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Minnesota-based Arvig enhances its wireless network

The company says it has completed an equipment upgrade for WiFi 6.

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This image was taken near Pelican Rapids, Minn., during a fiber construction project in 2019. Now, the company says it has completed a network-wide equipment upgrade for WiFi 6.
Image: Courtesy of Arvig
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PERHAM, Minn. • Arvig, a broadband and full-service telecommunications provider, says it has successfully completed an equipment upgrade that makes its network fully compatible with WiFi 6.

In recent months the company has announced work to enhance its fiber network and other projects in the region, including the now completed effort to expand its WiFi abilities.

WiFi 6, the latest generation of mobile connectivity, targets an increase in throughput of as much as 40% for supported wireless devices and is backwards compatible with previous generations, according to the company.

Additionally, the standard allows for as much as a four-fold increase in wireless performance in dense environments –settings such as apartment buildings, airports and stadiums. WiFi 6 is expected to offer improvements in not only signal range and reliability, but also increase network efficiency and extended battery life for supported IoT devices.

WiFi 6 comes at a time of rapid technological expansion, both in the adoption of mobile devices, and the development of the Internet of Things (IoT), the company said.

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According to a whitepaper from cloud service and software developer Calix, it is anticipated that, by 2023, there will be 5 billion connected devices in North America – that’s 13 devices per person, up from eight in 2018.

“This is a very important upgrade to the Arvig network for many reasons,” said Shaun Carlson, director of Research & Development and Continuous Innovation at Arvig.

Each new generation of WiFi has brought improvements in speed, throughput and reliability, Arvig said, but WiFi 6 takes upgrades a step further, as it introduces a locally controlled and optimized WiFi network with real-time optimization supported by cloud-based machine learning algorithms to provide the best WiFi performance for the user.

“Our network now carries new and improved wireless technology that will offer a much better user experience from end to end. As the demand on WiFi increases, this upgrade ensures that our wireless network can offer better speeds, greater range and improved reliability.”

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