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EE partners with Qualcomm on Wi-Fi 7 home broadband technology for UK consumers

September 21, 2023

Posted by: Shriya Raban

Marc Allera of EE

EE has unveiled its vision for customer centric home broadband service with the partnership with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. EE will roll out new in-home hardware in the future that will feature Qualcomm Wi-Fi 7 platforms as part of its ongoing plans. This will deliver home connectivity to consumers across the UK.

Existing Wi-Fi standards such as Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6 offer an experience for consumers, with EE’s router to date – the EE Smart Hub Plus, offering Wi-Fi 6 as standard. However, in the coming years technology use is expected evolve. Fuelled by multi-gigabit full fibre broadband, services such as cloud gaming, AR/VR (augmented reality / virtual reality) and 4K/8K video streaming alongside the average home doubling the number of Wi-Fi connected devices in the next five years we will see the demands on the in-home network continue to increase driving the requirement for new enhanced in-home solutions.

Backed by the experience of BT R&D teams at Adastral Park, as brand for the consumer Group, EE continues to review new technologies for hardware, software and services it can offer consumers in the future. As a result, EE can ensure customers receive the same experience in the years to come.

Further to the companies long standing collaboration in the mobile space, EE has joined forces with Qualcomm Technologies, to expand this collaboration into the home with Wi-Fi 7 generation offerings bringing advanced wireless and service management capabilities. EE’s home broadband router will feature Qualcomm Wi-Fi 7 platforms which will enhance the Wi-Fi experience.

Wi-Fi 7 brings a number of new and important features such as using the extra 6GHz channel with 320 MHz channel bandwidth. Additionally, it introduces Multi-Link Operation, enabling data transmission over multiple bands simultaneously, and 4K QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation), offering a substantial up to 20% boost in peak data transmission performance.

Overall, this will allow EE customers to benefit from multi-gigabit Wi-Fi throughout the home with faster speed, less interference, more capacity and better performance to support the many high-bandwidth activities of the future and providing them with choice based on their needs.

EE home broadband customers will be amongst the first in the world to get access to the next generation of Wi-Fi, with the first EE Wi-Fi 7 router due to launch in 2024.

Marc Allera, CEO, EE, “We have a long history of collaborating with Qualcomm Technologies to create innovation in mobile for consumers so we’re delighted to evolve this strategic collaboration into our in-home products for the first time. EE broadband customers will be among the first globally to benefit from access to a certified next-gen Wi-Fi 7 home hub – providing them with the cutting-edge of innovation in connectivity.”

Cristiano Amon, CEO, Qualcomm Incorporated “We’re very proud to partner with one of the leading innovators in this industry to drive the transition to next generation broadband technology. Expanding our collaboration beyond 5G to include our leading-edge Wi-Fi 7 platform is further evidence of our mutual and long-term commitment to transforming the ways UK consumers work, learn, connect and are entertained.”

Further detail on EE’s Wi-Fi 7 next-gen home broadband Smart Hub will be announced closer to launch.

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