilitate roaming solutions throughout the home.
● A tri-band extender that provides dedicated 5Ghz backhaul connectivity to the gateway, while keeping separate 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz radios designed to connect with client devices in the home. In addition, Technicolor has a dual band extender option.
● The ability to prioritize data traffic across the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands to meet the performance requirements of devices and applications that are highly sensitive to latency, bandwidth and usage.