The Technology Behind Wi-Fi 7 and its Testing Challenges

Wi-Fi 7 offers unmatched wireless performance for users and businesses, with high speed and low latency enhancing the broadband experience. It expands on Wi-Fi 6 features and introduces significantly more complexity with 4K QAM, multi-link operations, and the increased focus on performance and quality of service. However, realizing these benefits requires translating technical specs into tangible user experiences at home or work. These new capabilities point to the future of Wi-Fi, where new use cases are emerging, and it gets used in completely new ways like AR/VR, mesh, or internet of things (IoT). But there are challenges with these new use cases, and if left untested, we leave a lot on the table, and expected customer benefits will not be realized.

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Some new capabilities include providing guaranteed and deterministic latency with OFDMA restricted service periods; increasing throughput, enhancing reliability, and improving latency and load balancing with multi-link operations and the allocation of multiple OFDMA resource units to each user; and reducing latency by dynamically assigning individual data packets to links as channel conditions change.

Please join our conversation on: 

  • Learning more about the new features and technologies of Wi-Fi 7

  • Exploring the testing challenges introduced by these technologies

  • Understanding the significance of new testing methodologies

  • Discussing the implications for the testing process

Janne Linkola, Principal Product Manager, Spirent
Janne Linkola is a principal product manager in Spirent’s Automated Test & Assurance business unit. Janne has spent most of his career at operators in various engineering and product development roles. He was a Fellow of Wireless Architecture at Altice USA leading their next generation Wi-Fi initiatives and worked for T-Mobile USA heading product development for Wi-Fi calling and other initiatives. Most recently, Janne worked as director of marketing at octoScope and joined the Spirent team as part of the octoScope acquisition. Janne has an MScEE from Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland.

Ruth BrownPrincipal Analyst – Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading
Ruth covers mobile network research for Heavy Reading. Key coverage areas include system architecture, core infrastructure and services, and supporting cloud technologies.

Prior to joining Heavy Reading, Ruth worked in mobile and fixed network research and design for BT for over 20 years. Her research interests have included convergence, mobile QoS, network slicing, private networks, cloud native mobile core technology and automation. She has filed more than 40 patents on both real world applications and enhancements to mobile core networks. Ruth is an advocate for women in engineering.

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