Over the next 5 years, home Wi-Fi networks are expected to undergo a significant transformation across a number of key areas. Wi-Fi 7 and 6 Gigahertz (GHz) operation will have become entrenched, unlocking great performance gains, vastly improved Quality of Experience (QoE), and a wealth of new potential experiences for end users. The legacy access technologies of cable and Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) will have largely given way to ascendant fiber and 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) technologies, delivering multi-gigabit connectivity that will underpin this increase in home networking performance. The flexibility and efficiency of softwaredefined gateways will also allow broadband operators to offer their customers improved QoE
and a greater selection of value-added services, spurring further home networking innovation. Combined, this will represent a home networking revolution, and operators that wish to maintain a strong value proposition, increase customer loyalty, and open up new revenue streams
in an increasingly competitive market will need to be at the forefront of this next wave of home networking innovation.
This whitepaper examines the catalysts for this home networking revolution , including shifting consumer habits, the demand for fresh experiences, rapid technological innovation, the challenges broadband operators are currently facing, and the need for operators to open up additional revenue streams. We will then explore the important role that the latest Wi-Fi innovations, leading-edge access technologies, and software-defined Wi-Fi gateways will play in this transition, outlining how they will help operators resolve the many challenges they are currently facing, increase their value propositions to consumers, and open up new lucrative revenue opportunities.