BARCELONA -- MWC 2018 -- Nokia used Mobile World Congress 2018 as the backdrop for the introduction of a WiFi solution designed to help service providers deliver a seamless home network to residential subscribers.
Under Nokia's design, WiFi beacons form a mesh network and gain access to the fiber network. The technology, called Nokia Wi-Fi, has a home portal so providers can see subscribers' in-home networks and all connected devices. In addition to showing heat maps, spectrum analysis and historical data concerning interface and broadband quality, it also brings insight that creates upsell opportunities, according to the vendor. Nokia Wi-Fi will be available in June 2018, the vendor said.
New Unium software strengthens intelligent mesh WiFi capabilities such as self-healing, self-learning and self-care functions, Stefaan Vanhastel, who heads the global marketing for Nokia Fixed Networks, told Broadband World News. (Nokia recently acquired Unium, a US-based software company that specializes in solving complex wireless networking problems in whole-home WiFi solutions.)
These capabilities empower service providers and users to identify and solve WiFi network issues via a mobile application and complementary web interface. Customers also can manage devices, their network, guest access and security from there, added Mike Chen, who leads Nokia's digital home business unit, in an interview.
Pulling the Connected Home Together
Like many vendors in the access space, Nokia sees whole-home WiFi as the backbone of smart home success. (Source: Nokia)
The growing number of connected device and signal interference from microwaves, smart light bulbs and other home appliances create increasingly strained WiFi networks. As a result, more than 30% of customers call service providers due to poor in-home connectivity, said Vanhastel, hinting the real number actually could be a lot higher.
These smart-home WiFi issues impact service providers' relationships, revenue and profit, cautioned Federico Guillén, president of Nokia's Fixed Networks business group, in a statement.
"For many users, the concept of Wi-Fi and broadband access are synonymous, putting many service providers on the front line of customer complaints if Wi-Fi performance is impacted," he said.
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