In today’s world, the vast majority of broadband subscribers experience the internet primarily through Wi-Fi. However, in conventional broadband systems, the access network from the service provider to the home and the Wi-Fi within the home are typically managed independently. This disjointed approach presents a significant challenge in maintaining a consistent quality of service throughout the entire network. This challenge is exacerbated by the ever-evolving landscape of devices, applications, connectivity technologies, and the constant changes across all these components.
Enter Qualcomm’s Service Defined Wi-Fi technology, a game-changing solution addressing the complexity of managing home network connectivity. This technology introduces a unified data flow management architecture, seamlessly connecting the cloud to every device in the home. It delivers a suite of functionalities, including orchestration, classification, scheduling, and deep insights, ensuring that subscribers’ performance expectations for 10G Fiber are not only met but exceeded. It adapts in real time to user activities, whether it’s gaming, streaming, video conferencing, or content sharing.
Rahul Patel, senior vice president and general manager of connectivity, broadband, and networking at Qualcomm Technologies, expresses the significance of these innovations, stating, “Qualcomm Technologies has positioned itself to lead a revolution in connectivity. By adding 10G Fiber to our technology portfolio, along with 5G and Wi-Fi 7, we now offer a compelling mix of solutions to help service providers drive revenue growth, and service innovations, and deliver more immersive and engaged subscriber experiences.”
The industry recognizes the transformative potential of Qualcomm’s latest advancements. Andrew Spivey, Senior Analyst at ABI Research, notes, “Qualcomm’s latest advancements in home gateways will help accelerate the ongoing transformation of home Wi-Fi networks. Given the rapid deployment of fibre-optic cable, alongside the concurrent decline of legacy cable and DSL technologies, the new platform is timely, and combined with Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi 7 technology will prove indispensable in delivering the advanced speeds modern homes require. We are also confident that Qualcomm’s Service-Defined Wi-Fi Technology will help underpin the home networking revolution through the enablement of guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS) for consumers.”
Let’s delve into the core of this technological marvel – the Qualcomm 10G Fiber Gateway Platform. This platform is meticulously designed to facilitate 10Gbps connectivity both to and within the home. Its software-defined architecture seamlessly integrates 10G Passive Optical Network (PON) technology with multi-gigabit Wi-Fi 7 connectivity. The result? High-speed, low-latency access can be effortlessly delivered throughout the home to an array of end devices, including smartphones, PCs, smart TVs, home cameras, and appliances.
What truly sets the 10G Fiber Gateway Platform apart is the incorporation of Qualcomm’s Service Defined Wi-Fi technology. This groundbreaking framework establishes a direct link between the cloud and the user’s device, revolutionizing the quality of service orchestration. It equips service providers with unprecedented insights and control, enhancing the overall quality of subscribers’ experiences.
One of the standout features of the Qualcomm Service Defined Wi-Fi technology is its application-type orchestration, empowering service providers to offer tailored user experiences based on reliable, lightning-fast end-to-end connectivity. Whether it’s optimizing the network for gaming, and streaming, or ensuring an employer-supported work-from-home environment, this technology opens up a world of possibilities.
Excitingly, the Qualcomm 10G Fiber Gateway Platform and Qualcomm Service Defined Wi-Fi technology are expected to be commercially available by the summer of 2024. This timeline aligns perfectly with the rapid deployment of fibre-optic cable networks, promising a future where home connectivity is not just fast but also intelligently managed to meet the unique needs of each subscriber. Qualcomm Technologies is leading the charge in transforming how we experience the digital world in our homes, and the future of connectivity looks more promising than ever before.