Reliable broadband and Wi-Fi services are more important to consumers than ever before. As online entertainment consumption, remote work, telemedicine, and distance learning explode, better home coverage is not just necessary, but a necessity.

Many consumers are turning to mesh networks, which connect multiple wireless nodes, to improve home coverage and network speed. So, it is not surprising that the global wireless mesh network market could grow at a CAGR of 12.5% between 2020 and 2025 and reach US 10.1 billion by 2025.1 In fact, mesh networks are now one of the hottest segments in wireless.

Nonetheless, with many modern technologies come challenges, and with mesh networking, a lack of plug-and-play multi-vendor interoperability has hindered widespread adoption. Until recently, consumers were required to buy into a single system vendor. But now, with the EasyMesh standard and certification program, consumers can utilize pieces of equipment supplied from a variety of vendors in the same house, and the guaranteed interoperability eases headaches for ISPs and consumers alike.

Delivering QoE is about interoperability and ease of use

As an ISP or broadband operator, quality of experience is at the top of your priority list––your success depends on it. What’s more, consumers crave flexibility and choice, and this is what EasyMesh promises. Here a just a few of the benefits that EasyMesh certified products stand to deliver:

Confidence. Mesh equipment certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance has undergone a battery of tests giving ISPs and consumers the assurance they need.

Less Vendor Lock-in. ISPs are no longer locked into relationships with single vendors. Plus, when consumers receive the options and flexibility they seek, customer satisfaction and loyalty increase.

Lower Costs for Consumers. Mesh networks can be more expensive than routers. But with open standards, more component makers can manufacture products, which generates competition and lowers costs.

Manageable Networks. ISPs can obtain visibility into Wi-Fi performance within consumers’ networks and benefit from diagnostic/analytics tools with standardized KPIs—specific to Wi-Fi networks—to create more effective tools. This capability is key to managing the Wi-Fi network to ensure customer satisfaction.

Ease of Use. EasyMesh provides a highly scalable architecture and simple onboarding of multiple APs throughout the home to extend coverage to dead zones. Plus, EasyMesh and the associated Data Elements and TR-181 management interfaces can help ISPs take complete ownership of their customers’ mesh Wi-Fi environment as a component of broadband service delivery. As such, through the platform, issues can be proactively managed and settings configured automatically.

How ASSIA works with standards

We want you to be confident that the investment you make today to improve consumer QoS and home Wi-Fi QoE will not be obsolete in a few years. As so, we actively participate in standards organizations and contribute to the definition of standards, including EasyMesh.

ASSIA CloudCheck works with open standards, interfaces, and open-source software, and its architecture and roadmap are well aligned to the EasyMesh specifications. For example, CloudCheck is designed to monitor, manage, and optimize mesh networks and adds proactive diagnostics and optimization, using cloud-based machine learning and analytics to prompt automatic or manual intervention to fix or improve subscriber performance.

The below diagram illustrates how CloudCheck monitors and manages EasyMesh-compliant CPEs so that ISPs can effectively manage and optimize the in-home QoE for their subscribers:

 

The CloudCheck architecture takes advantage of the EasyMesh standard and the TR-369 User Services Platform (USP) standard from the Broadband Forum. The CloudCheck Agent, which is embedded in APs, gathers significant data, which is pre-processed, filtered, and sent up to CloudCheck Server.

Moreover, prplMesh is used to send and receive data to and from the Wi-Fi APs. prplMesh is an open source implementation of the Wi-Fi Alliance EasyMesh specification. Note that ASSIA contributes to prplMesh and integration is offered with CloudCheck.

What’s next?

If you are looking to gain a competitive edge against other ISPs that are locking themselves into a single vendor’s mesh network hardware, we encourage you to provide support for EasyMesh networks. To learn more about EasyMesh, go to https://www.globenewswire.com/en/news-release/2021/02/04/2169862/0/en/Wi-Fi-Alliance-connects-and-expands-home-Wi-Fi.html.

1MarketWatchcom, Wireless Mesh Network Market Growth, Share, Size, Price, Industry Trends And Forecast 2020-2025 | Expert Market Research, May 10, 2021