Ruckus Networks debuts Wi-Fi 6 in Africa

phone 1582893 640Ruckus Networks, now part of CommScope through acquisition, has completed its first use case in Africa at the Fourth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) in Nairobi, Kenya

Wi-Fi 6, also known as 802.11ax and the latest generation of Wi-Fi, bridges the performance gap to deliver at 10-gigabit speeds.

The new standard enables faster network performance by connecting more devices simultaneously, transitioning Wi-Fi to de-facto for internet connectivity.

The company delivered the Wi-Fi 6 experience with its R730 access points.

Riaan Graham, sales director for Ruckus Networks sub-Saharan Africa, said, “Wi-Fi has transitioned through six generations over the last 25 years, where speed and efficiency have improved tremendously.”

“The latest sixth-generation Wi-Fi, based on the 802.11ax standard, not only supports a maximum data rate of nearly 10 Gbps for better speed but will provide better performance in congested areas—from stadiums and city deployments to your own device-packed home,” he added.

“This was clearly seen with the speed and performance achieved at UNEA-4, with 50 Ruckus APs supporting approximately 733GB for more than 4700 clients with an average speed of 105.9Mbps each day,” he stated.

Wi-Fi 6 is essentially designed for IoT – a future-oriented upgrade that can be costly and difficult to manage. Moreover, this technology showed a four-fold increase in capacity, along with improved security.

“Bridging the gap between insatiable demand and performance is critical and Wi-Fi 6 will bring about a profound change in the industry. In fact, analyst firm IDC expects to see Wi-Fi 6 deployments ramping up significantly in 2019 – becoming the dominant enterprise Wi-Fi standard by 2021 – and we are well-positioned to take advantage of these trends,” concluded Graham.

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