Monday, 20 May 2019 08:51

Huawei launches new Wi-Fi 6 AP, to support up to 10Gbps

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Dr Osama Aboul-Magd: "From an economic scale, deploying Wi-Fi 6 actually makes economic sense in many situations.” Dr Osama Aboul-Magd: "From an economic scale, deploying Wi-Fi 6 actually makes economic sense in many situations.” Supplied

Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies will launch its Wi-Fi 6 access point, AP7060DN, on Monday, with the company dubbing its implementation of the new standard as Air Engine, and the access point as the first commercial Wi-Fi 6 product in the industry.

Huawei, which earned $735 million in Australian revenue last year, said users would be able to experience speeds of up to 10Gbps via the router and the launch would take place at The Higher Education and Technology Agenda conference in Wollongong.

A statement from the company said the Air Engine technology would allow a four-fold increase in bandwidth for end-users to deliver total throughput of 9.6Gbps. This would allow about 400 end-users to use one Wi-Fi 6 access point at the same time.

Dr Osama Aboul-Magd, a Huawei Distinguished Engineer and key developer of Wi-Fi 6 through his work as a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, said: "Wi-Fi 6 is a real game-changer so every organisation, including large enterprises and those who work in sporting events, need to think seriously about upgrading their networks to Wi-Fi 6.

“A good deployment example is a university where they have typically 30,000 students covering several acres of a campus.

“With Wi-Fi 6 and its ability to support a large number of end-users the number of Wi-Fi access points required to cover the same area and the same number of end-users will be far less than when using Wi-Fi 4 or Wi-Fi 5 technology. So, from an economic scale deploying Wi-Fi 6 actually makes economic sense in many situations.”

The extra capacity will help delivery of bandwidth intensive applications such as virtual reality and augmented reality which can require around 300Mbps per device. Wi-Fi 6 is also claimed to deliver 50% lower latency than Wi-Fi 5 technology.

Wi-Fi 6 also consumes 30% less power than older Wi-Fi technologies.

"The key strength of Wi-Fi 6 will be in enabling significantly improved Wi-Fi connectivity in high-traffic locations such as educational institutions, retail locations, sports stadiums and other area where large numbers of end-users require concurrent Wi-Fi connectivity," the statement said.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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