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ZTE Announces New 802.11ac Dual-Band Concurrent Wi-Fi VDSL VoIP Gateway

October 24, 2013
By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor

It can be extremely frustrating when wireless home networks do not provide the desired bandwidth and speed, especially when the subscriber has subscribed for a higher speed plan. This hinders streaming of high definition (HD) multi-media, which almost every consumer yearns for.

In an effort to address this issue, ZTE (News - Alert) Corporation, a provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, has announced a new 802.11ac dual-band concurrent Wi-Fi voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) gateway, the ZXHN H368A, which can empower wireless home networks to deliver bandwidth-hungry HD video services at Gbps (gigabits per second) speeds.

The new ZXHN H368A is a VDSL (very-high-bit-rate digital subscriber line) VoIP gateway that supports the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard while supporting the 2.4GHz (gigahertz) and 5GHz Wi-Fi band.

In general, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi is restricted by limited spectrum resources and interference signals. Consequently, this band is not suitable for carrying HD video services that require high bandwidth.

On the other hand, the 5GHz band has nearly seven times the spectrum resources of the 2.4GHz frequency. This results in increased bandwidth and reduced interference.

The current demand for higher bandwidth for in-home wireless networks was not being met with devices utilizing 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi bands. Accordingly, IEEE (News - Alert) (the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) released the 802.11ac standard for 5Ghz Wi-Fi, which allows for the transmission of multiple video channels.

So, ZTE has chosen to utilize the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard for 5Ghz in its latest ZXHN H368A VDSL VoIP gateway. With the capability to operate in dual-band concurrent Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz), the new ZXHN H368A gateway can provide up to speeds of 1.6Gbps at the physical layer.

The ZXHN H368A also features VDSL2/GE dual-uplink technology. This feature enables users to deploy the device in VDSL and FTTx scenarios, while providing higher access speeds with VDSL2.

Edited by Blaise McNamee
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