ASSIA Newsletter — December 2019
A periodic update from the company that optimizes the QoE for over 125M home internet subscribers served by 38 service providers in 18 countries in 5 continents.
STANDARDS ADVANCING BOTH WI-FI HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE
by Ken Kerpez, ASSIA Director of Standards
Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is fast emerging to increase speeds and decrease delays, across both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. There is now high interest in Wi-Fi 6, and the number of Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ products is over a hundred and increasing. While Wi-Fi 6 improves the physical and MAC layers with silicon, other industry standards are working to improve Wi-Fi management and control layers with software. Wi-Fi software and management related efforts include:
- prpl Foundation prplMesh, joint with Broadband Forum Open Broadband Multi AP (OB-MAP) — providing an opensource implementation of WFA EasyMesh™ and bonus capabilities for whole-home Wi-Fi coverage.
- The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Wi-Fi project group — identifying and developing software and hardware solutions to improve Wi-Fi and lower total costs.
- Broadband Forum User Services Platform (USP) — the improved protocol for managing CPE and home networks including Wi-Fi.
- WFA Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Data Elements™ — providing a standard data model for Wi-Fi diagnostics. WFA Data Elements is now in Broadband Forum data models and can be used with TR-69 and USP.
THE FUTURE OF THE WI-FI CONNECTED HOME PANEL – WIFI NOW
At the recent Wi-Fi Now World Congress International in London, Tuncay Cil, ASSIA’s Chief Strategy Officer, participated in a panel discussion on “The Future of the Wi-Fi Connected Home.” He shared the stage with Thomas Drijfhout, Senior Commercial Product Manager at KPN, a Dutch telecommunications company, and Alex Qi, co-founder of Mercku, a Canadian-based developer of mesh Wi-Fi devices. For those of you who were not able to attend, we wrote a blog that details the key takeaways from the discussion including:
- Major Challenges with Home Wi-Fi
- The Need for Properly Managed Wi-Fi in the Home
- Supporting High-speed Wi-Fi in MDUs
ASSIA is working with several customers who are seeing great results with FWA. Operations teams are using the ASSIA CloudCheck platform to monitor their internet quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE). With ASSIA CloudCheck they are:
- Measuring the broadband speed to end devices in real time
- Leveraging the 3.7 GHz band offered by 5G
We announced the Commande initiative in early October and are seeing an enthusiastic response from our customers. Commande is a cloud-based initiative that provides end-to-end visibility into the QoE you are delivering to your internet and home Wi-fi subscribers. Commande oversees, unifies, and brings together all of the systems, devices, and links that deliver home internet and Wi-Fi service to be monitored, diagnosed, and optimized from the cloud holistically. These include middleware software virtualization systems, customer-premises gateways, application devices, and network terminals—regardless of vendor.
YEAR IN REVIEW
Customer Quality of Experience proactivey supervised through a combination of Salt Fiber’s advanced Wi-Fi Gateway and ASSIA’s contextual analytics and machine learning
ASSIA CloudCheck Recognized for its QoE Optimization Results Delivering Broadband to the Device for TalkTalk Hi-Fi Hub Subscribers