In-home WiFi and consumer premises equipment specialist AirTies has struck a strategic partnership with chipset giant Broadcom to pre-integrate its Smart WiFi software into Broadcom’s WiFi 6 drivers, making it easier for operators to bring AirTies’ solutions to third-party gateways. In addition, AirTies will use Broadcom’s Wi-Fi 6 chipsets in a new class of Mesh extenders to be offered in 2019.
WiFi 6 is expected to bring increased speed and capacity than the previous generation of WiFi – 802.11ac. It is also intended to more efficiently support the increasing density of devices in the connected home with lower latency and enhanced battery life.
AirTie’s Smart WiFi software is designed to direct consumers’ devices to the best available channel and band – 2.4GHz and 5GHz – based on real-time home network conditions to improve performance. It also enables gateways to serve as the Wi-Fi Mesh controller.
Broadcom’s Wi-Fi 6 chipsets will also be integrated with access to AirTies’ Remote Manager. According to AirTies, the visibility and historical performance analysis this provides is important to get the best performance out of new Wi-Fi 6 devices because older legacy Wi-Fi devices remain in homes for many years.
The technology company cited its own research that found 51.3% of devices in the home still use old 802.11n technology.
“Our newest strategic effort with Broadcom will make it easier for operators to adopt Broadcom’s Wi-Fi 6 chipsets to have access to our industry-leading Smart Wi-Fi software and in-home management software platform. We look forward to enabling service providers to leverage our software on third-party gateways and to bringing our own Wi-Fi 6 Mesh extenders to market in 2019. Powered by Broadcom’s latest 4×4 Wi-Fi 6 chipsets, these new extenders will continue our legacy of designing the kind of elegant and compact products that both operators and consumers demand,” said Oz Yildirim, CMO of AirTies.
“Wi-Fi 6 is the next great advancement in the evolution of Wi-Fi technology, and we are excited about its potential for broadband service providers around the globe. AirTies is a proven global leader in managed Wi-Fi software solutions, and the powerful combination of Broadcom’s Wi-Fi 6 and AirTies’ Smart Wi-Fi software will enable operators to serve the super connected homes of today and tomorrow,” said Gregory Fischer, senior vice president and general manager, broadband carrier access, Broadcom.