A new WiFi mesh system running on Ubee Interactive's DOCSIS 3.1 cable modems will deliver carrier-grade D3.1 whole-home WiFi when it debuts to operators worldwide in 2018, according to its vendor. That should benefit service providers offering smart-home solutions.
Taiwanese cross-chipset platform WiFi mesh solution provider New Garden designed the so-called WiFigarden SDK (software development kit) and plans to collaborate on Ubee Interactive customer premises (CPE) products such as solutions across WiFi access point, DOCSIS 3.0/3.1 cable gateways, DSL gateways and WiFi repeaters. Its target market is service providers.
Because it's a mesh solution with multiple WiFi nodes rather than traditional home WiFi with one access point, WiFigarden-equipped home networks will have expanded coverage and optimized performance with few, if any, dead zones, according to New Garden.
Smart homes -- which can include hundreds of Internet of Things sensors -- tap into the wireless capabilities of a residential fixed network. Despite operators' investments in fiber, VDSL, Gfast and other next-generation access technologies, some home users complain about sluggish network performance as the number of wirelessly connected drives grows, a sticking point in the $70.2 billion smart home market.
Under the White House plan, President Trump will dole out 80% of the allotted $50 billion for rural infrastructure – or $40 billion – directly to state leaders, letting governors pick from areas such as broadband, power generation, water facilities or transportation.
It will cost less than $20 billion to connect unserved US anchor institutions with fiber, a step that will deliver fiber-based broadband to 95% of the population, a cost analysis conducted for the SHLB Coalition said.
In a February 21 radio show, Jeremy Harris, director of subscriber solutions and experience at ADTRAN, will discuss how service providers can use SD-Access, virtualization, automation and other technologies to improve customer experience – thereby decreasing churn and boosting sales.