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ThinkWiFi and Mawingu Partner to Provide Disaggregated, Open-Source Wi-Fi Network Funded Through A Digital Advertising Monetization Model

Kenya, May 11, 2022—ThinkWiFi, an Africa-based ad-tech free WiFi internet service provider, and Mawingu, an internet service provider backed by Microsoft, today announced it launched the first outdoor Telecom Infra Project (TIP) OpenWiFi network in Kenya. This collaboration is funded using an advertising-based model, the first time a TIP OpenWiFi network has been built and commercialized using a sponsorship platform.

“ThinkWiFi’s mission is to empower people by giving them access to the internet. We are a purpose-based business working to close the digital divide,” said Janine Rebelo, Founder and CEO of ThinkWiFi. “Working with Mawingu and TIP OpenWiFi provides social upliftment where everyone can get connected to enterprise-grade Wi-Fi through an easy-to-use advertising platform. It’s a win-win-win where brands win by gaining access to high growth consumer segments, consumers win with free, uncapped, high speed connectivity, and the community wins by getting unfettered access to the digital economy through free Wi-Fi networks   powered by advertising revenue.”

Managed from ThinkWiFi’s headquarters in South Africa, the Wi-Fi network uses TIP OpenWiFi certified hardware and software including access points (APs) from Edgecore and CIGWavespot provides the cloud controller which also implements the backend analytics and location-based services through its AICloud allowing ThinkWiFi to gain valuable customer experience insights. The Wi-Fi  network is built on top of Mawingu’s network infrastructure.

“This network clearly demonstrates why TIP OpenWiFi is the most innovative connectivity solution on the market today–it’s open, with multiple vendors supplying hardware, so it can be scaled to provide superb speeds without vendor lock-in. Plus, funding the network through advertising makes community connectivity widely available, and as OpenWiFi already offers a much lower TCO, it’s a very effective way to build affordable Wi-Fi networks in city centers,” said Jack Raynor, TIP OpenWiFi Program Group Co-chair. “Simply put, OpenWiFi is beneficial to the communities that we serve and that’s why we’ve seen it scale so rapidly around the world.”

“Mawingu’s aim is to help our customers access new opportunities for work, education, entertainment, and social connections, through the power of the Internet. Our company’s mission is driven by this very purpose: Open Opportunities”, says Farouk Ramji, Mawingu CEO. “Through our collaboration with ThinkWiFiand OpenWiFi, we can provide free internet to bring us closer to bridging the digital divide in Kenya.”

The ThinkWiFi OpenWiFi network is the first part of a larger rollout that will include additional city centers, transit and tourist hubs and retail malls in Kenya and South Africa  with future plans to expand into other African countries and southern European regions. The ThinkWiFi OpenWiFi network deployments are expected to cover a number of public service and healthcare facilities through collaboration and partnership with public organizations.

TIP OpenWiFi is an open source-based Wi-Fi architecture that enables multi-vendor, interoperable Wi-Fi networks. OpenWiFi-based solutions allow ThinkWiFi to seamlessly mix and match access points and controllers from any TIP OpenWiFi compliant manufacturer and developers to quickly create new applications given it is open source.

There are more than 300 companies involved with the TIP OpenWiFi initiative from OEMs, ODMs and silicon providers to managed service providers and app developers. Launched in 2021, TIP OpenWiFi has announced commercial deployments in the United States with Boingo Wireless, in India with Spectra, in Pakistan with Multinet, and a trial with the City of Dublin and Virgin Media that complies with the European Commission’s WIFI4EU initiative, the benchmark for public Wi-fi deployments in Europe.

About ThinkWiFi:
ThinkWiFi’s mission is to reduce digital poverty and empower people whilst providing FMCG brands with access to high growth consumer markets. ThinkWiFi’s core ambition is Giving people access to free  uncapped internet, through an immersive, data enriched, brand safe AdTech platform, .. We’re passionate about closing the digital divide while laying the foundations for the 4th industrial revolution for all  under-served communities, by leveraging a powerful combination of Data analytics, Digital advertising and Open WiFi. Think WiFi’s AdTech platform  delivers over 14 million ad impressions each month for a growing number of major FMCG brands and financial institutions, and is proud to be a member of the IAB SA which represents the South African digital industry to all sectors, including the marketing community, the media, the South African government and the public. For out more

About Mauwingu:

Originally founded at the foothills of Mount Kenya, in Nanyuki. Today, Mawingu has expanded coverage to 22 counties, +9,000 active users, and +300,000 hotspot customers served. We can proudly say we are Kenya’s largest internet service provider (ISP) dedicated exclusively to the rural and peri urban markets in the country. The key to our success? Our versatility. We employ wireless, fiber, and smart green-energy technology, making it possible to adapt to the changing terrain demands and market conditions. Learn more at

About Wavespot:

Wavespot is a leading provider of wifi network infrastructure and location-based services for service providers, quick-service restaurants, retail, hospitality, and healthcare. With its multi-vendor cloud controller and AI-powered analytics, Wavespot helps businesses improve their operations and customer experience through insights and automation. Learn more about Wavespot at

About Telecom Infra Project OpenWiFi

Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is a global community of companies and organizations that are driving open and disaggregated infrastructure solutions to advance global connectivity including TIP OpenWiFi. TIP OpenWiFi is an open sourced, community-developed, disaggregated Wi-Fi hardware and software system. The system includes a cloud controller SDK and an enterprise-grade access point (AP) firmware, designed and validated to work seamlessly together. OpenWiFi is managed within TIP’s Open Converged Wireless (OCW) project group, which enables industry collaboration to build, test and validate products that deliver the requirements of valuable service providers’ use cases. The OpenWiFi community currently includes more than 300 participants, including services providers, OEM’s, ODM’s, Software ISV’s, system integrators, silicon vendors & Industry organizations. Learn more about TIP OpenWiFi here.

With technology constantly evolving there are many upgrades that can be added to your property to improve the resident experience. Here are the top 10 technologies to upgrade your MDU.


Smart Home Technology/Mobile Apps 

Smart home technology is expected to become more common in multifamily buildings as residents feel convenience is key. It allows residents to control lighting, temperature, security, and even appliances all from their smartphones or voice-activated devices. Smart home technology has revolutionized the way residents interact with their living spaces. This level of automation enhances the resident’s experience, providing a seamless and connected living environment. For property owners, smart home technology also offers significant benefits. By automating appliances like energy management, property owners can reduce operational costs and increase energy efficiency. Additionally, smart home technology is a major selling point for potential tenants, as it promotes modern and sustainable living options.

Internet of Things (IoT) 

IoT refers to the interconnection of devices through the internet, allowing them to communicate and share data. IoT will continue to drive innovation in the multifamily industry. It can be used to create a network of interconnected devices, such as thermostats, security systems, lighting, and appliances, which can be controlled and monitored remotely. This type of connectivity enables property managers to optimize resource usage, monitor equipment performance, and automate maintenance tasks. For instance, IoT sensors can detect equipment failures anywhere on the property and send real-time alerts to management to take action. This proactive approach to maintenance not only reduces downtime and repair costs but also enhances tenant satisfaction by minimizing disruptions.

Predictive Maintenance 

Predictive maintenance expands on what IoT can do for property owners. By using data analytics and machine learning algorithms to predict when maintenance issues are likely to occur, allowing for proactive repairs and replacements. This will become more common in multifamily properties, so it is essential to invest now. Predictive maintenance analyzes data from various sources, such as equipment sensors, maintenance logs, and weather patterns. It identifies patterns and anomalies that indicate potential failures. This enables property owners and managers to schedule maintenance activities based on actual need rather than relying on fixed schedules, reducing costs and maximizing equipment lifespan. Additionally, predictive maintenance can also help prevent emergency breakdowns, which can be disruptive and costly for both property owners and tenants.

Virtual Tours and 3D Modeling  

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of virtual tours and 3D modeling in the real estate industry. These technological upgrades allow property owners to showcase their properties to potential tenants remotely. This eliminates the need for physical visits and increasing convenience. Virtual tours and 3D modeling create immersive and interactive experiences, allowing potential tenants to virtually walk through units, view floor plans, and visualize living spaces as if they were physically present. This not only saves time and effort but also expands the reach of property marketing efforts. This benefits potential tenants who can explore properties from anywhere, at any time. Additionally, virtual tours and 3D modeling can be easily updated and customized, making them a cost-effective and flexible marketing tool for property owners.

Digital Signage 

Digital signage allows property owners to display informative and interactive content on screens throughout their properties. It can be used to enhance the residents’ experience in a number of ways, such as building directories, displaying local events and announcements, and showcasing property amenities. By strategically placing screens in common areas, such as lobbies, elevators, and fitness centers, property owners can improve communication and engagement with tenants, creating a more connected and informed community. Digital signage is a way for properties to differentiate themselves from competitors.

In Conclusion

As the demand for modern and connected living environments continues to grow, it is becoming increasingly important for MDU’s to keep up. Find a trusted technology partner to grow your property. World Cinema can provide all the essential technology property owners need. This includes digital signage, surveillance equipment, cell-boosting capabilities and so much more.

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Charlotte, N.C., April 26, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Akoustis Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKTS) (“Akoustis” or the “Company”), an integrated device manufacturer (IDM) of patented bulk acoustic wave (BAW) high-band RF filters for mobile and other wireless applications, announced today that it has received its first volume Wi-Fi 6E filter purchase order for a new, advanced, high-speed line of Wi-Fi 6E fixed infrastructure products, which will be sold through a leading US-based service provider. The customer will use multiple Akoustis XBAW® filters in Wi-Fi 6E Access Point products and is currently ramping production of these next generation multi-user, multiple-in-multiple-out (MU-MIMO) devices.

The Akoustis XBAW® filter solutions will be used initially for cable gateway products. The gateways will operate in MU-MIMO architectures, in 4 x 4 configuration, with twelve active radios. The two XBAW®filter solutions utilized for the new gateways operate with center frequencies of 5.6 GHz and 6.6 GHz, respectively.

The 5.6 GHz filter module covers the entire UNII 1-3 spectrum and enables an additional 80 MHz and 160 MHz channel in UNII-4, while the 6.6 GHz filter module covers a majority of the UNII 5-8 spectrum. Current Wi-Fi 6E configurations allow for the use of six 80 MHz and two 160 MHz channels in the UNII 1-3 spectrum, and fourteen 80 MHz and seven 160 MHz channels in the UNII 5-8 spectrum. The new XBAW® 5.6/6.6 GHz coexistence filter modules allow for the use of seven 80 MHz and three 160 MHz channels in the UNII 1-4 spectrum, and twelve 80 MHz and six 160 MHz channels in the UNII 5-8 spectrum.

Akoustis began shipping initial pre-production BAW filters against purchase orders for development, sampling, and qualification during the quarter ending December 31, 2022. The customer is now entering production with its new line of gateway routers powered by Akoustis’ filters.

Jeff Shealy, founder and CEO of Akoustis, stated, “We are excited to begin a relationship with this tier-1 US-based service provider, a significant new partner in advanced, high-speed Wi-Fi technology. This customer is pushing forward with cutting-edge Wi-Fi 6E gateway routers that will deliver leading data throughput speed and video streaming to its customers, enabled by our proprietary filtering technology.” Mr. Shealy continued, “Working with top-tier, leading companies is the goal of any technology supplier, and we are excited to help them provide the highest quality, highest speed Wi-Fi connectivity moving forward.”

Akoustis continues to experience strong demand and a growing sales funnel for its Wi-Fi, 5G mobile, and 5G infrastructure products, including CBRS XBAW® filters, as well as its new XBAW® and RFMi resonator and oscillator products. During the December quarter, the Company shipped multiple samples of its new 5G XBAW® wafers complete with its new, advanced wafer-level packaging (WLP) technology. Akoustis continues to add new Wi-Fi design wins, many of which are expected to ramp into production in calendar 2023.

Akoustis is actively delivering volume production of its Wi-Fi 6 and 6E tandem filter solutions, shipping multiple 5G small cell XBAW® filter solutions, and delivering initial designs of its new 5G mobile filter solutions to multiple customers, and has entered the market with its new Wi-Fi 7 coexistence XBAW® filter solutions. To date, Akoustis has received more than 20 customer design wins for its patented XBAW® filter solutions.

Given the rapidly growing sales funnel activity, as well as ongoing interaction with customers regarding expected ramps in 5G mobile, Wi-Fi 6, and Wi-Fi 6E in calendar 2023, the Company is completing the annual production capacity increase at its New York fab to approximately 0.5 billion filters per year.

About Akoustis Technologies, Inc.

Akoustis® ( is a high-tech BAW RF filter solutions company that is pioneering next-generation materials science and MEMS wafer manufacturing to address the market requirements for improved RF filters – targeting higher bandwidth, higher operating frequencies and higher output power compared to legacy polycrystalline BAW technology. The Company utilizes its proprietary and patented XBAW® manufacturing process to produce bulk acoustic wave RF filters for mobile and other wireless markets, which facilitate signal acquisition and accelerate band performance between the antenna and digital back end. Superior performance is driven by the significant advances of poly-crystal, single-crystal and other high purity piezoelectric materials and the resonator-filter process technology which enables optimal trade-offs between critical power, frequency and bandwidth performance specifications.

Akoustis plans to service the fast growing, multi-billion-dollar RF filter market, using its integrated device manufacturer (IDM) business model. The Company owns and operates a 120,000 sq. ft. ISO-9001:2015 registered commercial wafer-manufacturing facility located in Canandaigua, NY, which includes a class 100 / class 1000 cleanroom facility – tooled for 150-mm diameter wafers – for the design, development, fabrication and packaging of RF filters, MEMS and other semiconductor devices. Akoustis Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in the Piedmont technology corridor near Charlotte, North Carolina.

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7SIGNAL now optimizes Wi-Fi in consumer environments including homes, hotel rooms and other locations where cable, satellite and over-the-air television systems are used. Available in the Google Play store, the SaaS agent can eliminate the need to roll trucks, shorten helpdesk calls, and reduce mean time to resolution (MTTR) by 59% or more.

Cleveland, OH – 7SIGNAL®, the leader in enterprise Wi-Fi optimization, today announced the release of its Android TV set top box (STB) agent. The agent, which is available in the Google Play store, is designed to optimize consumer Wi-Fi for ISPs, IAPs and other professionally managed and supported environments including home and hospitality.

The Agent is developed for enterprise level control, governance, and deployment from Mobile Device Management (MDM) or Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platforms, in the future, the platform will provide direct consumer messaging for faster remediation, in support of company’s vision which is to reduce the human interaction required to solve Wi-Fi problems. A free enterprise trial is available, here.

This innovative software agent (known as Mobile Eye) and the SaaS powered 7SIGNAL enterprise dashboard are designed to optimize Wi-Fi in consumer environments including homes, hotel rooms and other environments where cable, satellite and over-the-air television systems are used providing visibility into the consumer digital experience. Proven by IDC research to reduce network MTTR by over 59% in the enterprise, 7SIGNAL expands capabilities beyond enterprise endpoint use cases such as laptops, mobility, robotics and other IoT and into the consumer-based environments for the first time.

“The set top box (STB) market was valued at over $23.9 billion in 2022 and is expected to expand well into the future according to analysts like Grand View Research,” said Don Cook, Chief Marketing Officer at 7SIGNAL. “STBs are growing in popularity because as they offer features like personalized experiences, a large app ecosystem, and even video conferencing. Now that multiple connectivity options are available including Wi-Fi, 7SIGNAL can keep these devices streaming while monitoring consumer digital experiences.

For more information about the 7SIGNAL platform, click here.

About 7SIGNAL, Inc.

7SIGNAL is a leading provider of Wi-Fi optimization solutions, helping organizations improve network performance and deliver a seamless user experience. With a focus on innovation and customer satisfaction, 7SIGNAL is committed to delivering the latest technology and best-in-class support to its customers. Learn more at

Real-world Radio Requency (RF) environments produce results with wide variation. A new Wi-Fi test plan approach uses out-of-the-box testing to quantify a customer’s experience using statistics.

Wi-Fi conformance and performance testing for devices is critical whether it’s for Wi-Fi 6/6E or 7, which is on the horizon. As a result, there are new test plan approaches being developed for the new challenges that are being introduced as these technologies advance.

Wi-Fi Alliance members, including Spirent, have collaborated to produce a Wi-Fi performance test plan describing a relatively simple testbed that provides all the means necessary to perform a wide variety of Wi-Fi tests. The testbed provides a foundation to ensure repeatable and reproduceable RF testing and will likely be the cornerstone of further revisions, enhancements, and expansion of the test plan.

While small chamber over-the-air (OTA) testing is becoming the de facto method for testing, the Wi-Fi Device Metrics Test Plan introduces approaches that we believe are unique from other test plans in the industry.

The testing methodology limits the number of test parameters and avoids needless nested parameter loops by specifying fixed “external” parameters like topology, number of devices etc., and allows the tester to save time and money by focusing on “internal” parameters like security, NSS, and others, as appropriate for their organization. Since more and more consumer devices are pre-, or self-configuring, Wi-Fi Device Metrics encourages out-of-box testing to emulate a customer’s experience.

Real-world customer environments produce results with wide variation. Wi-Fi Device Metrics recognizes this and recommends presentation of results in a statistical manner, rather than just a single number. Each test produces a wealth of data and Wi-Fi Device Metrics details ways that this test data can be efficiently analyzed to provide statistical analysis that more accurately illustrates the customer’s experience.

In the beginning
In the early days of Wi-Fi, RF performance was characterized in the lab using RF cabled setups usually housed in shielded RF rooms. Testing tended to be very specifically PHY related, concentrating on TX power, RX sensitivity, spectral mask, EVM and so on. MAC/PHY testing was covered by Wi-Fi Alliance interoperability testing but testing of radio performance in the real world was limited.

OTA RF performance testing is complicated. Often, it was performed in shielded RF rooms, but generally the results were unreliable because standing waves and movement of people within the chamber caused signal variations as much as 70 dB. Open air testing was often performed in a dedicated test home, which gave some degree of real-world assessment, but again reflections and interference almost guaranteed Never The Same Result Twice (NTSRT).

Nearly all of these legacy test methodologies were aimed at point-to-point connections, which is in line with the goals of all Wi-Fi generations up to Wi-Fi 5.

Wi-Fi 6 was designed to give better user performance to a community of concurrent users in the presence of overlapping basic service set (OBSS) interference. This broke the legacy mold for testing.

State of the art testing today

The testbed
Now, a testbed needs to contain multiple devices, up to 37 in the case of OFDMA. The testbed must reproduce spatial diversity for MU-MIMO to be tested, there must be facility to generate OBSS traffic, and there is a need for multiple sniffer devices. Cabling such a setup is impractical and all the same NTSRT problems still remain in an OTA environment.

The Device Metrics testbed is built using relatively small anechoic chambers and uses directional antennas to “couple” RF energy into, and out of, the chamber. This approach limits the signal variability due to standing waves, avoids the need to disassemble the device to make a physical connection, and provides good spatial diversity to support MU-MIMO operation, as explained further in Small Anechoic Chamber Channels and Near Field MIMO Channel Modeling with applications to Small Anechoic Chambers. The chambers are interconnected with RF cables through variable attenuators to simulate distance.

This type of testbed is relatively new in the industry and has been shown to give results that are repeatable (on the same system), and reproduceable (on a remote system). It is rapidly becoming accepted as the de-facto way to test Wi-Fi as evidenced by other standards bodies such as Broadband Forum, ETSI, and others.

Along with the testbed, the test measurement methodology also needs to change. Methodologies like RFC 2544, which rely on the system to be in equilibrium for a measurement to be performed, are no longer useful because of the continuous variation of the measured parameters caused by all the other devices also contending for the channel.

Better performance indicators
Performance indicators of interest need to be more sophisticated. The traditional raw throughput with one device is less useful in the context of real-world testing where we need to assess the combined experience of a community of users. Instead, we see aggregated throughput, individual device latency, and roaming performance becoming more important.

Wi-Fi Device Metrics use modern traffic generation tools such as multiPerf that provide second-by-second key performance indicator data so that the variability of results can be captured and analyzed. MultiPerf also provides more sophisticated analysis capabilities, for example, measuring the packet-by-packet distribution of one-way delay (OWD).

MultiPerf also has more sophisticated traffic generation modes that help the tester more accurately mimic real-life applications. For example, multiPerf allows one to generate traffic with a specified data rate mean and variance to mimic a user. Indeed, it goes further to produce isochronous traffic at a specified frame rate to mimic voice or video.

Comprehensive presentation of results
As mentioned earlier, the presentation of the metrics needs to be revised. A single throughput number, or a single delay number is not that useful because, in practice there is always a distribution of results, and it is often the spread of those results that affect users more adversely.

Wi-Fi Device Metrics recognizes this fact and proposes a much more statistical analysis of the results, which are presented in various levels of detail.

The first level will typically be in tabular form presenting the mean, standard deviation, coefficient of variance, and performance at certain percentiles. This is useful for simple reports, perhaps for regression testing, where the numbers can be compared, or matched up with the testers’ own criteria for pass/fail.

The next level will be to generate Probability Distribution Functions (PDF) and Cumulative Distribution Functions (CDF) to visualize the spread of results so that anomalies can be illustrated. Depending upon the test case, other detailed analysis and visualization is performed, as appropriate.

An example of packet delay results
An example of this analysis is shown in the image below where the latency test produces a PDF of packet delays on a packet-by-packet basis. Here we mimic multimedia by generating isochronous, variable bit rate traffic.

Generally, real time video or voice is fairly tolerant to a reasonable mean delay, but the tails of the delay spread are the parts that irritate the customer.

Explicit examination of the spread is important to gauge customer experience. This graph shows a mean delay of about 8 ms. Delays around 20 ms are unlikely to cause problems, but there is a finite probability of delays at 50 ms, 55 ms, and beyond, which might disrupt a voice or video stream occasionally and would be irritating to the user.

Spirent Wi-Fi testing
As a leader in Wi-Fi performance testing for devices and access points, Spirent is a key member of the Wi-Fi Alliance task group and regularly contributes to their evolving standards. In doing so, we continually gain insights for developing our automated testbeds to meet the demand for the ever-changing Wi-Fi technology industry.

By LitePoint

April 20, 2023

In today’s world, connectivity has become almost as critical in our everyday lives as electricity and water. Wireless connectivity is integrated into every aspect of our lives, including how we live, work, and play. This puts companies and manufacturers under immense pressure to bring consistent, reliable products to market quickly. Quality and performance are business imperatives for these companies to maintain consumer confidence and build trusted brand reputations.

Wireless Test Must Evolve as Technologies Become More Complex

When the pandemic hit in 2020, internet consumption and real-time connection rates skyrocketed, also driving consumers to upgrade their devices. Since then, the use cases and exponential growth rate of data usage have only  increased.

To address emerging applications such as high-definition video, industrial automation, immersive experiences, and gaming, the Wi-Fi 7 standard is being defined to offer high throughput and low latency. 5G technology is also evolving to improve coverage, capacity, and connectivity.

As technologies evolve, wireless testing must continually evolve to keep up with challenging device environments, ever more complex technologies, and pressing market demands. Final testing at manufacturing is a critical aspect of any complete testing strategy because products can have different RF performance in the final form factor vs. in the component phase. Only testing in the lab, at device verification, and end-of-line manufacturing can ensure the product that reaches the end user will work the way it was designed, every time.

Efficiency and Security

The Ericsson Mobility report showed that global 5G subscriptions surpassed the one billion milestone at the end of 2022. With the growing rate of adoption and increased 5G device complexity, test strategy must be modified to ensure quality device performance, while still preserving test time and cost. Learn more about building a 5G testing strategy.

From a consumer mindset, upholding the promise of device security is vital to building trust. Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology is advancing to address security vulnerabilities in access control, location-based services, and device-to-device communication. To meet new capabilities, compliance verification and performance validation are necessary in test.

Trusted Brands 

According to the Salsify 2023 Consumer Research Report, 82% of shoppers stay loyal to brands based on product quality. Moreover, 61% of consumers state they would pay more to buy products or services from a brand name they trust. For businesses selling wireless devices, this credibility is dependent on the wireless technology in each product functioning as designed and intended in the consumers hands, every time. To ensure success, reliable testing is essential in lab, DVT, and manufacturing.

Consumers are always on the lookout for the latest technologies. In a competitive marketplace, being the first company to introduce a cool, new device to market significantly impacts the brand’s reputation.

Simplifying Wireless Test

With LitePoint’s fast-to-deploy and easy-to-use test solutions, businesses can focus on making the next, next big thing. Since its founding over 20 years ago, LitePoint has had one overriding principle: making wireless test simple. In a complex and ever-changing industry, LitePoint simplifies wireless test so companies can get the most innovative wireless technologies to market before their competition.



Brands only get one chance to have a successful product launch. Consumers are always waiting to get their hands on the next big thing, and companies need reliable wireless testing to guarantee each device performs as intended in their customers’ hands. Building a reliable test strategy ensures product quality and builds the foundation of trust for businesses selling wireless devices. Each new feature added to a device must work seamlessly to protect reputation and uphold loyalty.

Contact us to learn how LitePoint’s simple, optimal wireless test solutions will bring your innovative products to market with confidence.

The concept of the Renaissance man is not new. Human ambition has fervently pursued discovery and exploration for centuries. But, in that era of rapid technological advancement, being a specialist was no longer sufficient. Over 700 years later, it has become a popular business trend to establish oneself as a foundational hub with a core technology or idea before branching out into other industries to demonstrate a broader level of competence.

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have long aimed to enter new markets, akin to Renaissance Men, but have faced obstacles due to their internal teams lacking access to the proper resources, their unfamiliarity with target markets outside of their own, their risk aversion from previous failures, and stiff competition.
ISPs are interested in expanding into the eldercare market as the aging baby boomer generation offers a lucrative potential revenue stream, but creating a unique healthcare solution for wellness monitoring or aging-in-place can be both time-consuming and costly for telecommunications organizations. ISPs face difficulty in selecting eldercare industry models to follow, given that healthcare giants benefit from extensive research and market experience, as well as sufficient funds and resources. Meanwhile, following the examples of more high-risk health tech startups may not be suitable for ISPs lacking scientific or technological expertise. Cognitive believes ISPs can instead fill the gaps in the eldercare market by leveraging their core technology, WiFi, to roll out new services.

There is no universal solution for ISPs to create new services. However, there are core design philosophies that can aid in creating an effective eldercare solution. To be successful, ISPs must carefully consider four key factors.

1. Health Tech Must Be Simple

It is important that any wellness monitoring solution be simple enough that anyone with any level of understanding can use it effectively. Health technology is frequently innovative and evolving, making it unfamiliar to many end users, especially seniors, who make up a large majority of end users for wellness monitoring solutions. Historically, this is a demographic that is less tech-savvy, more risk-averse, and generally apprehensive about the learning curve. Many seniors would struggle to set up and configure new systems and have significant generational biases towards new technology. These biases, such as privacy concerns, can prove difficult for a senior to navigate if they have to interact with the wellness monitoring solution themselves daily. As well, consumers are often looking for a ‘do-it-yourself’ approach to monitoring. A quick and easy setup process is crucial for both seniors and caregivers setting up a system. Lengthy setup times or extensive customer support interactions can lead to frustration. Hence, expedient and seamless setup processes are vital for a positive user experience. As a result, an ISP should consider that wellness monitoring technology must be designed with the assumption that end users need simple applications. An application that is easy to use and set up will increase user adoption, improve customer satisfaction, and therefore create more loyal customers.

2. Eldercare for More Than Just the Frail

Seniors who aim to preserve their independence as they age often think that eldercare or wellness monitoring solutions are solely for those who are frail, ill, or whose health has affected their lifestyle. Also known as illusory superiority, most people believe they are still healthy and active enough to not require an eldercare solution. There is also a societal stigma associated with aging, which can make encouraging a broader demographic to use wellness monitoring solutions difficult. With proactive healthcare models on the rise, consumers are seeing the need now more than ever to take steps towards improving their health before things get bad or when they are still healthy enough to install such systems. Early introduction of wellness monitoring solutions is paramount, as health issues often develop slowly and are difficult to detect without historical data. Establishing a healthy baseline is important to identify deviations and monitor health trends, providing valuable information for caregivers and healthcare professionals.

The primary objective is for ISPs to educate their users on the value of eldercare, not solely for seniors with debilitating conditions but also for those in good health. By encouraging seniors to acquire a monitoring solution earlier in their retirement, ISPs can benefit from extended recurring monthly revenue streams. Typically, seniors only acquire eldercare solutions once their health has started to decline, leading to a limited revenue collection window for providers. Hence, the potential for long-term revenue from early wellness monitoring adoption is substantial. ISPs need to bridge the gap between fitness trackers for younger audiences (FitBit, Apple Watch, etc.) and those for senior populations (Life Alerts, etc.).

3. The Potential of the Baby Boomers

The baby boomer generation is massive and rapidly approaching retirement age. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it is projected that all baby boomers will have passed the age of 65 by 2030 – a demographic estimated at 71.6 million people in the US alone. The following generation, Generation X, is significantly smaller. That means the demand for eldercare will be much greater than previous generations could support, whether due to a lack of support workers, insufficient infrastructure, or a lack of funds.

The baby boomer generation’s impending mass retirement will place significant strain on healthcare resources across the industry. Thus, it is beneficial for ISPs to develop services that can cater to this vast demand to future-proof their offerings. Just as proactive healthcare is preferable to reactive healthcare, ISPs do not want to be caught lagging behind. The technology that will be dominant within the next five years may very well already exist; it just needs incubation time to further develop and expand. Therefore, ISPs need to plan for this new technology now by upgrading their hardware, adding new functionalities, and taking their infrastructure to the next level. There is an enormous opportunity for ISPs to gain substantial market share by catering to healthy individuals who wish to age in place.

4. “One-Size-Fits-All” Does Not Work

Every human being is as complex and one-of-a-kind as a snowflake. As a result, their specific healthcare needs are determined by a variety of influencing factors, such as their physiology, lifestyle, medical history, and so on. Even within the same family, two people may have very different needs. A company, on the other hand, cannot create a solution with every possible end application, need, or use case in mind. It is recommended that solutions be scalable and customizable, capable of accommodating users’ unique and changing needs over time. After all, no one knows us better than we know ourselves.

While creating a generic, catch-all eldercare solution may initially appeal to an ISP as a cost-efficient approach, launching a single baseline solution without the flexibility for growth will leave end users feeling dissatisfied in the long run. Instead, ISPs should be creating an initial solution with the full power of an evolving product roadmap that will enable them to build out add-ons that can more uniquely and effectively meet a customer’s needs. For long-term customer satisfaction and future service development, ISPs must recognize that a “one-size-fits-all” approach in health tech is inadequate.

Expansion is Inevitable

ISPs recognize that new innovation in their industry is required to keep their competitive advantage. However, past failures to expand have made ISPs wary of entering new markets such as eldercare or healthcare. The main problem is that, historically, ISPs have tried to enter the healthcare industry by acting more like health tech companies than like the ISPs that they are.

The principal obstacle for ISPs is the intense competition posed by organizations in the aging in place or eldercare markets that already possess relative knowledge and resources. Consequently, ISPs should adopt a distinct approach to tackle this challenge, harnessing their most valuable resource, WiFi. By capitalizing on their strengths, ISPs can position their new market solutions as integral components of their service offerings. Wi-Fi Sensing is a technology that can help service providers address many of these gaps while building out an effective solution that meets these key considerations.

Wi-Fi Sensing is a low-risk and cost-efficient solution that offers ISPs enhanced flexibility thanks to its software-based architecture. Its over-the-air update capability allows for simple maintenance and feature enhancements. Leading solutions, such as Cognitive’s WiFi Motion, were designed with these considerations in mind. For example, Cognitive’s sample application, Caregiver Aware, Caregiver Aware, is a streamlined, user-friendly tool that provides caregivers with all the data they need to care for their loved ones without disrupting their seniors’ lives. As demonstrated by Caregiver Aware, Wi-Fi Sensing can power an intuitive eldercare application that requires no additional expensive hardware or intrusive cameras. By partnering with Cognitive, ISPs can leverage their pre-existing telecommunications expertise and WiFi infrastructure to create an effective solution that resonates with their customers. This enables ISPs to focus on their core competency, WiFi, while Cognitive handles the rest.

The guest experience goes beyond kind staff and clean rooms. While those aspects, among many others, are key to a top-tier hotel stay, accessibility and customer service are equally as important. In today’s strong digital age, guests greatly value enhanced WiFi service that they can depend on. That is, WiFi that very rarely experiences issues, such as lack of consistent connection or security. The same goes for the hotel team members whose job performance and satisfaction partially depend on the quality of tools with which they are provided, including their WiFi network and its capabilities. As a decision maker in the hospitality world, it’s imperative to do the homework that is required when establishing a partnership with a company whose service holds this level of importance and responsibility.

Meet Hospitality WiFi, a WCI Company

High-quality WiFi isn’t just a product. It’s a service. And, that’s what sets Hospitality WiFi apart. Here’s how it works: For a flat monthly fee depending on the size of the network, Hospitality WiFi will provide a hotel the latest equipment, monitor and manage its network, and deliver 24/7/365 technical support. This allows for business owners and general managers to eliminate usage, security and network issues from their plate, leaving it up to a team of experts.

Notable features include:

  • 24/7/365 Cloud Managed WiFi
  • Cloud-based Dashboard – monitor and manage the hotel’s network
  • High-Density Access Points – enterprise-grade equipment
  • Nationwide Coverage – available in all 50 states
  • Centralized Authentication – repeat guests sign in once
  • Custom Splash Page – personalize the property’s login page
  • Bandwidth Management – implement bandwidth usage policies

#1 HSIA Choice Of Multiple Major Hotel Flags

As the #1 choice for HSIA (High Speed Internet Access) for multiple major hotel flags such as Best Western, Choice Hotels, and IHG, Hospitality WiFi has an established reputation that reflects the level of service each customer receives, expects and deserves. To best manage each exceptional feature at all times, guests are provided with a Property Management Dashboard. This tool allows team members to maintain a real-time view of the guest network while managing and monitoring guest internet access across the board with full visibility.

Benefits of the Property Management Dashboard include:

  • Easy way to view your current health and usage of your network
  • Helps you manage your guest Internet access, including how much bandwidth guests are using at your property and how they’re using it
  • View network and equipment status, support data, and usage data all in one place
  • Can be viewed from anywhere you can connect to the Internet

Feature highlights and supported features include:

  • Made for the hospitality industry
  • View equipment status, support data, and usage patterns
  • Manage pay plans, bandwidth, support calls, and other aspects
  • Receive notifications of equipment outages to enable proactive resolution
  • Offers multiple user logins/tiers for admins and managers
  • Compatible with the latest technology, including many popular gateway and access points
  • Ability to brand portal
  • Custom reporting options for greater flexibility

Invest in Reliability and Improve Your Guest Experience

Ultimately, selecting a premier WiFi management service is one of the greatest investments when mapping out the key components that promote success points from seamless operations and staff productivity to return customers and industry credibility. Best-in-class WiFi is not just providing a great product, it’s also providing a reliable service that offers scalable management tools, ensures security and connectivity for guests, guarantees prompt customer support, and maintains up-to-date technology.

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IRVINE, Calif., April 11, 2023 ( – Newracom, Inc., a leading supplier of IoT-enabled wireless connectivity chipsets, and Askey, a member of ASUSTek Computer Inc., have announced a partnership to develop a product line of Wi-Fi HaLow enabled IoT devices for smart city solutions. Wi-Fi HaLow, or 802.11ah, is a wireless standard developed for IoT devices, offering long-range, low-power connectivity with enough data throughput for HD video, making it a flexible enabling technology for a wide range of IoT applications. Wi-Fi HaLow is a sub-gigahertz implementation of Wi-Fi technology.

Civil IoT Network Solution - HaLow

Leveraging Newracom’s expertise as a leading Wi-Fi HaLow semiconductor company, and Askey’s specialization in creating IoT solutions and ecosystems for those who want the best in smart connected environments, the companies have developed a variety of IoT devices with Wi-Fi HaLow connectivity. These Wi-Fi HaLow-enabled devices range from simple sensors to wireless video cameras, and will be used in conjunction with an IoT gateway that combines Wi-Fi HaLow and LTE connectivity to create cost-effective smart city solutions.

The Wi-Fi HaLow technology devices can enable long-range communication of over 1 km to connect many IoT devices that power a variety of smart solutions. These devices can power rural and dense population centers alike and provide connectivity to a variety of devices to support different solutions such as smart agriculture, disaster prevention systems, urban drainage, pollution monitoring, and many other civil IoT projects. The Wi-Fi HaLow and LTE gateway can aggregate the data from these Wi-Fi HaLow devices to one private LTE connection while saving the number of connections that require ongoing costs.

James Lee, Head of IoT Solution Development for Askey stated, “Wi-Fi HaLow can help lower the recurring costs of smart city infrastructure solutions, lowering the barriers for municipalities in developing smarter infrastructure. Wi-Fi HaLow technology is the right mix of range, speed and low power to meet the wide-ranging demands of smart city requirements.”

Zac Freeman, VP of Marketing & Sales in Newracom, commented, “Wi-Fi HaLow is being implemented in many IoT solutions today. We are pleased to be partnering with Askey to enable Wi-Fi HaLow smart city solutions and excited about the opportunity to see Wi-Fi HaLow used in a variety of smart city infrastructure projects.”

These smart city solutions are available from Askey’s Civil IoT division and can be contacted for engagement for the development of a large variety of smart city projects. In addition, Newracom provides Wi-Fi HaLow system on chip and evaluation kits for enabling the development of Wi-Fi HaLow solutions. Visit for more information about Askey smart city solutions and visit for more information about Wi-Fi HaLow.

About NEWRACOM, Inc.

NEWRACOM, Inc., located in Irvine, California, U.S., has rapidly become a leading developer and supplier of IoT-enabled wireless connectivity chipsets. We specialize in providing a broad range of Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11ah and IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac/ax) that covers various connectivity needs in our lives. With our extensive and diverse Wi-Fi solutions, NEWRACOM enables customers with a “one-stop shop,” offering a comprehensive solution that can serve multiple IoT applications including Smart Grid, Wearables, Smart Home and Office, Healthcare, and Industrial Automation. For more information, please visit online at

About Askey

Founded in 1989, Askey Computer Corp. specializes in creating solutions and ecosystems for those who want the best in Smart Connected environments.

Askey has been the preferred carrier-grade solution partner for communications providers, major Telecom Operators and Consumer Product Providers worldwide. To learn more, please visit:

Mercku and Utility Networks to Provide Cutting-Edge Connectivity in the UK

WATERLOO, Canada & Bristol, United Kingdom – March 25, 2023 – UK residential and SME connectivity is about to look a lot better, be more sustainable and have better service continuity options.

Mercku Inc. and Utility Networks are partnering to promote the benefits of innovative connectivity solutions to regional operators and integrators, regardless of size or tier. As an authorized and certified innovative IT management and solutions provider, Utility Networks opens access to Mercku’s world-leading connectivity and sensing solutions to operators, service providers, and small-medium businesses in the region.

Operating across the UK and Europe, Utility Networks was founded to provide IT Management Services and Solutions to small businesses and homes. Utility Networks aims to push the boundaries of connectivity and close the digital divide by providing a wide range of high-performance networking technology solutions through a growing number of like-minded partners. Utility networks provide secured and cost-effective networking technology solutions to tackle these issues, fuelling clients’ growth and staff productivity in the UK and beyond. With its current client base rapidly growing, Utility Networks is expanding its product line to include robust intelligent Mesh Wi-Fi systems and cutting-edge 5G CPE equipment for home and office. 

Designed by Mercku’s Red Dot award-winning product team, the Mercku CPE family is built to provide a future-proof platform for deploying advanced services and applications in the industry. With proprietary technology developed by their founders’ decades of expertise in RF technologies, Mercku’s routers aim to be the intelligent centre of home networks, providing reliable connectivity and security.

With its latest introduction of the 5G-enabled customer premise equipment solution, featuring network fail-over capabilities to ensure minimal network downtime, Mercku is focused on providing ISP, MSPs and home users with fast and reliable connectivity.

About Utility Networks

Utility Networks was founded in 2002 to provide IT Management Services and Solutions to small businesses and homes with the same service levels that large companies demand at a fraction of the cost. Operating across the UK and Europe with high-performance product suites and partners, Utility Networks provides products and services in wireless technologies, internet, security, network planning, management, project management or simply installation.

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 About Mercku Connectivity

Founded in 2017 in Waterloo, Canada, Mercku is transforming how businesses offer their users smart home devices and services. Built on decades of design and engineering expertise, Mercku’s founders have over 450 patents in wireless technology and bring proprietary innovation to the world of connectivity. Mercku’s relentless innovation and thought leadership transforms the Wi-Fi and smart home space with their latest connectivity-as-a-service suite of hardware, software, and premium features.

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