Wi-Fi to the window

Written by on November 12, 2014 in News with 0 Comments

Two news stories overnight provide more strong evidence if more strong evidence is needed that WiFi will be a major, if not the major, access technology in coming years. Mimosa networks has announced the first ‘hotspot to the home’ solution to relay public WiFi to the home.

According to the release, ‘Multi-User MIMO radio leverages ‘beamforming’ technology for automatic antenna aiming, making it completely self-installable and doing away with the dreaded service provider truck roll – saving both operators and subscribers time and money.’ The only downside is that it is not available until Spring next year, but they are taking orders for this $119 piece of equipment. The device will be capable of delivering 500 MPS and will, according to Mimosa CEO Brian Hinman simulate the wireless industry in this area.

Whether the wireless industry needs stimulating in this area is another question.

WiFi is already carrying 80 percent of smartphone traffic in many Western countries and is set to cause disruption to many preconceived ideas about access. Indeed, “Wi-Fi is a hotbed of tech innovation and new business models. It is both a threat and a new opportunity for the telecoms industry. That’s what we will be focusing on at the Summit,” says Claus Hetting, Chairman and Organizer of the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit.

As usual in our industry (or set of arenas) we are still figuring out the business model for WiFi, but the Summit taking place in Copenhagen in December might make some headway. Far from boasting a series of unknown start-ups as speakers, the event features keynotes from Everything Everywhere (UK), BT (UK), KPN (Netherlands), TeliaSonera (Denmark) and Orange (France). Other speakers included Smart City Barcelona (Spain), Deutsche Telecom (UK), and four of the world’s leading telecom analysts.

Will Wi-Fi solve the access problem? We will wait and see.


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