WBA Conducts PoC Trial of Wi-Fi 6E at Major University Campus in Europe

The Wireless Broadband Alliance announced a successful proof-of-concept trial of Wi-Fi 6E on a major university campus in Europe.

The trial showcases the unique ability of Extreme Networks’ AP4000 Wi-Fi 6E Access Point to enable immersive and interactive learning experiences, including 8K video. It was also the first time Wi-Fi 6E was tested on a network connected to WBA Open Roaming™, which enables seamless transfer between cellular and Wi-Fi networks.

Conducted at the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu (IPV) in Portugal, the trial is an important step towards a full rollout that will give faculty and students new options for interacting with online resources like video, both in class and remotely. The trial was a collaboration between IPV, Broadcom, Extreme Networks, Intel and Samsung. It covered a wide variety of bandwidth-intensive and latency-sensitive video use cases in a high-density environment, including:

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

– Fast handoff for roaming between mobile and Wi-Fi networks, allowing users to seamlessly stay connected as they roam on and off campus without impacting performance, regardless of the number of users on the network.

– Access to online classroom resources for remote learning, ensuring students can simultaneously access and interact with the same resources without buffering or increased latency.

For this trial, Extreme deployed four of its AP4000 access points in a 1,400 square meter venue that IPV uses to host on-campus events. Broadcom, Intel and Samsung provided laptops, smartphones and tablets equipped with 6E chipsets to run the trials. During the test, Extreme observed a maximum download speed of 1.7 Gbps, which is close to the maximum possible throughput of the AP4000. Future trials will be conducted as new devices with 6E chipsets hit the 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 6E Wi-Fi connection speed demonstrated in the trial will allow IPV to increase its immersive hybrid learning offerings, which is rapidly becoming a more popular option for students in Europe. IPV is a tech-focused university, and Wi-Fi 6E will allow it to increase its use of technology for students on and off campus, giving them the skills to get jobs 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 provide connectivity to students and local citizens who need it.

IPV is also the first organization in Portugal to participate in WBA OpenRoaming, which allows students, teachers and other users on campus to automatically connect to a high-speed, secure and carrier-grade Wi-Fi 6 network wherever they go. found, inside and outside. outside, without having their connection to the wireless network interrupted. WBA OpenRoaming provides seamless transfers from cellular networks to Wi-Fi, ensuring uninterrupted connectivity for users on campus IPV.

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

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

Luís Almeida, Senior Network Administrator, Instituto Politécnico de Viseu
Having a 6E Wi-Fi network on campus will open the door for us to increase our use of emerging technologies in the classroom. We can make our labs more immersive, increase the resources we offer online students, and ensure students have the same learning experience whether they’re in class or taking courses remotely. As soon as we are able to deploy Wi-Fi 6E across our campus, we know that our students, teachers and anyone who connects to our network will immediately see the benefits of being able to connect in a new, clean spectrum. .

Norma A. Roth