Nokia launches first gateway supporting Wi-Fi 6E

Nokia has announced the launch of what it claims is the first tri-band gateway device capable of supporting Wi-Fi 6E to deliver high-capacity mesh networking and provide Wi-Fi throughput of 10Gbps.

First unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Beacon 10 includes a 10G WAN interface to pair with 10 GBS fibre modems for multi-gigabit services to the home.

The ‘E’ in Wi-Fi 6E means faster speeds and lower latencies, which Nokia said is key given the widespread roll-out of 10G fibre powered by XGS-PON which requires upgrades to home and business Wi-Fi to deliver super high speeds to enabled devices.

Wi-FI 6E devices have access to the 6GHz airwaves as opposed to previous devices which are imited to the 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrum. The jump from 5GHz to 6GHz has quadrupled the amount of airwaves (14 additional 80MHz channels, and seven additional 160MHz channels) available for routers and smart devices to ensure less signal interference.

Additionally announced at MWC, Nokia has upgraded its Nokia WiFi Cloud Controller to act as a User Services Platform (USP) controller. USP is the industry standard protocol to manage services and configurations in network devices, either remotely by a cloud application or locally by a mobile app.

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