Technicolor grieves sale of WiFi Doctor, launches WiFi “band-aid” instead

What a week to work in the world of WiFi. It is testament to the effort of teams behind the scenes both at standards bodies and vendor R&D departments that the market is thriving in the face of alarmist 5G cries. Industry favorite Technicolor wasn’t to miss out on the party, rolling out a new whole home WiFi software called WiFi XL this week – a strange amalgamation of technologies from the extensive Technicolor portfolio which also lends a hand from the WiFi Alliance.

WiFi XL says it solves crucial pain points in the connected home through the integration of EasyMesh software from the WiFi Alliance – guaranteeing QoS over time via advanced diagnostics and what it calls a “curing solution”. This sounds awfully familiar to the company’s WiFi Doctor technology which AirTies now owns – does it not?

“It’s a band-aid, not the cure,” reads the WiFi XL marketing slogan. Faultline Online Reporter reached out to Technicolor, asking why it insisted on using medical terminology to describe a technical product which should have no affiliation with WiFi Doctor, which the company chose not to respond to.

It’s true that when the deal with AirTies was announced earlier this year, we learned that the two vendors planned to partner on technology integrations and sales channels to offer smart WiFi to service providers. AirTies told us at the time it planned to pre-integrate the WiFi Doctor software into its Remote Manager product but despite it looking like a straight up sale, it was anything but and we were told there would continue to be a sort of two-way working relationship.

Writing off Technicolor as a rapidly shrinking vendor destined for the graveyard has been an easy conclusion to make, after the company sold WiFi assets to Turkey’s AirTies as well as shipping off the patent licensing division and R&I arm to InterDigital in a double-dip sale. Yet the company continues to claim world firsts, boasting the first EasyMesh certified gateway to market this week, which builds on previous crowns of the first DOCSIS 3.1 commercial deployment in 2018, as well as the first WiFi 6 demo and first VDSL 35b launch, both arriving in 2017.

Admittedly, Technicolor has been noticeably more vocal of late in verticals such as Android TV.

Also in WiFi this week, Assia has been celebrating the arrival of the WiFi Alliance’s WiFi Certified Data Elements certification program which it launched last week for data collection standardization purposes.

“We believe that this initiative will benefit vendors, service providers, and consumers immensely. For the first time vendors and service providers will be able to build standardized data models that solve a vast range of home WiFi issues across a range of delivery platforms. The lack of a systematic approach to data has delayed innovation in this space for years. Now the wait is over, and we will see a new ecosystem emerge,” commented Assia CSO Tuncay Cil. “Streamlining the use of data across platforms will be a big-time boost to the consumer’s quality of experience. We also have no doubt that getting WiFi quality under control means the introduction of new services faster than ever before.”