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Huawei Powers 10gbps 802.11ax Wi-Fi Network

September 22, 2017
By Paula Bernier
Executive Editor, TMC

Wi-Fi is an incredibly effective way of providing broadband connectivity, and with 802.11ax it’s getting even better. In fact, some, like industry analyst Zeus Kerravala (News - Alert), are calling it a game changer.

“I say that because this next generation of Wi-Fi was engineered for the world we live in where everything is connected. And there’s an assumption that upload and download traffic will be equivalent,” Kerravala said. He wrote that in an Aug. 14 column for Network World. “Previous generations of Wi-Fi assumed … there would be far more downloading of information than uploading.”

While 802.11ac Wi-Fi made things somewhat faster too, he said, it did so using “old-school assumptions.” Notably, he added, 802.11ax addresses more than just bandwidth. It also has mechanisms to address Wi-Fi congestion when lots of people are on the network.

802.11ax is special because it supports 8x8 (News - Alert) Multi User-MIMO. That makes it possible for the router to serve lots of devices all at the same time, explained a February Qualcomm blog. It also folds in technologies like Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access for traffic and spectrum optimization, the wireless technology giant added.

Speaking of technology giants, Huawei (News - Alert) recently revealed that it has implemented what it’s calling first campus deployment of a 10 gigabit per second Wi-Fi network at a university in Thailand. The Huawei 802.11ax solution supporting this deployment includes an access point called the AP7060DN, which in addition to supporting Wi-Fi via its Qualcomm (News - Alert) Technologies Inc. 802.11ax chip also supports Bluetooth, RFID, and ZigBee. The Huawei Wi-Fi solution also includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet switch called the S6720-SI. This solution can support 400 simultaneous users.

Wi-Fi networks based on the new 802.11ax standard can deliver speeds approaching 10gbps. That’s 10 times faster than 802.11ac. And that’s possible due to the use of multiradio technology.

“Existing Wi-Fi standards will not meet the forthcoming access requirements for large-scale IoT deployment scenarios,” said Nolan Greene, IDC (News - Alert) Senior Research Analyst. “With the expected increase in the number of concurrent users and things on the Wi-Fi network, legacy AP performance may become insufficient and often subject to signal interference. The new-generation Wi-Fi standard promises to better meet future IoT network requirements, given its expected ability to accommodate significantly more devices per AP, as well as improve per-device access performance.”

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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