Lumen Technologies today launched a Wi-Fi 7-capable device that will soon be available to its Quantum Fiber customers. It is collaborating with MediaTek and its consolidated entity, Airoha, as well as AXON Networks on the product. The company expects to release the product in selected markets later this year.
Lumen said it is the first internet service provider to offer an in-house developed Wi-Fi 7 device. The device will offer faster speeds, lower latency, higher capacity, better reliability, and enhanced security over current devices, Lumen described.
In comparison with Wi-Fi 6, which used MU-MIMO and eight antennas, Wi-Fi 7 will handle 16 antennas, “opening the door” for coordinated MU-MIMO (CMU-MIMO), potentially enabling access points to have a tighter coordination beyond just roaming. Capabilities are designed to support applications such as virtual reality, industrial connectivity, 8K video and online gaming.
“Offering Wi-Fi 7 to our Quantum Fiber customers is another major step in our goal to offer the fastest, most reliable, and most secure Wi-Fi service in the industry,” Maxine Moreau, Lumen president of mass markets, said in a prepared statement. “In our fast-paced and connected world, we know that securing a lightning-fast and reliable connection is our customer’s number one priority, and we’re proud to be at the cutting-edge of innovation in Wi-Fi connectivity.”
More details about the Wi-Fi 7 device, its features, pricing and availability will be available in the coming months.