Comcast was an early investor in Plume and in addition Plume’s first main buyer in the USA. Comcast makes use of Plume’s software program as a part of its Wi-Fi mesh providing. The software program rides on Comcast’s xFi Pods and helps get rid of residential Wi-Fi useless spots. It additionally offers safety, parental controls, and entry controls for every linked system. It might probably additionally prioritize units and optimize the Wi-Fi visitors within the dwelling.

Plume targets its Wi-Fi platform to service suppliers, and at present Plume mentioned it has greater than 150 service supplier clients, together with Constitution, Bell Canada and Liberty International. Plume’s software program powers greater than 20 million households around the globe and is presently averaging about 1 million new dwelling activations every month, at an accelerating fee.

When a service supplier deploys Plume’s software program, all the Wi-Fi enabled units in a buyer’s dwelling turn into linked to the Plume Cloud by way of Plume’s OpenSync software program. 

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The software program was created by Plume, however because it’s open supply it could be modified by any programmer, and that code could be contributed again to the neighborhood. Plume offers a hardened model of OpenSync for its clients and integrates it with their {hardware}.

“We’re utterly {hardware} agnostic,” mentioned Plume’s CEO Fahri Diner. “We have now decoupled our companies from the underlying {hardware}.”

At present, 25 million OpenSync-integrated entry factors have been deployed.

The altering Wi-Fi panorama

Dinar spoke with Fierce about all of the adjustments the Wi-Fi ecosystem is presently seeing, together with competitors from non-service-providers, the opening up of the 6 GHz band, and new units particularly designed for that spectrum.

He mentioned Wi-Fi has historically been provided by service suppliers who join properties with wired broadband. However hyperscalers equivalent to Google and Amazon are pushing their means into properties with good audio system. “Their angle is to go on to the buyer,” mentioned Dinar. “They don’t imagine they need to personal the pipe. We nonetheless suppose 80% of shoppers in the USA and Canada desire companies from an excellent outdated ISP.”

One other change within the Wi-Fi ecosystem is the potential boon of extra unlicensed spectrum.

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The Federal Communications Fee is urgent ahead with its plans to liberate 1,200 megahertz of spectrum within the 6 GHz band for unlicensed companies equivalent to Wi-Fi. And the FCC is more likely to prevail, particularly since Covid has accentuated the crucial want for good Wi-Fi within the dwelling for everybody to proceed to work and study.

Requested what he considered the prospect of extra spectrum for Wi-Fi, Dinar mentioned, “6 GHz is implausible. It’s a great point for us within the Wi-Fi area. The larger the spectrum, the extra capability we are able to present. The Wi-Fi business loves this extra spectrum.”

The one units that will likely be working within the 6 GHz band will likely be Wi-Fi 6 units, that are designated as “Wi-Fi 6E” after they’re utilized in that exact band.

“6 GHz is a special band, a brand new freeway for us,” mentioned Dinar. “It’s a must to be talking in that frequency band. In case you’re in 6 GHz, each the shopper and entry level units need to be on similar freeway.”

The 6 GHz alternative has put a variety of emphasis on Wi-Fi, however nothing prohibits licensed operators from utilizing the 6 GHz band as nicely, both for Wi-Fi offload or 5G.

RELATED: Verizon aims to test 6 GHz devices with multiple suppliers

In July, Verizon filed an utility with the FCC for Particular Non permanent Authority to conduct exams with a number of distributors of 6 GHz merchandise.