October 4, 2022
World-First Combination of Wi-Fi 6e, Open Roaming at Polytechnic Institute of Wise Demonstrates the Future of Higher Education


Testing at Portuguese University, launched by Extreme Networks, includes 8K video and interactive experiences for in-classroom and distance learning

London, UK, 15 September 2022: The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) today announced a successful proof-of-concept test Wi-Fi 6e On a major university campus in Europe. The test demonstrates the unparalleled ability of the Extreme Networks AP4000 Wi-Fi 6E Access Point to enable immersive, interactive learning experiences, including 8K video. This was also the first time Wi-Fi 6E was tested on a WBA-connected network open roaming™, which enables seamless handover between cellular and Wi-Fi networks.

Held at the Polytechnic Institute of Vise (IPV) in Portugal, the test is a milestone towards a full deployment that will give faculty and students new options for interacting with online resources such as video, both in the classroom and remotely. . The test was a collaboration between IPV, Broadcom, Extreme Networks, Intel and Samsung. It covered a wide variety of bandwidth-intensive and latency-sensitive video use cases in high-density environments, including:

  • 8K video feed over Wi-Fi 6E network, Using Wi-Fi 6E-enabled device as broadcast platform. Scenarios included student access to HD and 8K video for distance learning as well as distance learning with HD video in the classroom.
  • Fast handover for roaming between mobile and Wi-Fi networksEnables users to seamlessly stay connected on and off premises, no matter how many users are on the network, without impacting performance.
  • Access to online classroom resources for distance learningEnsuring that students can simultaneously access and interact with the same resources without buffering or increased lag time.

For this test, Extreme deployed four of its AP4000 access points in a 1,400-square-meter venue that IPV uses to host events on campus. Broadcom, Intel and Samsung provided laptops, smartphones and tablets capable of running the 6E chipset. During testing, the Extreme saw a maximum download speed of 1.7 Gbps, which is close to the AP4000’s maximum possible throughput. Future tests will be conducted as new devices with 6e chipsets hit the market, including augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) devices that will enable immersive classroom experiences and provide new ways for teachers and students to interact. will do.

Wi-Fi 6e connection speeds demonstrated during testing will enable IPV to enhance its offerings for immersive hybrid learning, which is fast becoming a more popular option for students in Europe. IPV is a technology-driven university, and Wi-Fi 6e will enable it to increase the use of technology for students on and off campus, giving them the skills they need to land a job after graduation. Additionally, IPV provides regional Wi-Fi for Weizu Municipality, and Wi-Fi 6e will ensure that it has the necessary bandwidth to provide connectivity for students and local citizens who need to use it. .

IPV, WBA OpenRoaming . It is also the first organization in Portugal to participate inEnables students, teachers, and other users on campus to automatically connect to high-speed, secure, carrier-grade Wi-Fi 6 networks, both indoors and outdoors, without experiencing disruption to their wireless network connections makes. wba open roaming The IPV ensures seamless handoff from cellular networks to Wi-Fi, while ensuring seamless connectivity for users on campus.

During testing, IPV students had no problems transferring between the OpenRoaming network and the Wi-Fi 6E network. IPV is currently exploring the possibility of using OpenRoaming to seamlessly integrate its Wi-Fi 6E network with cellular networks.

Tiago Rodrigues, CEO of the Wireless Broadband Alliancesaid: “This test shows how WBA OpenRoaming and Wi-Fi 6E are ideal for providing the immersive, interactive learning experiences of the future of higher education. Whether they’re all in the same classroom or spread across an IPV campus, Wi-Fi 6e ensures that faculty and students alike will enjoy reliable, high-quality experiences even with the most demanding applications, including 8K video and AR/VR.”

Luis Almeida, Senior Network Administrator, Institut Politecnico de Viseusaid: “Having a Wi-Fi 6e network on campus will open the door for us to increase the use of emerging technology in the classroom. We can make our laboratories more efficient, increasing the resources we use provide students online, and ensure that students have the same learning experience, whether in the classroom or consuming lessons remotely.As we roll out Wi-Fi 6E across our campus We know that our students, teachers, and everyone who joins our network will immediately see the benefits of being able to connect to a new, clean spectrum.

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David Coleman, Director of Wireless Networking in the CTO Office, Extreme NetworksSaid: “Wi-Fi 6e is a much bigger step forward in wireless connectivity than many think because we have now opened up 6 GHz of spectrum, which will enable more devices to connect to the network while maintaining peak performance. IPV is a game-changer for higher education organizations like this one, as it will enable them to incorporate 8K video into the classroom, augmented reality, remote guest speaker broadcasts, and much more.As the student population grows and teachers grow through technology As we strive to make learning experiences more impactful, Wi-Fi 6e will be key to enabling this growth, while ensuring that every student has a consistent, high-performance experience.”

Gabriel Desjardins, Marketing Director, Wireless Connectivity and Communications Division, Broadcom Inc.said: “We’ve been champions of Wi-Fi 6E since its inception and are excited to see the first of many tests using Broadcom-based access points and smartphones. Wi-Fi 6E gives people connectivity performance Which is second to none and will help in changing the way students learn.

Carlos Cordeiro PhD, Intel Fellow and Wireless CTO, Client Computing Group, Intel Corporationsaid: “We are more dependent on Wi-Fi than ever before, and great connectivity is essential for everyday communication, collaboration and entertainment, especially in an educational environment. We participated in this WBA test with industry partners at Intel We’ve shown together how Wi-Fi 6e’s superior speed, latency and capability using 6 GHz, with the convenience of frictionless WBA OpenRoaming, is at home, in the classroom, and more across the globe. can help transform user experiences for people and devices. Campus.”

JM Choi, Corporate VP and MX Business, Head of Connectivity R&D Group at Samsung Electronics. This is also an important step towards widespread adoption of the 6e. We have seen a glimpse of a future where Galaxy users can navigate their busy lives knowing that their connection is incredibly seamless – enhanced high-speed service And with lower latency to stream videos, access to valuable resources, and much more. Thanks to this initiative, mobile innovation has gone a step further. Most importantly, it is more convenient for users to interact on mobile. and profitably. This is the beginning of a new paradigm for wireless experiences.”

About the Wireless Broadband Alliance
The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) is the global organization that connects people with the latest Wi-Fi initiatives. Established in 2003, the Vision of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) is to provide a seamless, interoperable service experience via Wi-Fi within the global wireless ecosystem. WBA’s mission is to enable collaboration between service providers, technology companies, cities, regulators and organizations to achieve that vision. WBA’s membership includes leading operators, identity providers and leading technology companies in the Wi-Fi ecosystem with a shared vision.

The WBA conducts programs and activities to address business and technical issues as well as opportunities for member companies. WBA work areas include standards development, industry guidelines, testing, certification and advocacy. Its flagship programs include NextGen Wi-Fi, OpenRoaming, 5G, IoT, Testing & Interoperability and Policy & Regulatory Affairs, with member-led working groups to promote end-to-end services and accelerate business opportunities Dedicated to solving standards and technical issues.

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