Together with leading Consumer Premises Equipment (CPE) partners – ADTRAN, Askey, CIG, Hitron, Kaon, Sagemcom, Sercomm, Technicolor, and Zyxel Communications – Smart Home Services specialist Plume has confirmed the availability of over 20 Wi-Fi 6 devices fully supported by open-source silicon-to-cloud framework OpenSync.
The initial list of CPE providers who are launching Wi-Fi 6 CPEs with OpenSync includes:
All CPEs come pre-integrated with OpenSync and provide access to Plume’s Consumer Experience Management (CEM) Platform, that is already enabling over 150 Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to serve personalised smart home experiences to more than 22 million homes worldwide actively managed by the Plume Cloud.
Featuring the latest Wi-Fi 6 chipsets from major silicon providers including Broadcom, MaxLinear, and Qualcomm, OpenSync’s flexible and cloud-agnostic architecture enables rapid service curation, delivery, scale, management, and support of Smart Home Services.
Through OpenSync, CSPs have complete control over their Wi-Fi 6 CPE choices, while full interoperability brings longevity to existing CAPEX investments. All OpenSync-powered CPEs from multiple suppliers––including gateways, extenders and SuperPods––can coexist on the same home network, irrespective of Wi-Fi generation, with plug and play simplicity.
“Wi-Fi 6 is an exciting milestone for home connectivity, however, this advancement alone is insufficient to deliver the personalised and fully-optimised experiences demanded by broadband subscribers today,” said Fahri Diner, Co-founder & CEO at Plume. “To fully capitalise on the benefits of Wi-Fi 6––and indeed every Wi-Fi generation––CSPs must deploy both reactive and predictive cloud management across all hardware platforms to address the increased complexity of the home network. Plume predicts that starting in 2021, the intersection of an open platform approach and managed Wi-Fi 6 will be the main factor separating the winners from losers in residential services.”
While the Wi-Fi 6 specification provides significant improvements over past iterations––including increased throughput, improved latency, power savings, and enhanced security––these benefits are best unlocked and fully realised through OpenSync and a massively scalable cloud platform. Due to its cloud-controlled algorithms, According to Plume, OpenSync enabled CPEs managed by the Plume cloud are uniquely positioned to take advantage of certain Wi-Fi 6 features including OFDMA – critical in today’s increasingly-dense smart home environments.