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Where Wi-Fi 6/6E represented a paradigm shift with associated testing requirements, Wi-Fi 7 promises to refine and expand Wi-Fi 6 functionality. This underscores the importance of having a smart testing strategy in place now to ensure a seamless evolution. Learn more about what’s coming with Wi-Fi 7.

Each generation of Wi-Fi has delivered higher data rates with a focus on improving performance for end users. It’s an increasingly tall order—consider the average family surrounded by devices all contending for the same airwaves. Or the same scenario faced by an enterprise user.

Wi-Fi 6 aimed to solve this dynamic in home and at the office. It was a paradigm shift that introduced new functionality and mechanisms to better support multiple users. Close on Wi-Fi 6’s heels came Wi-Fi 6E, which incorporated use of the 6 GHz spectrum.

Anticipating what’s next, the industry has its sights set on Wi-Fi 7, which promises to refine and expand Wi-Fi 6 functionality in the 6 GHz spectrum. It adds new features and mechanisms aimed at finally tackling issues that have persistently snarled certain Wi-Fi use cases.

While higher throughput—up to 12 Gbps—is the main benefit of Wi-Fi 7, it is not achieved easily.

Let’s explore why, and implications, starting with a look at Wi-Fi 7’s core capabilities and benefits.

320 MHz bandwidth for much more data
Similar to Wi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi 7 uses the 6 GHz spectrum that can support channels as wide as 320 MHz—twice what is supported by Wi-Fi 6E and four times Wi-Fi 6. In fact, with Wi-Fi 7, you can get three 320 MHz channels in the 6 GHz band. Because a wider channel can transmit more data, Wi-Fi 7’s pipe is larger than ever.

But is that spectrum actually usable? Such a wide 320 MHz channel is likely to have an interferer in the band which means sections of the channel might be unusable. Wi-Fi 7 deals with this by using a mechanism to puncture out that part of the spectrum so that it is partitioned, but the rest of the 320 MHz channel can be used.

Elevated order modulation for 20% higher speed
Quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) conveys data over radio waves using discrete points in the constellation diagram. Each discrete point represents a number of bits of data. The more allowable discrete points, the more data that can be transmitted. Wi-Fi 6 provides 1024 (point) QAM, a 25% increase data rate from Wi-Fi 5. Wi-Fi 7 has increased it another 20% to 4096 QAM, which is 12 data bits per symbol.

The problem with this high order modulation is the impact of channel noise, which makes demodulation difficult. Although 4096 QAM is fast, it needs a high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) to work properly. That limits its use to short operating distances of about 18 feet—inferior for some applications, but excellent for others, such as virtual reality.

Multiple Resource Units provide better spectrum efficiency
OFDMA improves performance by allowing simultaneous transmissions between multiple clients. With Wi-Fi 6 and LTE, a channel can be divided into Resource Units (RUs), which are frequency groupings. Each device is allocated one RU. To provide better spectrum efficiency, Wi-Fi 7 allows multiple RUs to be allocated to each device, making use of otherwise potentially unused spectrum.

Multi-link operation increases link and channel efficiency
In traditional Wi-Fi mesh networks, each mesh node communicates with the devices close to it on a single band and the mesh nodes communicate with each other. This is sometimes not an efficient approach for device-to-device traffic. Instead, with Wi-Fi 7, multi-link operation (MLO) enables multiple simultaneous links to operate in separate channels, with each link operating independently. For example, 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 6GHz radios can all be used as though they were one.

MLO is an important new feature in Wi-Fi 7. It is a unified and consistent framework to consistently manage multiple links, reducing management overhead. By aggregating links on different channels, MLO increases throughput. It also improves latency by using multiple links in parallel for flexible channel access. Reliability can be increased by sending duplicated data on multiple links, and quality of service (QoS) can be improved by assigning traffic to appropriate links.

Enhanced QoS management for priority access
Normally, all devices contend for a single channel on a first come first served basis. This is a non-starter for applications like voice calls, where timing is critical.

Wi-Fi 7 introduced enhanced QoS Management so that devices can request guaranteed time. For example, they would inform the access point that a voice call will need 5 ms every 20 ms. The access point will then pre-allocate the channel if possible. This guarantees access to the channel when the voice packet is transmitted. Enhanced QoS management provides smoother channel access management than previous first come, first served methods.

Restricted service periods for deterministic latency
Latency is important for enhanced reality. Wi-Fi 6 improved latency with OFDMA but, depending on the number of gamers in the house, the latency could fluctuate significantly. Wi-Fi 7 can provide deterministic latency that reserves what you need when you need it.

Wi-Fi 7 testing considerations
Wi-Fi 6’s new features had major testing implications which need to be further refined for Wi-Fi 7. The biggest impact is multi-link operation, which will need new testing methodology and test plans for its more consistent, but a different approach compared to standard mesh device testing. Similarly, testing methodologies need to be enhanced for targeted QoS wait time.

As always, test planning will leverage Wi-Fi Alliance test plans when they become available. In the meanwhile, maintaining an up-to-date testing approach for Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E is essential to keep pace with evolving Wi-Fi technology.

Learn about Spirent’s Test as a Service for Wi-Fi devices and read the eBook Testing Wi-Fi for High-Performance Use Cases.

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Other Plume news

Midco scales up

We’re delighted to announce that Plume HomePass and OpenSync are powering Midco’s new WiFi service; a next-generation smart home solution capitalizing on cloud, A.I., and open-source technology to deliver fast and reliable WiFi experiences to consumers throughout the U.S. midwest.
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Unparalleled experience

We’re thrilled to announce that Plume has appointed a board of advisorsHannes Ametsreiter, a former CEO of Vodafone Germany, Cody Sanford, former T-Mobile Executive VP, and Mike Doonan, Managing Partner at SPMB Executive Search, have joined Tony Werner, former CTO of Comcast and one of Plume’s independent directors, to advise and support our executive team through the next phase of our growth.
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Winning impact

We’re very proud to announce that Plume has won two highly coveted Wi-Fi NOW Awards: ‘Best In-home WiFi Product’ and ‘Best Service Provider WiFi Solution’. We’d like to thank all of our service provider partners, customers, our employees, and our subscribers for their continued trust and commitment as we jointly celebrate this exciting achievement.
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Whitepaper: Best smart home security

We’re honored that Plume’s Guard service has received the 2022 Fierce Telecom Innovation Award for security! Our latest whitepaper provides a comprehensive overview of the cyber-attack landscape to help service providers better understand and address consumers’ concerns, and deliver state-of-the-art cyber-security to all connected devices within the smart home.
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News round-up

In this Fierce Telecom Awards report, Plume’s Director of Product, Mangesh Bhamre, discussed why service providers are best placed to provide comprehensive cyber-security in the smart home.
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At Network X, Gregor Stegen, Plume’s VP of Sales and Business Development, EMEA, highlighted how A.I. and machine learning can provide CSPs with the opportunity to elevate user experience and drive meaningful change within the broadband sector.
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Total Telecom discussed the latest development in automated frequency coordination (AFC) as Plume, together with 12 other industry leaders, has been conditionally approved by the FCC to move forward with solutions in the U.S.
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Purdicom Ltd will enhance the reach of its IO By HFCL communication products portfolio in the UK/Ireland market as part of an exclusive partnership.

London, Jan 19, 2023: – HFCL Limited, a leading telecom equipment manufacturer and technology provider has signed a distribution agreement with Purdicom Ltd, a leading value-added distributor specialising in Wi-Fi, networking & cloud technologies in the UK & Ireland. The partnership is aimed at distributing HFCL’s products and solutions ranging from advanced indoor & outdoor Wi-Fi 6 Access Points to commercial and industrial switching units, high-power Gigabit PoE+ Injectors, and the world’s first open-source enterprise-grade Wi-Fi 7 APs in the UK and Ireland market. Purdicom is launching the entire communications product portfolio of HFCL under the brand name IO by HFCL to their channel partners on 19th January 2023.

The distribution agreement is in line with HFCL’s strategy to reach new products, new customers, and new geographies.

This will facilitate a wide range of industries & enterprises having varied network requirements to acquire high-performance, reliable, and secure Access Solutions for building and enhancing their networks. With this alliance, HFCL is all set to disrupt future connectivity ecosystems for varied industry verticals and in the most challenging environments.

The company’s product brand, IO by HFCL, includes some key products including indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi 6 Access Points, and have recently launched the world’s first open-source Wi-Fi 7 Access Points. Our Wi-Fi 7 Access Points will increase the speed of connectivity increasing from 10 gbps to 46 gbps. The Global Enterprise Wi-Fi market was $7.6bn in 2021 and is expected to reach $9bn by 2023. 

Since its inception in 2005, Purdicom has fast grown as an acclaimed technology company. Based in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, they are adept at understanding the uniqueness of each of their customers’ requirements and delivering customised solutions. They focus on supplying enterprise-level Wi-Fi, Point-to-Point, and security technology solutions enabling a multi-faceted connectivity approach that help businesses to perform more efficiently in their markets.

Commenting on this new distribution agreement, Mr. Jitendra Chaudhary, Executive President, HFCL Limited said, 

“We are delighted to enter the partnership with a leading distributor like Purdicom as this will help HFCL to further expand into the highly competitive UK and Ireland markets. Today, every business success is reliant on seamless & all-pervasive connectivity and we at HFCL are aware of this growing and pertinent need of our customers. To cater to this growing global data demand, we have developed a wide range of highly competitive, customizable, next-gen access solutions.”

Quote from Purdicom:

We are pleased to expand the distribution of IO by HFCL here in the United Kingdom and Ireland as their exclusive distributor. 

 Here in this important market, we have a great diversity of verticals that seek outstanding wireless and wired connectivity solutions. HFCL and Purdicom will develop a strong business working in hospitality, education, telecoms, and government sectors, creating a successful alliance. We are excited that we can provide IO by HFCL’s portfolio of cloud managed, enterprise Wi-Fi networking and switching offerings with the best total cost of ownership,” said Hugh Garrod Managing Director and founder of Purdicom

About HFCL

HFCL is a leading technology company specializing in creating digital networks for telcos, enterprises, and governments. Over the years, HFCL has emerged as a trusted partner offering sustainable high-tech solutions with a commitment to provide the latest technology products to its customers. Their strong R&D expertise coupled with their global system integration services and decades of experience in fibre optics enable them to deliver innovative digital network solutions required for the most advanced networks.

The Company’s in-house R&D Centre’s located at Gurgaon & Bengaluru along with invested R&D houses and other R&D collaborators at different locations in India and abroad, innovate a futuristic range of technology products and solutions. HFCL has developed capabilities to provide premium quality Optical Fibre and Optical Fibre Cables, state-of-the-art telecom products including 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) products, 5G Transport Products, Wi-Fi Systems (Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 7), Unlicensed Band Radios, Switches, Routers and Software Defined Radios. 

The Company has state-of-the-art Optical Fibre and Optical Fibre Cable manufacturing plants at Hyderabad, Optical Fibre Cable manufacturing plants in Goa, and in its subsidiary HTL Limited at Chennai.

“We are a partner of choice for our customers across India, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and USA. Our commitment to quality and environmental sustainability inspires us to innovate solutions for the ever-evolving customer needs” A quote from HFCL.

For more information, please visit https://www.purdi.com/vendors/io-hfcl/

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 3, 2022 – CES2023 – Morse Micro, a fabless semiconductor company reinventing Wi-Fi® for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced a partnership with AzureWave Technologies, Inc., a worldwide leading provider of wireless connectivity and image processing solutions. Paving the way for broad implementation of Wi-Fi HaLow in Internet of Things (IoT) environments, the partnership sees AzureWave design and manufacture two Wi-Fi HaLow modules, including a new 13mm x 13mm module, the smallest in the market.

Leveraging FCC-certified reference designs, the two module designs are anchored by Morse Micro’s MM6108 microchip. The MM6108 is the industry’s smallest, fastest and lowest power Wi-Fi HaLow SoC, providing 10x the range of traditional Wi-Fi solutions.

“Wi-Fi HaLow continues to gain momentum in the IoT ecosystem, and our collaboration with AzureWave builds on this energy as we scale and accelerate the deployment of Wi-Fi HaLow solutions worldwide,” said Michael De Nil, co-founder and chief executive officer at Morse Micro. “By joining forces, Morse Micro and AzureWave are poised to design and deliver best-in-class Wi-Fi HaLow solutions that will enrich existing communication modules in a broad range of IoT and consumer electronics applications.”

“As a leading wireless module maker, AzureWave provides design and manufacturing services that ultimately shorten the customer’s development process and time to market, enabling the end-products to be more compact, value-added and extremely low power,” said Gary Cheng, president and chief executive officer at AzureWave Technologies, Inc. “Our partnership with Morse Micro demonstrates the continued global demand for Wi-Fi HaLow solutions, and it provides the opportunity to rapidly scale Wi-Fi HaLow for countless IoT devices.”

Both the 13mm x 13mm module and 14mm x 18.5mm module are available for purchase directly via AzureWave. In addition, Morse Micro is currently developing evaluation platforms that incorporate these modules for customers.

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Join us face-to-face in Morse Micro’s private suite at the Venetian Hotel. Book a meeting with us to discuss this product: https://www.morsemicro.com/ces/

About AzureWave Technologies, Inc

AzureWave Technologies, Inc. is a worldwide leading provider of wireless connectivity and image processing solutions. Our ultra-small wireless modules and digital camera modules could be extensively applied in personal and industrial computers, mobile and internet devices, consumer electronics, home appliances, automotive components, manufacturing facilities and more. www.azurewave.com

About Morse Micro

Founded in 2016, Morse Micro is a fast-growing fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Sydney, Australia with offices in the UK, USA, China, Japan, Taiwan and India. With over AU $200m in capital raised to date, the company is the largest and best-funded Wi-Fi HaLow company in the world. Morse Micro is focused on developing Wi-Fi HaLow solutions and enabling next-generation connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). By changing the status quo of current Wi-Fi protocols Morse Micro is pushing the boundaries of our digital future, driving transformation and enhancing connectivity across the globe. Through its world-class team of Wi-Fi chip engineers, Morse Micro is now sampling its Wi-Fi Alliance and FCC-certifiable MM6108 production silicon: the fastest, smallest, lowest power and longest range Wi-Fi HaLow chip available in the market. For more information, please visit: https://www.morsemicro.com/

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DZS – a leader in smart home Wi-Fi connectivity optimisation – announced last month that it is expanding its partnership with TalkTalk Group, a major home broadband service provider in the UK. DZS has a longstanding  relationship with TalkTalk also via last years acquisition of remote Wi-Fi management experts ASSIA. DZS says the expanded partnership is one of “strategic collaboration” in order “to optimise broadband quality of experience for a large number of its direct and wholesale residential subscribers and business customers and improve efficiencies by leveraging market-leading DZS CloudCheck® and Expresse® Cloud EDGE software solutions.” The TalkTalk and DZS (ASSIA at the time) collaboration won the Wi-Fi NOW Award for Best In-home Wi-Fi Product in 2019.

Above: Tuncay Cil, Chief Strategy Officer at DZS.

DZS’ Chief Strategy Officer Tuncay Cil says DZS has recently racked up a number of significant broadband ISP wins of which the new TalkTalk agreement is but one. He also says that the nature of the broadband connectivity business is changing rapidly – and that ISPs are in a race to adapt to rising expectations from consumers. “Today, end-to-end management of the consumer experience all the way to the Wi-Fi device in the home is beyond simply delivering connectivity. The consumer experience paradigm and all that it entails – including Cloud-based solutions for Wi-Fi – is today the centrepiece of ISP operations.” Tuncay Cil will be speaking at Wi-Fi World Congress Americas in Rio de Janeiro on March 27-29. DZS is a Wi-Fi NOW Partner.

A comprehensive overview of the cyber-attack landscape to help you better address consumer concerns and deliver state-of-the-art security

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an exciting prospect for homeowners and small businesses alike, but potential cyber-attacks may well stand in the way of more widespread adoption. Wary consumers have also raised concerns over cyber-security and are calling for protective measures. Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are well positioned to deliver integrated solutions that mitigate these cyber-security concerns.

Read this whitepaper to learn more about:

  • How and why IoT security challenges exist.
  • The evolution of the IoT threat landscape.
  • Where the vulnerabilities are in the CSPs’ and consumers’ networks.
  • How CSPs can mitigate attacks at every stage of service delivery.

The Internet has become one of our most relied-upon tools; it has already altered the way we interact, the way we spend our time, and the way we consume information.

This is where advanced networks are fast becoming a linchpin of intelligent digital infrastructure, opening infinite possibilities for individuals and businesses to connect, share information, and collaborate in ways that were not possible before

While consumer demand for uninterrupted connectivity will continue to drive the most advanced technologies, the world’s digital connections will grow broader and faster, providing a platform for every industry to boost productivity and innovation. 

The new connectivity architecture includes Mesh Wi-Fi to maintain independence from the traditional cellular networks that rely on towers.

What should you know about Mesh Wi-Fi?

Undoubtedly, adopting mesh is sublime, resulting in every nook and cranny of the home soaked in high-speed Internet. It is recommended for environments with weak or incomplete coverage and for people who want an uncomplicated way to set up a Wi-Fi system. Mesh systems enable devices in your network to have faster speeds, greater coverage, and a more reliable connection. While traditional routers broadcast Wi-Fi from a single point, mesh Wi-Fi systems have multiple access points.

Are you ready to experience uninterrupted connectivity?

We are introducing IO Weave—a quantum leap in Home Wi-Fi!

HFCL Limited, a leading high-tech company with its product brand IO, launched the IO Weave-EasyMesh certified Home Mesh Router at IMC, India, on October 1st, 2022.

IO Weave is an innovative home connectivity product based on the Wi-Fi 6 standard. It is designed to deliver end-to-end connectivity, low latency, high reliability, advanced roaming & band steering, 5dBi integrated high-performance antenna, 1024 QAM support, up to 23 dBm transmit power, dual-band dual-concurrent support on 2.4 and 5 GHz RF bands, and peak data rates up to 3 Gbps and Channel size support of 20/40/80/160 MHz to support whole-home coverage.

Prasad Balakrishnan, VP at HFCL, said channel bandwidth of a wireless signal determines that signal’s data rate. The higher the channel bandwidth, the faster the connection. The use of 160 MHz channel bandwidth is one of the key features of Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) standard and HFCL’s IO Weave comes with 160MHz Channel bandwidth support and can connect up to 256 clients per router.

The product comes with a mobile app, enabling customers to manage and control the home network from their Android and iOS smartphones. Users can enjoy steady connectivity with features to set speed limits, Wi-Fi timing, advanced parental controls, and flexible guest access.

Say goodbye to dropped signals, spotty connections, and fragmented networks with IO Weave, fuelling the edge of innovation. It guarantees highly scalable, flexible, and secure mesh home networks with never-before-seen Wi-Fi speed, boosting customer satisfaction and connectivity experience.

How does IO Weave work?

A mesh network allows Internet connection extension throughout the home, wherein each router works like a standalone, but they can all communicate with each other.

It expands Wi-Fi connections without sacrificing quality or latency, enabling far more control over who can access what and when.

Irresistible benefits of IO Weave

  • One network for your entire home
  • Stable long-range connectivity
  • Easy setup and management
  • Self-healing
  • Adaptive routing
  • Better coverage
  • Minimizing dead zones
  • Controlled by a mobile app
  • Easy configuration

Supporting use cases

  • Condominiums
  • Townhouses
  • Villas
  • Multi-dwelling units
  • And beyond!

Bhuvnesh Sachdeva, SVP at HFCL, said IO Weave is powered by Wi-Fi 6 and offers an unparalleled user experience in every home corner. Eliminates Wi-Fi dead zones, dropouts, and buffering issues. It is purpose-driven for cafés, restaurants, multi-dwelling units, shared living & workspaces, and all types of homes.

The Bottomline

Mesh Wi-Fi is a perfect solution for places with weak or incomplete Internet coverage. IO Weave offers an immersive connectivity experience while supporting burgeoning network demands.

It is designed with the latest mesh Wi-Fi technology to build a network that self-configures, self-manages, and self-optimizes, ensuring the best route to the Internet.

For more information on the IO Weave Home Mesh Router, please visit https://io.hfcl.com/home-mesh-router

This article is authored by Mr. Prasad Balakrishnan, Vice President, HFCL Ltd

Plume Appoints Board of Advisors

—Industry leaders Hannes Ametsreiter, former CEO of Vodafone Germany, Cody Sanford, former T-Mobile Executive VP, and Mike Doonan, Managing Partner at SPMB, join Tony Werner, former CTO of Comcast to bring unparalleled knowledge and experience to Plume—
PALO ALTO, U.S.A. – 14 December, 2022 — Plume®, the personalized communications services pioneer, announced today that it has appointed and formed a new board of advisors comprising of highly-experienced telecoms industry and business leaders: Hannes Ametsreiter, former CEO of Vodafone Germany, Cody Sanford, former T-Mobile Executive VP, and Mike Doonan, Managing Partner at SPMB Executive Search will advise Plume’s executive team as global demand for its cloud-based and data-driven services for smart spaces—spanning homes, small businesses, and multi-dwelling units (MDUs)—continues to grow exponentially. Tony Werner, former CTO of Comcast who was appointed as an independent director on Plume’s board of directors earlier in 2022 will chair this advisory committee.

“Plume has successfully harnessed the power of cloud and AI technologies to help consumers live better and smarter while enabling CSPs to grow ARPU and reduce churn,” said Hannes Ametsreiter. “The company has ambitious product and expansion plans, and having spent many years driving European CSP strategies, I’m excited and thrilled to be a part of its advisory board.”

“Through its innovative suites of solutions for smart spaces, Plume has already taken consumer experience to the next level. I’m excited to advise this fast-growing company that is redefining the standards of the smart home and small business, and look forward to leveraging my experience in consumer products and marketing to assist Fahri and his team,” said Cody Sanford.

“I’m thrilled with the opportunity to advise such a talented and committed team,” said Mike Doonan. “With a data and people-driven mission, I’m confident Plume will continue to achieve extraordinary milestones to benefit consumers and the service providers who serve them.”

Today, Plume powers more than 44 million active residential and small business locations with its cloud-managed services, with more than 350 Communication Service Providers (CSPs) from around the world relying on its award-winning services to deliver optimal experiences to their subscribers. Capitalized with over $700 million in private equity and strategic funding since its inception, a solid balance sheet, and strong growth, Plume is well-positioned to continue to innovate and scale.

“I want to thank Hannes, Cody, and Mike for joining me on this exciting journey,” said Tony Werner. Throughout my time at Comcast, and this year via more direct engagement with Plume, I’m ever more confident that this company is set to shake up the status quo. It’s exciting and fun to be working alongside such an innovative team which is now even stronger with the formation of this advisory board.”

Commenting on the appointments Fahri Diner, Founder and CEO of Plume, said “I’m honored to welcome this group of talented and vastly experienced leaders who will provide their expertise and advice to my executive team through the next phase of our growth. I am very confident that their combined knowledge will be invaluable as we continue to upend the industry and put the consumer at the focus of everything we do.”

Introducing the board of advisors:

About Hannes Ametsreiter
Hannes was formerly the CEO of Vodafone Germany and a member of Vodafone Group’s Executive Committee. Prior to Vodafone Germany, Ametsreiter served as CEO of the Telekom Austria Group. He was also a Member of the Management Board of A1 Telekom, a company created through the merger of Mobilkom Austria and Telekom Austria TA AG. He has over 25 years of experience in the industry, working for leading companies providing fiber, cable, and mobile communications solutions.

About Cody Sanford
Cody served as T-Mobile’s Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Product Officer, leading the company’s Product & Technology organization. He held a variety of leadership roles at T-Mobile over the past 20 years, including Senior Vice President, West Area, and Vice President of Enterprise Delivery. Before joining T-Mobile, Cody was Western Regional Director for The Walter Group. Cody serves as Advisory Board Member to numerous companies including Paladin Cloud, Veza, and DataStax. He is experienced in a broad range of operational disciplines, such as technology transformation, corporate strategy implementation, retail sales leadership, and infrastructure deployment.

About Mike Doonan
Mike serves as a Managing Partner at SPMB Executive Search, where he leads the firm’s Digital Transformation and Data practice and has successfully executed over 350 C-level and VP searches across all market verticals. Mike joined SPMB in 2004 to help evolve its business model. Prior to SPMB, he was a Senior Quantitative Analyst at Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and Equity Capital Markets Summer Analyst at Salomon Smith Barney. He also serves as Guest Lecturer for undergraduate and graduate business courses at Georgetown University. Over the past 2 decades, he has earned a reputation as a strategic partner and leadership architect who helps his clients build executive teams that bridge the gap between innovation and scale.

About Tony Werner
Tony currently serves as an independent director on Plume’s board of directors. He previously served as CTO and then President, Technology, Product, and Customer Experience at Comcast Cable. Prior to Comcast, Tony served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Liberty Global, Inc., in Englewood, CO, where he led the company’s global strategy for video, voice, and data services. He has more than 40 years of engineering and technical management experience, having also held senior management positions with Qwest Communications, Aurora Networks, Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI)/AT&T Broadband, Rogers Communications, Inc., and RCA Cablevision Systems.

About Plume
Plume® is the creator of the world’s first SaaS experience platform for Communications Service Providers (CSPs) and their subscribers, deployed in more than 44 million locations globally. As the only open and hardware-independent, cloud-controlled solution, Plume enables the rapid delivery of new services for smart homes, MDUs, small businesses, and beyond at massive scale. On the front end, Plume delivers self-optimizing, adaptive WiFi, cyber-security, access and parental controls, and more. CSPs get robust data- and AI-driven back-end applications for unprecedented visibility, insights, support, operations, and marketing. Plume leverages OpenSync™, an open-source framework that comes pre-integrated and supported on the leading silicon, CPE, and platform SDKs.

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Indio Networks is proud to launch the much awaited it’s WiFi Service Management Platform for managing Community WiFi hotspots at Africacom 2022 in Cape Town on 8th November 2022. The new platform offers satellite broadband operators, ISPs and managed service providers a fully integrated, next-generation platform for centrally managing all their community WiFi deployments. The platform mimics several features offered by Facebook’s ExpressWiFi platform that was widely popular among the ISPs and satellite broadband operators all over the world.

Access to the Internet is becoming the fundamental right of every citizen of the World. It is widely accepted fact that 21st century is going to be a knowledge and digital century and Internet access will ensure democratization of knowledge and opportunities. This is especially true for developing and less developed economies who are investing in building digital infrastructure for their citizen. 

Over last decade, Meta (formerly Facebook) has worked on many projects worldwide to bridge the digital divide and connecting the unconnected. With this intent, it launched its ExpressWiFi program to help operators build digital infrastructure in remote regions of the world. The program provided WiFi infrastructure and technology to operators and Internet service providers to deploy community WiFi hotspots worldwide. The main goal of this project was to bring Internet access to far flung regions of the world and offer affordable, reliable and fast Internet to the people living in these regions.

In early 2022, Meta decided to wind down the ExpressWiFi program and focus on other important projects. It meant that the service providers who used Express WiFi platform had to find an alternative solution to continue their services. Indio Networks decided to take up this responsibility and offer a fully integrated Service Management Platform (SMP) for managing remotely Community WiFi deployments.

Commenting on the launch of the new platform, Indio Network’s CEO Mr. Rishi Ghare said “We believes that Internet access is a fundamental right of every citizen and WiFi hotspot is the best last mile technology to offer fast, reliable and affordable Internet service to the remote regions. Indio is really proud to partner with leading ISPs and satellite broadband operators to bring affordable Internet services to far regions of the world.  Every time when a child learns, doctor treats a patient, families communicate with each other or a local entrepreneur builds successful business using our WiFi hotspots, it gives a great deal of satisfaction and accomplishment to us. Indio is looking to partner with operators worldwide to replicate this success stories.” 

Indio’s community WiFi platform (Indio Connect) currently serves over 2500 remote villages in South Amercia, Africa and Asia. It expects the deployments to double by end of next year. For more information, please visit www.indionetworks.com  

About Indio Networks:
Indio Networks designs, develops and sells high performance networking, wireless and telecommunication products for internet service providers, network operators and government agencies. Indio’s products are deployed in over 45 countries and serve millions of users each month. Indio offer a complete range of Wi-Fi access points, network controllers, cloud software, IoT products and network switches which cater to a wide range of industry verticals.

Stadiums and Convention Center Venues Benefit from New Ways to Monetize and Differentiate their Facilities

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. & CORONA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GoZone WiFi, the leader in WiFi monetization and management tools, and Forum Info-Tech, a top 100 managed service provider (MSP), today announced that the two companies are working together to provide the Toyota Arena and Ontario Convention Center with advanced IT and WiFi solutions. Toyota Arena is a multi-purpose arena in Ontario, CA, hosting local sporting events and concerts including the Ontario Clippers, and the Ontario Convention Center is a full-service, state-of-the-art convention facility used for conventions, trade shows, exhibits and meetings.

“We are excited to partner with Forum Info-Tech to provide Toyota Arena with our combined innovative guest analytic and IT solutions”

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GoZone WiFi and Forum Info-Tech are helping to drive revenue and connect with Wi-Fi users that exhibit or attend events at large facilities like the Toyota Arena and Ontario Convention Center using GoZone’s Smart WiFi™ Suite of guest analytics solutions and Forum Info-Tech’s IT products and services. These combined solutions offer these venues with updated IT services and the ability to self-manage and automate the onboarding of any type of user including exhibitors, guests, fans, contractors, and all their IoT devices.

“We are excited to partner with Forum Info-Tech to provide Toyota Arena with our combined innovative guest analytic and IT solutions,” said Todd Myers, Founder and CEO, GoZone WiFi. “GoZone’s solutions for stadium and Convention Center facilities like Toyota Arena and Ontario Convention Center provide these venues with the opportunity to increase concession revenues, drive future attendance and make informed staffing decisions. In addition, these venues can better understand traffic flow and attendee behavior and apply that data to event layout and design. They also can showcase event sponsors with interactive ads, drive app downloads, and provide advertiser attribution.”

“GoZone Wi-Fi helps Forum Info-Tech add an additional layer of service for our Managed IT Service venues like the Toyota Arena and Ontario Convention Center. In addition to providing onsite and co-managed IT services for their computer networks, workstation support, and cloud hosting and security compliance, we have found that GoZone Wi-Fi provides Forum Info-Tech the logical extension of taking care of the venue’s Wi-Fi to provide an incredible and hassle-free WiFi experience for both the venue and those attending events,” added Biren Shukla, President and CEO, Forum Info-Tech.

About GoZone:
GoZone WiFi is a SaaS company and leader in monetizing and managing Guest WiFi. The company offers business analytics, venue intelligence and guest engagement by using WiFi networks to deliver branded content, provide customer analytics, and display advertising. GoZone’s Smart WiFi Suite of products enables WiFi monetization through rich location data, marketing engagements, and third-party sponsorships. GoZone’s venue intelligence enables enterprises to strategically refine operations, bridging the gap between marketing and IT. Learn more at GoZoneWiFi.com.

About Forum Info-Tech:
Forum Info-Tech specializes in educating our clients on the information technology options available to ease business IT concerns and implement the best solution. Our professional scope ranges from engineering and implementing on-premise network solutions, designing and migrating to cloud solutions, business continuity, and data recovery solutions, and consulting on various IT projects. Our network and technical engineers’ combined experience allows us to successfully provide custom, affordable solutions to our valued clients. For more information, please learn more at www.foruminfotech.net.