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5G vs. Wi-Fi: Verizon says cellular will win

Verizon’s long-term strategy is to make mobile 5G a Wi-Fi killer. While analysts don’t see that happening this decade, it is technically possible for the next-generation wireless technology to drive Wi-Fi into obsolescence.

Ronan Dunne, CEO of Verizon Consumer Group, recently entered the ongoing 5G vs. Wi-Fi tech debate when he predicted the latter’s demise. Dunne said his company’s upcoming 5G service would eventually make high-speed internet connectivity ubiquitous for its customers.

“In the world of 5G millimeter wave deployment, we don’t see the need for Wi-Fi in the future,” Dunne told attendees at a Citigroup global technology conference in Las Vegas.

Today, the millimeter wave (MM wave) spectrum used to transmit 5G signals is often blocked by physical objects like buildings and trees, making service unreliable. Verizon believes its engineers can circumvent those limitations within 5 to 7 years, bringing 5G wireless broadband to its 150 million customers.

Most analysts agree that Wi-Fi will remain the preferred technology for indoor wireless networking through the current decade. Beyond that, it’s technically possible for 5G services to start eroding Wi-Fi’s market dominance, particularly as the number of 5G mobile and IoT devices rises over the next several years.

“If the CEO of a major cellular carrier says something, I will take that seriously,” said Craig Mathias, principal analyst at Farpoint Group. “He could be dead wrong over the long run, but, technically, it could work.”

As an alternative to Wi-Fi, Verizon could offer small mobile base stations, such as specially designed picocells and femtocells, to carry 5G signals from the office and home to the carrier’s small cell base stations placed on buildings, lampposts or poles. The small cells would send traffic to the carriers’ core network.

Early uses for 5G

Initially, 5G could become a better option for specific uses. Examples include sports stadiums that have an atypically high number of mobile devices accessing the internet at the same time. That type of situation requires a massive expenditure in Wi-Fi gear and software that could prove more expensive than 5G technology, said Brandon Butler, an analyst at IDC.

Another better-than-Wi-Fi use for 5G would be in a manufacturing facility. Those locations often have machinery that needs an ultra-low latency connection in an area where a radio signal is up against considerable interference, Butler said.

Nevertheless, Butler stops short of predicting a 5G-only world, advising enterprises to plan for a hybrid world instead. They should look to Wi-Fi and 5G as the best indoor and outdoor technology, respectively.

“The real takeaway point here is that enterprises should plan for a hybrid world into the future,” Butler said.

Ultimately, how far 5G goes in replacing Wi-Fi will depend on whether the expense of switching is justified by reducing overall costs and receiving unique services. To displace Wi-Fi, 5G will have to do much more than match its speed.

“It’ll come down to cost and economics, and the cost and economics do not work when the performance is similar,” said Rajesh Ghai, an analyst at IDC.

Today, Wi-Fi provides a relatively easy upgrade path. That’s because, collectively, businesses have already spent billions of dollars over the years on Wi-Fi access points, routers, security and management tools. They have also hired the IT staff to operate the system.

Verizon 5G Home

While stressing the importance of mobile 5G vs. Wi-Fi, Dunne lowered expectations for the fixed wireless 5G service for the home that the carrier launched in 2018. Verizon expected it’s 5G Home service to eventually compete with the TV and internet services provided by cable companies.

Today, 5G Home, which is available in parts of five metropolitan markets, has taken a backseat to Verizon’s mobile 5G buildout. “It’s very much a mobility strategy with a secondary product of home,” Dunne said.

Ghai of IDC was not surprised that Verizon would lower expectations for 5G Home. Delivering the service nationwide would have required spending vast amounts of money to blanket neighborhoods with small cells.

Verizon likely didn’t see enough interest for 5G Home among consumers to justify the cost, Ghai said. “It probably hasn’t lived up to the promise.”

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For Sale – TP-link hubs and wifi setup many items will split…

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I have broken down my wifi setup and looking for the BT home whole home.. so i have the following that will be gathering dust…

TP link Archer VR900 AC1900 witless dual band gigabit VDSL/ADSL modem Router In Black..bought from currys about a year ago.. £60

TP link TD-W9980 N600 witless Dual Band Gigabit VDSL2 Modem Router In Black .. About three years old.. £40

TP-Link AC1350 Wi-Fi Dual Band Gigabit Ceiling Mount Access Point, MU-MIMO, Support 802.3af/at/Passive PoE, Easily Mount to Wall or Ceiling In White.. Bought Amazon in July this year.. £55 SOLD OFF FORUM

TP-link TL-WA801ND 300mps Witless N Access point In White Currys about a year ago… £25 SOLD ZUB

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For Sale – TP-link hubs and wifi setup many items will split…

IMG_0884.JPG

I have broken down my wifi setup and looking for the BT home whole home.. so i have the following that will be gathering dust…

TP link Archer VR900 AC1900 witless dual band gigabit VDSL/ADSL modem Router In Black..bought from currys about a year ago.. £60

TP link TD-W9980 N600 witless Dual Band Gigabit VDSL2 Modem Router In Black .. About three years old.. £40

TP-Link AC1350 Wi-Fi Dual Band Gigabit Ceiling Mount Access Point, MU-MIMO, Support 802.3af/at/Passive PoE, Easily Mount to Wall or Ceiling In White.. Bought Amazon in July this year.. £55 SOLD OFF FORUM

TP-link TL-WA801ND 300mps Witless N Access point In White Currys about a year ago… £25 SOLD ZUB

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For Sale – TP-link hubs and wifi setup many items will split…

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I have broken down my wifi setup and looking for the BT home whole home.. so i have the following that will be gathering dust…

TP link Archer VR900 AC1900 witless dual band gigabit VDSL/ADSL modem Router In Black..bought from currys about a year ago.. £65

TP link TD-W9980 N600 witless Dual Band Gigabit VDSL2 Modem Router In Black .. About three years old.. £45

TP-Link AC1350 Wi-Fi Dual Band Gigabit Ceiling Mount Access Point, MU-MIMO, Support 802.3af/at/Passive PoE, Easily Mount to Wall or Ceiling In White.. Bought Amazon in July this year.. £55

TP-link TL-WA801ND 300mps Witless N Access point In White Currys about a year ago… £25 SOLD ZUB

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Wanted – i5 4th gen/ i7 4th gen gaming pc

I’ve got a Dell XPS i7 4770 with, 16Gb 128Gb SSD, Wi-fi and B/tooth and a choice of GPU. I have a 4Gb RX560, 2Gb GTX 960, 6Gb GTX1060 or a 8Gb GTX 1070. It also has a small HD in for data and games.

It runs great and is driving my 4K TV for some casual gaming. It’s very rarely used as I have another gaming rig.

let me know which GPU you fancy and I’m sure we can do a deal.

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Wanted – i5 4th gen/ i7 4th gen gaming pc

I’ve got a Dell XPS i7 4770 with, 16Gb 128Gb SSD, Wi-fi and B/tooth and a choice of GPU. I have a 4Gb RX560, 2Gb GTX 960, 6Gb GTX1060 or a 8Gb GTX 1070. It also has a small HD in for data and games.

It runs great and is driving my 4K TV for some casual gaming. It’s very rarely used as I have another gaming rig.

let me know which GPU you fancy and I’m sure we can do a deal.

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Wanted – i5 4th gen/ i7 4th gen gaming pc

I’ve got a Dell XPS i7 4770 with, 16Gb 128Gb SSD, Wi-fi and B/tooth and a choice of GPU. I have a 4Gb RX560, 2Gb GTX 960, 6Gb GTX1060 or a 8Gb GTX 1070. It also has a small HD in for data and games.

It runs great and is driving my 4K TV for some casual gaming. It’s very rarely used as I have another gaming rig.

let me know which GPU you fancy and I’m sure we can do a deal.

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Wanted – i5 4th gen/ i7 4th gen gaming pc

I’ve got a Dell XPS i7 4770 with, 16Gb 128Gb SSD, Wi-fi and B/tooth and a choice of GPU. I have a 4Gb RX560, 2Gb GTX 960, 6Gb GTX1060 or a 8Gb GTX 1070. It also has a small HD in for data and games.

It runs great and is driving my 4K TV for some casual gaming. It’s very rarely used as I have another gaming rig.

let me know which GPU you fancy and I’m sure we can do a deal.

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Wi-Fi Certified 6 launches new era for wireless connectivity

The next generation of Wi-Fi, originally known as 802.11ax, but now branded as Wi-Fi Certified 6, is ready for broad deployment.

The Wi-Fi Alliance has made public the availability of the Wi-Fi Certified 6 certification program that aims to qualify and help ensure that devices are compliant and interoperable with the new Wi-Fi standard. Among the numerous benefits that Wi-Fi 6 promises are boosted capacity and bandwidth speeds as well as improved energy efficiency over previous Wi-Fi standards.

“Wi-Fi 6 is most definitely a game-changer technology,” said Abel Nevarez, an analyst at IHS Markit Technology. “Not only will it increase capacity, interoperability and efficiency, but it’ll also make Wi-Fi access more secure, which will allow for new and innovative monetization schemes.”

Nevarez added that the Wi-Fi Alliance’s Sept. 16 rollout of the certification program is a big milestone for getting Wi-Fi Certified 6 handsets and routers into the hands of data-hungry consumers.

Why Wi-Fi Certified 6 matters

The certification itself is important because it helps guarantee that there will be a certain base level of interoperability among devices and infrastructures, said Anshel Sag, an analyst with Moor Insights and Strategy.

The IEEE 802.11ax standard that Wi-Fi Certified 6 is based on has many features, but not everyone will implement them all, Sag noted. The result could be interoperability problems, so by creating a minimum spec and certain set of interoperability expectations, the Wi-Fi Alliance has created a certification that helps both consumers and businesses.

Kevin Robinson, vice president of marketing for the Wi-Fi Alliance, noted that his organization had been working for many years on the certification effort leading up the formal rollout on Sept. 16.

Wi-Fi 6 is most definitely a game-changer technology.
Abel NevarezAnalyst, IHS Markit Technology

Robinson noted that Wi-Fi Alliance certification programs supporting new generations of Wi-Fi, are generally announced every five to seven years. The last was Wi-Fi Certified ac in 2013, which supported the IEEE 802.11ac standard.

He said that certification typically serves as an inflection point for industry adoption of a technology.

“We expect service providers, both fixed and mobile, to deploy the technology and expect users will very soon begin seeing the benefits of the technology, which includes 4x capacity and speeds of Wi-Fi 5,” Robinson said.

Wi-Fi Certified 6 in the enterprise

Meanwhile, one of the main advantages of Wi-Fi 6 is the improved efficiency of the Wi-Fi medium — that’s the reason why the standard uses the term High Efficiency, or HE, according to Anil Gupta, co-founder and CTO of Wi-Fi assurance vendor Wyebot, based in Marlborough, Mass.

Places that would benefit from Wi-Fi 6 are high-density areas like a cafeterias, stadiums and auditoriums. Other workspaces within an enterprise may not necessarily have the density of people or enough people or Wi-Fi devices to justify a full rip-and-replace upgrade to access points with Wi-Fi 6 technology.

“The most common applications within enterprises and different verticals that may require high-speed performance are video and web-conferencing,” Gupta said. “However, the speeds offered by 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) are more than enough to support such applications.”

In the view of Abhijit Sunil, a Forrester analyst, Wi-Fi Certified 6 will open up many use cases that can benefit from more reliable and faster connections, especially in closed spaces that were attributed or similar to those touted for 5G — such as office collaboration spaces and smart homes.

“Wi-Fi 6 will in no way replace 5G, but this milestone enables many use cases to be tested and when 5G matures in the near future, to complement high-speed connectivity to the internet,” Sunil said.

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Meraki Go offers channel new small-business Wi-Fi market

Meraki Go, a newly launched small-businesses Wi-Fi offering, will give channel partners an edge with customers who were previously out of reach.

That’s the expectation of Cisco Meraki, Cisco’s division that focuses on wireless LAN, cloud-managed switches and other products. Meraki Go offers indoor and outdoor wireless access points, a Meraki Go app for managing the wireless network, and a subscription for support and security updates.

Kevin Rezai, Meraki Go global sales lead at Cisco Meraki, said the Wi-Fi product is built for small-business organizations with fewer than 50 employees. He also noted a possible “sub-niche” of organizations with fewer than 20 employees.

Small-business owners are in a bit of bind when it comes to Wi-Fi, according to Cisco Meraki research. On the one hand, many small businesses tend to get by with consumer-grade Wi-Fi products. A Cisco Meraki survey of 1,000 small-business owners found 43% use the same Wi-Fi offering in their offices that they use in their homes.

But on the other hand, an enterprise-class Wi-Fi product may not prove viable because of the required IT support. More than 80% of the respondents said they lack a full-time IT resource.

The crux is a lot of the Wi-Fi solutions today don’t meet the needs of small businesses.
Kevin RezaiMeraki Go global sales lead at Cisco Meraki

“The crux is a lot of the Wi-Fi solutions today don’t meet the needs of small businesses,” Rezai said.

Pricing is another consideration in the small-businesses Wi-Fi space. Meraki Go aims to lower the price point to make the technology more accessible. An indoor access point is priced at $129, compared with around $600 for the low end of Meraki’s enterprise Wi-Fi access point.

The more affordable price point enables partners to “address their customers in a way they haven’t been able to before,” Rezai said.

Kaseya committed to ‘one-stop-shop’ strategy

IT management vendor Kaseya shared plans to further expand its software platform for managed services providers (MSPs) through yet-to-be-announced acquisitions.

Kaseya’s platform, IT Complete, currently offers a broad suite of integrated MSP products, including remote monitoring and management, professional services automation, and security software.

This past year, Kaseya added backup and disaster recovery software to its portfolio through a buyout of Unitrends. And this week, the vendor purchased RapidFire Tools, a managed services software provider that will operate as independent business under Kaseya. The company provides assessment, internal threat detection and compliance products.

In a recent podcast by market research firm The 2112 Group, Kaseya CEO Fred Voccola revealed more acquisitions to augment the IT Complete platform are on the way.

“I think two of the three announcements that we are going to make are really going to send positive shock waves through the MSP community,” Voccola said in The 2112 Group’s podcast about the upcoming acquisitions.

Voccola said Kaseya is committed to its strategy of becoming a one-stop shop for MSPs — versus a provider of a point product that MSPs can stitch together with other vendors’ products — because the approach meets the needs of how MSPs operates today.

In MSP organizations, a technician typically has multiple functions, which may range from configuration and network management to backup and even service desk work, he said. As result, technicians want a comprehensible “product, one that is deep enough to do what they need to do in the time they need to do it.”

Point products, meanwhile, are more suitable for enterprise IT departments, which usually dedicate entire teams to single functions, Voccola noted. For example, an enterprise IT department might have 500 people focused only on network management, while another 200 do only backup and disaster recovery, he said.

“So much of the tooling and the infrastructure management products [enterprise IT departments] use are frameworks that they have customized substantially with their own internal development teams to augment [and] add company-specific functionality,” he said.

“What is more important [for MSPs] is they accomplish their objective and their task in the quickest, most efficient way possible, and they can move in and out of five or six different functional groups at a fraction of the cost, because that’s what their customers are demanding from them,” Voccola said.

SUSE schools SAP Business One resellers in Linux

SUSE, an open source software provider based in Nuremberg, Germany, has trained 500 SAP partners in an effort to push SAP HANA to more midmarket customers.

The joint SAP-SUSE program focuses on SAP Business One resellers. Business One is an ERP system for small and midsize businesses that grew up in the Windows environment, but now it also runs on SAP HANA and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Dirk Oppenkowski, global alliance director for SAP at SUSE, said SAP aims to gradually move its customer base to Linux and HANA.

As part of the SAP-SUSE program, about 2,500 individuals from the 500 partners went through SUSE’s training academy to become familiar with Linux, Oppenkowski said.

In addition to training, the program also provides profit sharing via deal registration rebates and access to the SUSE Installation Wizard. That tool lets partners deploy SAP Business One running on SAP HANA with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, according to SUSE.

The vast majority of the 500 Business One resellers participating in the program are net-new partners for SUSE. Oppenkowski said, in the past, Business One resellers have been mainly Windows and SQL Server partners. The result is little overlap with SUSE’s reseller channel, he added.

The midmarket program is an offshoot of an ongoing relationship between SUSE and SAP that goes back about seven years.

Other news

  • Security vendor Netwrix Corp. unveiled a technical certification program for its Netwrix Auditor software platform. The Partner Technical Certification Program is designed for technical teams at MSPs, value-added resellers and distributor partners, Netwrix said. By completing online training, partner engineers can achieve two levels of Netwrix Engineer certification: Certified and Pro.
  • ConnectWise is taking applications for a business-expansion idea contest and a merger-and-acquisition matchmaking event. The business-expansion contest, dubbed Pitch IT, offers the first-place winner up to $100,000 to execute its business plan. Runners-up will receive $50,000 and $25,000. ConnectWise’s M&A Deal Crawl event, meanwhile, will bring a number of qualified buyers and sellers together for an in-person meeting Nov. 8 at the IT Nation Connect conference in Orlando, Fla.
  • Broadvoice, a provider of hosted voice, unified communications and SIP trunking services, introduced its Public Sector Program. Through the program, partners can receive help for targeting government, education and nonprofit markets. Partner resources include training, marketing collateral, lead sharing, request-for-proposal tools and technical response assistance, Broadvoice said.
  • Unified Office Inc., an MSP focusing on communications services and business analytics, has launched an offering for the dental industry. The company’s Total Connect Now Dental Management Suite is a voice communications system that integrates with dental practice management software platforms, such as Dentrix, Open Dental and Eaglesoft.
  • Cloud distributor Pax8 has named Ken Patterson as its director of community. Patterson joins Pax8 from Techevolution, a Boston-based MSP, where he served as executive vice president. In his new role, Patterson will oversee Pax8’s community outreach program, partner relationships, and MSPs’ access to education, tools and support, the distributor said.
  • Commvault, a backup and recovery vendor based in Tinton Falls, N.J., has appointed Wenceslao Lada as vice president of worldwide alliances.

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