20 Vol. 40 No. 3 - August 2018 Issue “Countries with insufficient C-band spectrum can allocate 100MHz of continuous large band-width on TDD 2.6/2.3GHz to each operator. This will improve investment efficiency, while helping to prepare for an evolution towards high bandwidth 5G,” he said. MBB underpinned by spectrum resources is a driving force for GDP growth. Huawei's 2018 Global Connectivity Index (GCI) indicates that countries prioritising the construction of ICT infrastructure enjoy substantial economic benefits. It is estimated that, by 2025, the digital economy will account for a market value of US$ 6.4 trillion. “In terms of spectrum and technology selection and capacity requirements, Asia Pacific operators in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia believe that spectrum combination (low frequency, intermediate frequency and high frequency) is the correct response to 4G and 4.5G coverage/ capacity/service layer requirements. This will effectively improve user experience and spur operators' growth. The solution should prove to be the prevailing method for deploying LTE networks and spectrums in the forthcoming 5G era,” concluded Huawei. industry news Rethink Technology Research, a research and analyst company focusing on video networks, OTT, Pay TV and broadband, has released a new Multi-AP five-year forecast entitled; “The Multi-AP WiFi revolution: How WiFi jumps 10X and takes over the world”. It forecasts how, by 2023, cloud management software will control 658 million WiFi homes, with software worth US$ 346 million. Separately by 2023, some 364 million of those homes will have more than a single Access Point cooperating to create a home WiFi network. The outcome will lead to a savage reinstatement of operator- controlled WiFi, making huge dents in the WiFi retail market, and it will shift the broadband market control to a new class of ‘early adopter’ specialist WiFi player, said the report. "We expect some parts of the home to enjoy 1Gbps to 2Gbps in one of the most rapid consumer technology roll-outs ever,” said the analyst. “What consumers will notice is that WiFi will become more reliable as operators prepare for the 1Gbps broadband market by improving their WiFi throughput. Many will do this as 802.11AX devices come on-stream in the coming two to three years.” “This revolution is raging quietly through the world’s broadband operators – with the potential to upgrade many of the one- billion homes with Home Gateway and Cloud software, which will turn operator-controlled WiFi into a kind of Super WiFi. In fact, not only are the world’s broadband operators at it, some DTH operators with no broadband pipe are hijacking WiFi to turn it to their own purposes – so everyone is getting in on this.” The first stage requires a simple upgrade to home gateway software so that it controls policy on the device and talks to the cloud and, for further improvements, it requires the delivery of more than a single Access Point in each home (what we now call Multi-AP) in either extender or mesh configurations. “Already today, there are 46 million homes that have some kind of managed WiFi and 16.8 million Multi-AP installs, but this will grow some 20-fold over the forecast period in one of the most rapid consumer technology roll-outs ever,” said the report. “The operator’s dilemma is to do this both cheaply while adding 1Gbps broadband and make considerable savings in broadband field engineering and help desks costs.” This is a strategic issue for C-suite executives in cellular operators, OTT video services, ISPs, Pay TV operators and their equipment and software suppliers and investors. For more information, see https://rethinkresearch.biz/ Global forecast on Multi-Access Point WiFi