Qualcomm Unveils 10G Fiber Gateway Platform and Service Defined Wi-Fi, Transforming Home Connectivity

Qualcomm Technologies has revealed a pioneering advancement in home connectivity with the launch of the Qualcomm 10G Fiber Gateway Platform, coupled with its groundbreaking feature, Qualcomm Service Defined Wi-Fi technology. This innovation promises to revolutionize the way broadband service providers manage and enhance home Wi-Fi experiences.
Qualcomm 10G Fiber Gateway PlatformCurrently, a vast majority of broadband subscribers primarily interact with their broadband services through Wi-Fi. The existing broadband systems often manage the access network and Wi-Fi within the home as separate entities, making it challenging to maintain a consistent quality of service across the network due to the diverse array of devices, applications, connectivity technologies, and their constant evolution.

Qualcomm’s Service Defined Wi-Fi technology tackles this management challenge by offering a unified data flow management architecture from the cloud to the device. It provides orchestration, classification, scheduling, and insights to ensure that subscriber performance expectations for 10G Fiber are met. This adaptability caters to various user activities like gaming, streaming, video conferencing, or content sharing.

Rahul Patel, senior vice president and general manager of connectivity, broadband, and networking at Qualcomm Technologies, emphasized the company’s leading role in the connectivity revolution.

“By adding 10G Fiber to our technology portfolio, along with 5G and Wi-Fi 7, we now offer a compelling mix of solutions to help service providers drive revenue growth, service innovations, and deliver more immersive, and engaged subscriber experiences,” Rahul Patel said.

Andrew Spivey, Senior Analyst at ABI Research, praised Qualcomm’s latest advancements in home gateways and their potential to accelerate the transformation of home Wi-Fi networks. He highlighted the timeliness of the platform, especially in the context of rapidly deployed fiber-optic cables and the decline of legacy cable and DSL technologies.

The Qualcomm 10G Fiber Gateway Platform is designed to enable seamless 10Gbps connectivity to and within homes. Combining 10G Passive Optical Network (PON) technology with multi-Gigabit Wi-Fi 7 connectivity, the platform ensures high-speed and low-latency access to end devices like phones, PCs, smart TVs, home cameras, or appliances.

One of the standout features is the Qualcomm Service Defined Wi-Fi technology, a revolutionary cloud-to-device quality of service framework. This empowers service providers with unprecedented orchestration and insights to enhance their subscribers’ quality of experience. The application-type orchestration facilitates the creation of a new level of user experience based on reliable and fast end-to-end connectivity. This allows service providers to offer differentiated services optimized for various applications such as gaming, streaming, and optimized work-from-home services.

Both the Qualcomm 10G Fiber Gateway Platform and Qualcomm Service Defined Wi-Fi technology are slated to be commercially available by summer 2024.

Qualcomm Technologies announced its collaboration with Charter Communications to deliver the next-generation Advanced Wi-Fi router that will bring Wi-Fi 7 and 10 Gbps Wi-Fi capabilities to Spectrum Internet users.

Dave Rodrian, Charter’s Group Vice President of Wi-Fi Products. “This next generation of Wi-Fi will support the delivery of new experiences, such as fully immersive, ultra-low latency VR, and aligns with our network evolution plan to enable multi-gig wireless connectivity across our entire footprint.”

Qualcomm Technologies has also partnered with EE to roll out new in-home hardware in the future that will feature Qualcomm Wi-Fi 7 platforms as part of its plans to deliver best-in-class home connectivity to consumers across the UK.

Marc Allera, CEO of EE, said: “EE broadband customers will be among the first globally to benefit from access to a certified next-gen Wi-Fi 7 home hub – providing them with the cutting-edge of innovation in connectivity.”