UNH-IOL enhances WiFi testing infrastructure to assure performance at network edge

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, announced on Tuesday that it has expanded its WiFi testing capabilities through the acquisition of cutting-edge test and measurement equipment from Octoscope.

With a staff of highly trained test engineers, the expansion of UNH-IOL’s WiFi testing platform is in response to service providers’ and customer-premise equipment (CPE) manufacturers’ goals to provide end-users with robust and reliable wireless broadband performance today, and as capacity demands continue to increase at the network edge.

Founded in 1988, the UNH-IOL provides independent, broad-based interoperability and standards conformance testing for data, telecommunications and storage networking products and technologies. Combining extensive staff experience, standards-bodies participation and a 28,000+ square foot facility, the UNH-IOL helps companies efficiently and cost effectively deliver products to the market.

Wireless performance has become a key factor within broadband deployments. Because many consumers view WiFi connectivity as being the Internet, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are generally blamed for poor performance. The ever-increasing number of WiFi-connected devices, and the advent of new, faster wireless technologies like IEEE 802.11ac, has increased the number of factors that can directly impact WiFi performance.

Current market analysis predicts that the global WiFi market could grow to be valued at $33.6 Billion USD by 2020.

“It’s clear that capacity demands driven by rapidly expanding mobility use and high-data broadband services, such as video streaming, is greatly impacting networks and creating operational challenges for service providers vested in differentiating their offerings based upon best-in-class performance,” said UNH-IOL Senior Engineer Lincoln Lavoie. “The UNH-IOL understands the importance of providing controlled, repeatable testing and measurement procedures based on actual WiFi usage, and has invested in equipment purchases needed to provide a comprehensive testbed that helps assure quality of service for wireless customers.”

“TalkTalk is committed to delivering the best experience for our customers. We welcome UNH-IOL’s decision to expand its WIFI testing capabilities. It will provide us with invaluable access to a testbed that can accurately measure results based on real usage scenarios,” said Pete Beynon, Principal Network Services Engineer, TalkTalk Group PLC. “Robust testing and measurement is key to the continuous improvement of broadband services, and WIFI performance has become critical to that equation. In turn, this will help ensure providers continue to meet consumers’ growing demand for faster, more reliable services.”


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