Qualcomm, KDDI and NEC deliver 802.11ax carrier gateway

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Qualcomm, KDDI and NEC Platforms have announced shipment of what they’re billing as the world’s first commercially available draft 802.11ax carrier gateway.

The BL1000HW – scheduled for delivery to KDDI home subscribers in Japan this month – is based on Qualcomm Technologies’ IPQ807x family of 802.11ax chipsets, and is designed by NEC Platforms.

As consumers’ demand for connected devices and bandwidth hungry applications like video streaming services, and 4K/8K video and VR continues to grow, home Wi-Fi networks have become strained.

The BL1000HW platform delivers up to 4x higher wireless networking throughput versus previously deployed carrier gateway solutions and delivers better performance for bandwidth-intensive applications and environments.

Qualcomm’s 14 nanometer Wi-Fi system-on-chip supports up to 10-Gbps wide-area networks and up to 6.5 Gbps peak physical (PHY) layer rates on Wi-Fi. It also supports MU-MIMO that allows multiple users to be simultaneously connected to an access point.

Qualcomm says the carrier gateway platform demonstrates the benefit of broadband updates to 10G-EPON by matching multi-Giga WAN with multi-Giga Wi-Fi capacities. Although the benefits will be greatest for 802.11ax-based devices, the carrier gateway platform will also improve the performance of legacy devices utilizing the previous 802.11ac technologies.

“We are excited about the potential positive impact 802.11ax will have on the growing number of connected devices that are currently crowding networks and burdening Wi-Fi infrastructures,” said Mamoru Nagatani, senior vice president of NEC Platforms.

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