ASSIA Newsletter — April 2020

A periodic update from the company that monitors, diagnoses, and optimizes the QoE for over 125 million home internet subscribers, served by 38 service providers on 18 countries and 5 continents.

Company News

Ensuring Business-Grade Reliability Over Residential Internet Connections to Support Life-Critical Applications

By John Cioffi, ASSIA CEO

In a matter of two weeks, a massive number of people have migrated their employment to their homes, and their home networks have become the lifeline of connectivity to their colleagues, customers, co-workers, and investors. During this demanding time, ASSIA’s top priorities are to ensure the safety and continued productivity of our employees and to support the continuity of operations at ASSIA’s many large service providers globally.

In this blog post, ASSIA CEO John Cioffi shares ASSIA’s top priorities during the COVID-19 epidemic.

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Lockdown Effect on Home Wi-Fi: “New Normal is Christmas Day Level”

Guest blog by Tuncay Cil, ASSIA Chief Strategy Officer

The effect on Wi-Fi of the near-global lockdown and working from home trend is clear: we are seeing much higher volumes of data traffic on Wi-Fi networks, much higher levels of interference on the 5 GHz band, and also many more complaints about the quality of uplink connections. Everyday use of residential Internet and Wi-Fi during times of stay-at-home working looks more like our usage patterns and volumes during holidays.

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Holiday Traffic Guide

Wi-Fi is a Mission-Critical Infrastructure for Life

Tuncay Cil, CSO, ASSIA and Ken Kerpez, ASSIA Director of Standards

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in our work, education, communication, and healthcare infrastructure in many ways. As massive numbers of people have no choice but to continue their lives from home, the home network has become the lifeline of connectivity. Issues related to speed, coverage, security, and reliability of the home network have become visible during video conference calls, online classes, and telemedicine visits. We believe proprietary data control and collection systems cause most of the inefficiencies and lack of coordination between applications and networks.

To break the silos of incompatible home networking devices and management systems, a group of companies are now accelerating standardization efforts of open ecosystem friendly reference designs and standards developments.

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Working to Make a Vendor-Neutral Wi-Fi Management Ecosystem a Reality, ASSIA Joins prpl Foundation

The prpl Foundation is an open-source, community-driven, not-for-profit consortium with a focus on enabling the security and interoperability of embedded services for the smart society of the future. Reliable broadband and Wi-Fi connectivity are fundamental to a resilient economy worldwide. ASSIA’s contribution to prpl will leverage the company’s decade-long pioneering work deploying advanced Wi-Fi management solutions at the world’s largest carriers and creating industry standards for internet connectivity.

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Company News

Innovations in Terabit Copper are Being Validated at Brown University

Fiber-like speeds of 10 Gbps to 1000 Gbps (e.g., 1 Tbps) could be possible by using the previously unexploited waveguide modes of current copper infrastructure cables that contain twisted-pair phone lines. Waveguide-mode use is similar to the use of millimeter-wave transmission in advanced wireless and 5G. While current 5G wireless often runs at 28 GHz and 39 GHz, commercial microwave gear can run at 70 GHz and 90 GHz. Waveguide can open the terahertz gap and enable use of frequencies above 100 GHz for significantly faster speeds. Wavelengths at these frequencies can “fit” between the wires and that multiple-antenna-like (“MIMO”) processing can be used to transmit and receive well the signals at these frequencies.

Dr. Cioffi originally introduced Terabit DSL in May 2017. Now Terabit DSL measurements are being conducted at Brown University under the direction of Professor Daniel Mittleman under sponsorship from the US National Science Foundation and ASSIA.

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Brown University Research

The animation below demonstrates how the number of devices online changed between March 10th and March 27th with iPhones consistently leading the way, and PCs, Media Streaming, Amazon, and TVs vying for second place. This is an example of the quality analytics that are available with the ASSIA CloudCheck Wi-Fi solution.

Wi-Fi-ve-G: Convergence or Contention?

How Wi-Fi and 5-G can converge productively is the topic of ASSIA CEO John Cioffi’s keynote at FICC 2020.


upcoming events

As we are all aware, the many industry events that ASSIA usually attends during this time of year are being postponed, rescheduled, or cancelled altogether. While ANGACOM has been postponed until June 2021, we are still hoping to attend these summer events. Check our website for last-minute schedule updates.



June 7-11, 2020
Dublin, Ireland
Dr. Cioffi to receive WICE Award

Wi-Fi Alliance US

Wi-Fi Alliance

June 16-18, 2020
Chicago, Illinois

Wi-Fi Now US

Aug 31-Sept 2, 2020
San Francisco, CA
Tuncay Cil, ASSIA Chief Strategy Officer, will be speaking

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