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Fontech Launches WiFi SON Solution for Operators

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Fontech announced the launch of WiFi SON(Self-organizing Networks) that enable operators to transform basic access points into managed WiFi hotspots with self-organizing capabilities, enabling delivery of cellular-like QoE across WiFi networks.

Fontech is the technology arm of Fon, the global WiFi network that has over 21 million hotspots.

With WiFi SON, operators can manage every WiFi AP, gain detailed real-time data on WiFi network performance, and optimize WiFi radio resources by intelligent SON functionalities, says Fontech.

At the heart of the solution is the WiFi SON cloud server, which automatically analyzes and manages radio resources from the network level down to individual hotspots from an intuitive, web-based dashboard. It features real-time monitoring and mapping, as well as mitigation of congestion, noise, and interference. This information is delivered from deployed CPEs to the cloud server via the WiFi SON thin agent which collects metrics from each CPE and forwards them on consuming minimal resources.

At the same time, the self-organizing network ensures subscribers are connected to the best available network through band and client steering, and channel load balancing across 2.4GHz & 5GHz spectrum.

The WiFi SON cloud server also features a self-configuration and self-healing system for the immediate recognition and registering of new hotspots by the network, as well as adjustment to reduce the impact of hotspots that become inoperative. Finally, operators can define different access policies for different groups of APs and end users based on a variety of criteria through a simple policy manager, enabling full control over WiFi resources and subscriber access to them.

Alex Puregger, CEO, Fon
Up to 80% of mobile data traffic goes via WiFi so it is fundamental for operators to understand how customers use it and to ensure a good user experience. With 5G, the integration of WiFi will be crucial: WiFi will have to become part of operator-managed networks....Fontech WiFi SON makes WiFi 5G ready.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

For tips and feedback, email Ray at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com, or reach him on LinkedIn @raysharma10, Facebook @1RaySharma

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