Xfinity Mobile: ‘Convergence of Wi-Fi and mobile is imminent’

June 19, 2018
    • By Claus Hetting, Wi-Fi NOW CEO & Chairman

“The convergence of Wi-Fi and mobile is imminent,” said Xfinity Mobile’s Director of Product Management Rushi Kothari at this year’s version of Wi-Fi NOW USA in Redwood City on May 17. Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile is right now one of only a few global examples of mobile and Wi-Fi services coming together into a single service fabric.

The newest mobile service provider in the USA – Xfinity Mobile – is using Wi-Fi widely and successfully to serve a growing base of mobile subscribers and expects the challenges of bringing Wi-Fi and mobile services together to be solved within the foreseeable future.

The case for successful convergence

Xfinity’s Rushi Kothari identified the three key challenges to be solved as seamless transitions across networks, consistent solutions for all devices, and resolving unexpected complications from the introduction of new technologies.

“Will native OS enhancements or connection managers provide the right streamlined solutions? Or will link aggregation provide the right solutions for seamless transitions? These are the questions that need to be studied,” said Rushi Kothari.

In summer of 2017 Apple took its first steps towards enabling the adoption of TCP Multipath, a technology that in principle will allow for the aggregation of Wi-Fi and cellular data streams on the device. A similar scheme exists on the Android platform. Independent mobile & Wi-Fi convergence platforms can be provided by US-based vendors Carnegie Technologies or Speedify.

A new kind of mobile service

“Xfinity Mobile is a new kind of mobile service designed to save you money among other things through access to 18 million Wi-Fi hotspots across the US,” said Rushi Kothari. The company has already demonstrated the high value of Wi-Fi for consumers: Xfinity Mobile subscribers consume an average of 3 GB of free Wi-Fi hotspot data per month equivalent to a value of $36, Kothari said.

He did not disclose the total data consumption per Xfinity Mobile subscriber. According to this sourcethe average US smartphone data consumption is a whopping 31.4 GB per month including both cellular and Wi-Fi components. As of today, Xfinity Mobile offers data plans at either $12 per GB or $45 for an unlimited plan per month.

Rushi Kothari also said that 81% of Xfinity Mobile’s 577,000 subscribers connect to Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots at least once a month.

 

Read the full article here.

Carnegie Satellite Solutions at Satellite 2018

March 12, 2018

Consumer Satellite Advancements at Satellite 2018

 

A Glimpse into the Future: Continental demonstrates Predictive Connectivity Manager

February 28, 2018

Our collaboration with Continental is hitting news outlets this week.  Continental will be unveiling the Predictive Connectivity Manager at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona. Read more here.

    • BY Alena Liebram, FEBRUARY 26, 2018 

Barcelona, February 26, 2018. It’s a problem all too familiar to those who spend a lot of time driving in rural areas: Mobile network reception is poor, with phone calls suddenly cutting out or music streaming coming to a halt. In many regions, lower bandwidths and high latency still diminish the user experience and prevent drivers from seamlessly transferring their digital lifestyle into their car. In response, technology company Continental has developed a Predictive Connectivity Manager that “looks” into the future to determine network availability and reception quality along the route so that it can then take appropriate action.

2018 Technology Predictions

January 12, 2018

2017 was an interesting year in the mobile communications space, to say the least - both for Carnegie Technologies itself and for the industry as a whole.  At Carnegie, we experienced an exciting growth year, with the openining of a new Austin headquarters, lots of hiring and the acquistion of the advanced SmartSwitch technology from Chemring.  As an industry, among other things, we saw unlimited data plans return to the marketpace and the FCC vote to eliminate net nautrality.  2018 is sure to be another wild ride, and here are a few of our industry predictions to start the year off with a bang:

Austin Gets New Tech Win as Carnegie Technologies Opens Global Headquarters

December 06, 2017

AUSTIN, TX (December 6, 2017) -- Carnegie Technologies, a leading innovator of disruptive wireless connectivity solutions, announced today the official opening of its new corporate headquarters in Austin, Texas.  The company will keep its employees and existing offices in San Antonio; Kitchener, Ontario; United Kingdom; Australia; and Serbia as it continues to grow its Austin presence.

Carnegie Announces the integration of the smartswitch

November 15, 2017

Delivers the Most Complete Package for Combining Wi-Fi and Cellular For The Optimal User Experience

Austin, Texas (November 15, 2017) – Carnegie Technologies, a leading wireless connectivity solutions provider, announced today the integration of the SmartSwitch advanced connection management technology into its Network Convergence Platform (NCP). This move creates the market’s first end-to-end solution that allows mobile devices to optimally and consistently combine Wi-Fi and cellular networks to ensure users enjoy their mobile experience. Operators deploying NCP can now provide robust and uninterrupted service to their users while ensuring the maximum data is used on Wi-Fi - a true savings for operators and customers alike.

Carnegie Technologies Acquires SmartSwitch From Chemring Technology Solutions

November 01, 2017

Combining Forces to Deliver the Most Comprehensive Mobile Wi-Fi Experience Solution

Austin, Texas and Romsey, UK (November 1, 2017) – Carnegie Technologies, a leading wireless connectivity solutions provider, announced today its acquisition of the assets of SmartSwitch from Chemring Technology Solutions Ltd, a subsidiary of Chemring Group PLC (LSE: CHG), which pioneered a comprehensive connection management solution for MNOs and MSOs for their Wi-Fi HetNets.  The strategic acquisition of the SmartSwitch assets brings 3GPP ANDSF and Hot Spot 2.0 compliant connection management technology that Carnegie will integrate into its Network Convergence Platform. The acquisition also includes a supporting patent portfolio as well as extensive experience and knowledge that complements that of Carnegie.

In the news – Carnegie and Continental Collaboration

June 27, 2017

Our new collaboration with Continental is hitting many news outlets this week. Here's a sampling from PC Mag.  

Over-the-air (OTA) software updates are commonplace these days; we hardly notice them unless badgered by pop-ups when new software arrives. But as cars become computers on wheels, the need for OTA updates is now crucial, especially with the threat of connected, autonomous vehicles being hacked.

With the exception of Tesla, only a few mainstream automakers offer limited OTA or manual updates, and they are mostly for infotainment. Mega automotive supplier Continental wants to change this. At an event I attended this week in Germany, the company introduced an OTA update platform that could not only keep car software current, but also enhance connectivity and security.

Read the full article here. 

Carnegie Technologies Teams Up with Continental for Network Convergence

June 14, 2017

Deal brings secure, fast, reliable and gapless connectivity to connected vehicles

Austin, Texas; Kitchener, Ontario; and Hanover, Germany  (June 14, 2017) – Carnegie Technologies, the industry’s leading wireless connectivity solutions provider, and the technology company Continental announced a deal today that further expands Continental’s portfolio of holistic vehicle connectivity for vehicle manufacturers by integrating Carnegie’s Network Convergence Platform.

Under the agreement, Continental is reselling Carnegie Technologies’ Network Convergence Platform as part of Continental’s Smart Telematics portfolio for vehicle manufacturers. The solution runs on Continental’s next generation telematics control unit (TCU) with a supporting cloud-based component for analytics and diagnostics.   As cars move along the roadways, this technology provides bandwidth aggregation and gapless handover of calls and data for faster speeds and seamless switching between different networks, such as Wi-Fi, LTE, 3G, and satellite. These capabilities are essential for new data-intensive applications such as autonomous driving and over the air (OTA) vehicle updates, ensuring that vehicles and drivers can always make use of the fastest, most reliable and most secure network connection available to the automobile. 

World’s Most Advanced Lightweight & Compact Ku Antenna Transforms Remote & Temporary Satellite Communications

March 06, 2017

Carnegie Technologies’ Foldable Ku Antenna Breaks the Size and Cost Barrier for Mission-Critical Communications

WASHINGTON, D.C. and SAN ANTONIO, TX (March 6, 2017) – Remote wireless communications just got a whole lot easier and faster as Carnegie Technologies announced today the debut of the world’s first Foldable Ku Antenna for satellite communications.   The Foldable Ku Antenna uses the most advanced technologies and materials available today to create the most powerful Ku-band antenna small enough to fit into a backpack and easy enough for one man to carry, assemble and link in just a couple of minutes.    The announcement was made at the Satellite 2017 industry conference in Washington, D.C. running today through March 9th. 

Carnegie Technologies developed the Foldable Ku Antenna in a partnership with the Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), a United States defense contractor and one of the oldest and largest independent, nonprofit, applied research and development organizations in the United States.  The antenna’s revolutionary design uses rugged UV-stabilized PVC with metalized reflector surfaces to deliver Ultra High Throughput Ku-band transmissions more quickly and easily than ever before.