As providers increasingly offer multi-gigabit speeds to customers, they need to make sure their Wi-Fi equipment can keep pace. Wi-Fi 7 technology enables them to do that and was a big driver in Frontier Communications’ decision to offer a Wi-Fi 7 router to its fiber customers.
The company said its customers are demanding fast speeds and reliable Wi-Fi as they subscribe to higher-speed services. Frontier will use mesh Wi-Fi 7 equipment from eero, an Amazon company.
“This is about enabling our customers to take full advantage of our fiber internet in every corner of their homes so that they can do even more, faster — things like remote work and online learning to telehealth and gaming,” said John Harrobin, Frontier’s executive vice president of consumer.
Frontier said the Wi-Fi equipment can support speeds up to 10 Gbps in order to “optimize customers’ Wi-Fi experience.” It achieves this by routing data through the fastest path in the network and limiting interference, said Frontier in its announcement about the roll-out which will begin next week and follow into 2024.
Frontier has worked with eero in the past. In 2021 the companies announced a deal for Frontier to offer eero’s Pro 6 Wi-Fi equipment to new fiber-optic customers.
Frontier’s announcement comes less than a month after Lumen Technologies announced a Wi-Fi 7-capable device that will soon be available to its Quantum Fiber customers. Lumen is collaborating with MediaTek and its consolidated entity, Airoha, as well as AXON Networks on the offering.
Laura Stepanek contributed to this report