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Smart tech ticks Czech box for WiFi

The successful launch of O2 Smart Box in the Czech Republic is being highlighted at IBC by SoftAtHome. The unit brings WiFi performance of up to 250Mbps with VDSL3 and smart home services, including home security, remote control for home appliances and lights, and fire alarm, to O2’s Czech customers. Other services will be announced soon.

According to SoftAtHome, WiFi quality and performance issues are estimated to generate over 120,000 customer service requests a year in the Czech Republic. O2’s new box is designed to address this by giving customers the ability to control the quality of their network and manage their digital home devices, including game consoles, tablets, smartphones and smart TVs.

Based on the Broadcom BCM63138 chipset, the gateway displays time, weather and temperature information on its screen. As a home network router, it offers 4Gbps Ethernet connectors and dual-band WiFi with a theoretical throughput of 2.2Gbps/1740Mbps at 5GHz.

To maximise coverage, a set of integrated antennae using 4×4 MU-MIMO and beamforming technology are said to ensure a stable signal even when connecting multiple users.David Viret-Lange, CEO, SoftAtHome, said: “We are really pleased that O2 has placed its faith in our technology.

This deployment illustrates how important WiFi and IoT have become for subscribers.”