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D-Link, Microsoft join forces in ‘Super Wi-Fi’ initiative

November 22, 2016  

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D-Link will partner with Microsoft in a project that will deliver the next generation of Wi-Fi, known as “Super Wi-Fi,” to rural communities across the globe, announced D-Link Chairman John Hsuan as part of his D-Link Future Strategy during a press conference at the company’s Taipei headquarters on Monday.

By aiming to tackle some of the world’s greatest technology gaps, and laying down a future network in currently underdeveloped areas, the Microsoft-led mission would give communities a foundation for an enriched digital future, the two companies said in a release.

A first-phase pilot is commencing in a U.S. state, with a further three potential countries for future stages.

“Microsoft was founded on the idea of democratizing access to technology. Microsoft’s current mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. For that reason, Microsoft is working with public and private sector partners around the world to develop technologies and business models that will make it easier for billions more people to affordably get online,” said Paul Garnett, director of affordable access initiatives at Microsoft.

D-Link Canada president, Lou Reda said the goal as a company is to help all people better connect, locally and globally. Leveraging our 30 years of expertise and global footprint to help deliver Super  Wi-Fi to the world’s underdeveloped regions is a huge step in accomplishing this goal.”

Currently, the fastest commercial Wi-Fi standards are based on the 802.11ac prototype, with “11ad” announced by some manufacturers. Super Wi-Fi is set to be based on “11af,” representing a protocol with a huge leap in range.

The Super Wi-Fi campaign aims to exploit unused bandwidth in the lower-frequency white spaces between television channel frequencies, where signal travels further than at higher frequencies.