PCCW rolls out Gigabit WiFi service

PCCW rolls out Gigabit WiFi service

Staff writer  |   July 05, 2013
telecomasia.net
PCCW-HKT has launched enhanced WiFi service using 802.11ac technology in selected areas of the city, making it the first mobile carrier in Greater China to offer such a service.
 
The new 802.11ac WiFi service, supported by Cisco’s service provider Wi-Fi solutions connected with PCCW-HKT’s gigabit fiber backhaul, promises to deliver data speeds three times faster than the conventional 802.11n standard.
 
“One of the biggest advantages of WiFi is to help us offload the booming mobile data traffic, especially in the indoor environments like shopping malls,” Bruce Lam, PCCW-HKT's cheif marketing officer of wireless business, told a media briefing yesterday in Hong Kong. “The new service will significantly enhance data speed and give our customers LTE-alike user experience in indoor areas.”
 
Lam said the 802.11ac WiFi service is initially available at Langham Place, a shopping mall in Mongkok, and the company will be upgrading its existing Wi-Fi hotspots at other shopping malls and location with high traffic.
 
He said the company currently has over 12,000 hotspots throughout the city, and plans to increase the number to over 20,000 in 2014.
 
Touted as Gigabit WiFi, the 8011 ac technology promises theoretical peak data speeds of 1.3 Gbps at the 5GHz band using 80MHz channel. But in real world, depend on the devices that support the standard, data throughput can reach to over 200Mbps for 802.11ac devices with one antenna, and go to up to over 600Mbps for a device with three antennas.
 
A number of smartphones, including Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Mega, HTC one and Asus Padfone Infinity, support the new 802.11 ac technology. Presently all come with a single antenna.
 
Separately rival CSL said it has enhanced its LTE network and increased network capacity by expanding its 1800MHz spectrum from 2x 10Mhz to 2 x 15MHz (i.e. 50% bandwidth expansion) for the majority of the 4G network.
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