Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) have joined forces to introduce an exciting collaboration that will usher in the next generation of Advanced Wi-Fi routers. This innovative endeavour is set to bring forth Wi-Fi 7 technology, along with the remarkable capability of delivering 10 Gbps Wi-Fi speeds to Spectrum Internet users. This partnership aims to enhance and bolster the connectivity experience for both residential and small to medium-sized business customers. Anticipate the arrival of these cutting-edge Advanced Wi-Fi routers equipped with Wi-Fi 7 in 2024, promising a transformative leap in wireless connectivity for Spectrum subscribers.
Dave Rodrian, Charter’s Group Vice President of Wi-Fi Products, expressed enthusiasm for the project, stating, “The leading Wi-Fi 7 innovations from Qualcomm Technologies will enable our Advanced Wi-Fi service to continue delivering robust and responsive internet connectivity and ultra-fast Wi-Fi speeds to our customers. This next generation of Wi-Fi will support the delivery of new experiences, such as fully immersive, ultra-low latency VR, and aligns seamlessly with our network evolution plan to enable multi-gig wireless connectivity across our entire service area.”
In a world where internet usage and the proliferation of Wi-Fi-connected devices continue to surge, the demand for wireless connectivity has reached unprecedented heights. Wi-Fi 7 is set to revolutionize the delivery of wireless connectivity by harnessing all three Wi-Fi bands – 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz. This breakthrough technology paves the way for higher throughput and lower latency through the incorporation of innovative features, including:
- The introduction of increased channel sizes, with peaks of up to 320 MHz, promising substantial throughput enhancements from the 6 GHz spectrum.
- Multi-Link Operation (MLO), facilitating the use of multiple radios on a single router to boost throughput and reduce latency.
- Implementation of 4K modulation, elevating peak rates to augment throughput and capacity.
- The introduction of flexible channel utilization is a groundbreaking advancement based on preamble puncturing to avoid channels prone to interference.
Ganesh Swaminathan, Vice President and General Manager of Wireless Infrastructure and Networking at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., emphasized their unwavering commitment to technology development that enhances user experiences. Swaminathan stated, “Qualcomm Technologies’ obsessive focus on technology development for advanced user experiences, along with our years-long collaboration with Charter, is on full display with the development of the Spectrum Advanced Wi-Fi router featuring Wi-Fi 7. As broadband subscribers’ demand for high-performance connectivity continues to accelerate, we’re proud to deliver service-focused platforms to help customers meet those needs.”
Beyond merely supporting the latest Wi-Fi technology, Spectrum’s Advanced Wi-Fi product empowers customers with network control through the My Spectrum App and includes a Security Shield to safeguard their devices against online threats. Additionally, it powers exclusive Spectrum Mobile features like Speed Boost and the Spectrum Mobile SSID, taking the concept of converged connectivity to new heights. This collaboration between Charter Communications and Qualcomm Technologies promises to redefine the way we experience wireless connectivity and the internet.