The newer standard, which is still in draft form and not slated to be finalized until late 2019, is designed to work better in congested areas, particularly in densely populated wireless networks that continue to grow thanks to IoT and smart devices.
Charter's announcement did not include when the 11ax router would be available or the cost of service plans that support it. But a Qualcomm-based four-stream router manufactured by Askey appeared in the FCC database in June.
As with previous new Wi-Fi standards, the potential benefits of draft 11ax routers will be limited until devices that also support 11ax are available. It typically takes one to two years for this to happen.
The company also said it would roll out a "converged" wireless router with licensed spectrum and IoT radios and upgrade existing routers with Wi-Fi Radio Resource Management (RRM) capabilities next year. The latter would use cloud-based analytics to "proactively optimize" a home's Wi-Fi environment.
For more updates, be sure to check out the Charter Communications (now under Spectrum branding) news website.
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