WBA is trialling PoC for Wi-Fi 6E at a major campus in Europe

The Wireless Broadband Alliance Announce a successful proof-of-concept experiment for Wi-Fi 6E On a large university campus in Europe.

The experience showcases the unique 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 that Wi-Fi 6E had been tested on a network connected to a WBA OpenRoaming™, which enables a seamless transition between cellular and Wi-Fi networks.

The experiment was conducted at the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu (IPV) in Portugal and is a milestone towards 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 trial was a collaboration between IPV, Broadcom, Extreme Networks, Intel and Samsung. It covers a variety of bandwidth-intensive and latency-sensitive video use cases in a high-density environment, including:

8K video feed over Wi-Fi 6E, using a Wi-Fi 6E-enabled device as the streaming platform. Scenarios included remote teaching using HD video in the classroom and simultaneous student access to HD and 8K videos for remote learning.

– Fast delivery of roaming between mobile networks and Wi-Fi networks, allowing users to seamlessly stay connected as they move on and off campus without impacting performance, no matter how many users are on the network.

Access to online classroom resources for distance learning, ensuring students are able to access and interact with the same resources simultaneously without buffering or increasing lag times.

In this experiment, Extreme deployed four of its AP4000 Access Points in a 1,400 square meter venue used by IPV to host on-campus events. Broadcom, Intel, and Samsung introduced laptops, smartphones, and tablets with 6E chips to power the experiments. During the experiment, Extreme noticed a maximum download speed of 1.7 Gbps, which is close to the maximum throughput possible for the AP4000. Future experiments will take place as new devices with 6E chips come to market, including augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) devices that will enable immersive classroom experiences and provide faculty and students with new ways to interact.

The speed of the Wi-Fi 6E connection demonstrated during the trial will enable IPV to increase its offering of immersive hybrid learning, which is fast becoming a more popular choice for students in Europe. IPV is a technology-driven university, and Wi-Fi 6E will enable it to increase its use of technology for students on and off campus, giving them the skills needed to land a job after graduation. In addition, IPV provides regional Wi-Fi for the municipality of Viseu, and Wi-Fi 6E will ensure that it has the necessary bandwidth to offer connectivity to students and local citizens who need to use it.

IPV is also the first institution in Portugal to participate in WBA OpenRoaming, which enables students, teachers, and other users on campus to automatically connect to a high-speed, secure carrier-class Wi-Fi 6 network wherever they are, indoors and outdoors, without experiencing a connection drop. their wireless network. WBA OpenRoaming ensures seamless transitions from cellular to Wi-Fi, ensuring uninterrupted connectivity for users on the IPV campus.

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

Thiago Rodriguez, CEO of the Wireless Broadband Alliance
This experience shows how WBA OpenRoaming and Wi-Fi 6E are ideal for delivering the kinds of immersive interactive learning experiences that represent the future of higher education. Whether they’re all in the same classroom or scattered across the IPV campus, Wi-Fi 6E ensures faculty and students have the same reliable, high-quality experiences even with the most demanding applications, including 8K video and AR/VR.

Luis Almeida, Senior Network Director of the Visual Political Institute
Having Wi-Fi 6E on campus will open the door for us to increase our use of emerging technology in the classroom. We can make our labs more inclusive, increase the resources we offer students online, and ensure students get the same learning experience whether they are in the classroom or consuming lessons remotely. Once we can roll out Wi-Fi 6E throughout our entire campus, we know our students, teachers, and everyone else who connects to our network will immediately see the benefits of being able to connect to a new, clean spectrum.

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