Thai fixed broadband operator AIS Fibre is teaming up with Nokia to provide residential customers with a meshed Wi-Fi network that delivers Wi-Fi coverage to every corner of the home.
AIS is the first service provider globally to commercially launch Nokia’s Wi-Fi solution for home Wi-Fi networks that can detect and resolve interference issues in real time
Many homes suffer from poor Wi-Fi performance. Speeds and reliability can be impacted by the number of connected devices and by interference from appliances like microwave ovens or Wi-Fi networks from neighbors. In addition, coverage is often inadequate due to dead zones from indoor walls. Solving these issues can be difficult, often requiring several access points to be installed.
The Nokia Wi-Fi Beacon 3 automatically connects devices to the strongest channel, while embedded software and analytic functions in the beacons automatically self-heal and optimize the Wi-Fi experience, eliminating the need for customers to manually manage the network to achieve optimal performance.
Once the network is up, customers can use a mobile app to see a visual representation including a heat map to easily locate and manage dead zones and identify the right place to add new access points to fill coverage gaps. Customers can also access device lists and management capabilities to create guest networks and specific security settings.
“In speaking with service providers from all over the world it’s clear that Wi-Fi is a major challenge because most don’t provide or manage the Wi-Fi network in the home that customers rely on for broadband access,” said Benoit Felten, chief research officer at Diffraction Analysis. “To deliver a great end-to-end service, operators need to ensure a consistent broadband experience can be achieved in the home and Nokia is helping make that happen.”