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OpenWifi and an introduction to the Telecom Infra Project

May 13, 2021

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The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is an association of companies, including Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and other organizations who have come together to achieve a common goal: to quicken the pace of development and broaden the deployment of open, disaggregated, and standards-based connectivity solutions, including Wi-Fi.

Open-source Wi-Fi development, which Qualcomm Technologies has long supported, has been a driving force and an enabler of Wi-Fi research, performance enhancement, and new services for over a decade. For example, thanks to our open-source upstream Wi-Fi drivers – “Ath9k” (for Wi-Fi 4), “Ath10k” (for Wi-Fi 5) or “Ath11k” (most current version for Wi-Fi 6) – numerous ecosystem partners have successfully developed and delivered RF Sensing use cases around indoor positioning and tracking, home and office security monitoring, and medical-related vital signs detection and monitoring.

The global necessity of high-quality wireless connectivity has perhaps never been more acutely felt than it is today, as governments, private industry, and independent consortiums like TIP work to lower development costs for Wi-Fi solutions, accelerate innovation, and provide a favorable ecosystem – especially for players within the enterprise and services provider space.

OpenWiFi Release 1.0

On May 12th, TIP announced the launch of OpenWiFi Release 1.0, a software release that includes an open-source AP networking operating system. It also includes an SDK for building cloud-native Wi-Fi controller software that is interoperable with Access Point (AP) hardware based on Qualcomm Technologies’ Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6 networking platforms. TIP offers many ways to contribute to the advancement of OpenWiFi, including:

  • Download the open-source software, try it out, and contribute to its development
  • Engage with commercial vendors building solutions based on the OpenWiFi platform
  • Actively participate in the community and contribute to the progress of the project

Learn more about how to participate with OpenWiFi here.

We are looking forward to continued involvement with the open-source Wi-Fi community, including through our deep involvement with the Wi-Fi Telecom Infra Project. Future delivery of leading-edge technology and features via our platforms with open-source Wi-Fi drivers will continue to be available to OpenWiFi participants.

Over the past year or more, as many highly connected spaces like businesses and schools have become decentralized, the need for increased access to high-quality wireless connectivity has become more urgent. OpenWiFi is another great example of how Qualcomm Technologies and our industry partners are rising to meet the heightened challenges of this new connected era.

 

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