WiFi receives a security boost as WPA3 certification begins

WiFi devices have used the WPA2 protocol for over a decade, but that will start to change as the WiFi Alliance begins WPA3 certification.

WPA2 was launched in 2004 so, 14 years later, it’s ripe for replacement.

The latest protocol adds several new protections. One of the major improvements aims to prevent hackers cracking the password by repetitively making guesses.

So-called ‘dictionary attacks’ using infamous cracking apps such as Cain and Abel,

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, IoT, Security, Standards, WiFi, Wireless.

Qualcomm and Facebook seek to deliver gigabit WiFi

Facebook has been talking about its gigabit WiFi project Terragraph since 2016, but we now have a partner and a date for trials.

Terragraph aims to be an alternative to fibre broadband using 60GHz millimetre-wave wireless. It will use 802.11ay technology, designed to be the successor to 802.11ad wireless.

Yael Maguire, VP of Connectivity at Facebook, says:

“We’re excited to work with Qualcomm Technologies to advance the adoption of pre-802.11ay and 802.11ad 60GHz technologies...

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, WiFi, Wireless.

Futurist predicts WiFi will kill mobile networks by 2025

A futurist has gone on record alongside the CEO of Purple to make the bold prediction that WiFi will kill mobile networks by 2025.

Digital Futurist Mike Ryan and Purple CEO Gavin Wheeldon believe that mobile networks will fail to hold up under increasing data consumption driven by 5G and unlimited plans.

"Mobile networks rely on being able to offload data onto WiFi," says Wheeldon,...

By Ryan Daws, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, WiFi, Wireless.

AT&T announces “5G” Evolution mobile hotspot router

AT&T is hoping the hype for 5G will drive consumers to buy its new mobile hotspot router, despite being nothing to do with 5G.

What the router will offer, however, is faster speeds and more reliability. In that respect it’s a stepping point towards what 5G should offer, but it’s more of a 4.75G (4.5G is reserved for LTE-Advanced) than anything to do with 5G.

"Only AT&T lets you get...

By Ryan Daws, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, N America, WiFi.

Nokia launches ‘carrier-grade’ WiFi system for the home

Nokia is using its experience as a telecoms vendor to help solve home WiFi problems with the announcement of a ‘carrier-grade’ system.

The system is available for carriers to provide to their customers and promises ‘unmatched gigabit coverage to every corner of the home, getting rid of dead zones and interference.’

Nokia plans on achieving this by implementing new ‘Air-IQ’ technology from Broadcom which can identify 17 unique interference...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Fiber Optic, Operators, WiFi, Wireless.

Heat, light, water, and Wi-Fi: The benefits and risks for commercial buildings

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Commercial venues have certain basics they must offer to their customers. Heat, light and water are absolute essentials, but Wi-Fi is fast becoming a must have.

It may seem glaringly obvious but offering your customers a slick, robust and free Wi-Fi experience is just as important as the environment, and the quality of service you provide.

Whether it’s a bar, restaurant, shopping...

By Patrick Clover, 12 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: WiFi, Wireless.

Wi-Fi Alliance launches certification program for smart home developments

Wi-Fi Alliance has launched a certification program, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Home Design, which sets the guidelines to enable home builders provide an industry-approved network-installation plan.

The enterprise design practices enlisted in this program enable homes to have a consistent Wi-Fi coverage throughout the entire home and outdoor spaces like garages and patios. It also provides seamless integration with many smart-home devices such as Wi-Fi voice-activated wireless speakers, security cameras, door locks,...

By Telecoms, 16 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, WiFi, Wireless.

Ericsson and Cisco extend partnership to include new Wi-Fi solutions

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Tech giants Ericsson and Cisco have extended their strategic partnership to include a new Wi-Fi solution offering called Evolved Wi-Fi Networks (EWN), the two companies have announced.

The new Wi-Fi solution combines Cisco’s Wi-Fi portfolio with Ericsson's 3GPP access to provide reliable Wi-Fi connection with high performance to Ericsson's mobile, cable and other industries customers.

The Wi-Fi solution will offer a range of...

By Telecoms, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Operators, WiFi, Wireless.

Opinion: Pros and cons of VoWiFi

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VoWiFi has captured a lot of attention lately. A&T recently announced that it’s handling four million VoWiFi calls a day, upon which T-Mobile countered that it boasts some 22 million calls per day using the technology. Now, many enterprises and mobile operators consider VoWiFi an easy and cost-effective way to provide indoor mobile coverage...

By David Del Fava, 16 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, WiFi.

The essential components for Wi-Fi calling

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As technology advances, the demand for an ‘always-on’ society is becoming more prevalent. Smartphones have become the hub of our daily lives; two thirds (66%) of UK adults currently own one and, by 2017, more than a third of the world’s population is expected to own one. As the number of mobile devices continues to increase exponentially, added pressures on the network mean mobile network operators (MNO) need to do more to ensure customers are constantly receiving a...

By Massimo Mazzeo-Ocello, 14 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Connectivity, WiFi, Wireless.

Opinion: Is VoWiFi the next disruptive telecom technology?

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Twenty years ago, Clayton M. Christensen introduced the term disruptive technologies and now we’re seeing this disruption happening in almost every sphere of life. Uber, Airbnb, Purple, Tesla are disrupting the old traditional models of their respective industries. We’ve seen lot...

By Rajat Kochhar, 18 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, WiFi.

Three in four operators set to launch a converged service layer by 2018

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An OpenCloud survey has revealed that three-quarters of operators will deploy a converged service layer (CSL) by 2018.

A CSL is a service-layer architecture that can deliver real-time video and voice calling telecom services independent of the access network technology. Operators are moving to CSL after facing increasingly complex legacy service layers, the researchers argue, with a handful of CSLs have already been deployed.

The report revealed that the growth of the CSL will be...

By Telecoms, 15 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, NFV, WiFi.

Ruckus Wireless aims to address in-building cellular challenges with OpenG technology

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MWC Communications provider Ruckus Wireless has unveiled its vision for addressing the challenge of in-building cellular coverage and capacity through OpenG technology.

OpenG integrates coordinated shared spectrum, such as 3.5 GHz in the US, with neutral host-capable small cells to ensure cost-effective and pervasive in-building cellular coverage. The aim is to offer a substantially affordable mobile network-neutral alternative and the company argues that the solution is suited for fixed and...

By Telecoms, 26 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, WiFi, Wireless.

Interview: NETGEAR believes WiFi should dominate IoT standards

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During a NETGEAR-hosted event in London today, we caught-up with the networking giant’s VP of smart home products, Pat Collins, and discussed why the company is sticking to WiFi for its smart home products. 

There are many standards battling it out for the IoT such as; Zigbee, Weave, and Z-Wave. NETGEAR has its legacy in WiFi-based products, so we questioned if the company was...

By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Industry, IoT, WiFi, Wireless.

Chiltern Railways and EE partner to improve WiFi experience

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We've all used our smartphones on the train, anxiously preparing to get disconnected soon as we hit a tunnel or get too far out from a major city. Whether for business or leisure, we've become increasingly reliant on a constant internet connection. Even a lot of popular games we use to help pass the time (or just avoid eye contact!) require an internet connection. 

Chiltern...

By Ryan Daws, 08 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Infrastructure, Operators, WiFi.

LiFi delivers speeds 100x faster than WiFi – using light bulbs

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A super-fast alternative to WiFi known as 'LiFi' has moved beyond the research lab and into a real-world test after Estonian startup Velmenni has begun to offer the technology in a commercial setting. 

Velmenni was a recent finalist in the Slush 100 startup competition in Helsinki. The company is using LiFi to send data at up to 1Gbps – more than 100x...

By Ryan Daws, 23 November 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Innovation, IoT, WiFi, Wireless.