VANCOUVER, CANADA and REDWOOD CITY, CA â€” Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment (ASSIA), a supplier of broadband and Wi-Fi diagnostic and optimization software solutions to carriers and cable operators, and Incognito, a global provider of device and service management solutions for digital service providers, announced a partnership to develop integrated Wi-Fi management and optimization solutions to improve the digital home Wi-Fi experience and boost operational efficiency â€“ allowing for proactive care and operations automation.
Backed by research from Analysys Mason, 70 percent of todayâ€™s technical support calls from residential subscribers are related to home Wi-Fi issues. As more connected devices, including unmanaged devices like Wi-Fi extenders are added, this brings a surge of â€œalways-onâ€ connections and increases the challenge of delivering a high-quality Wi-Fi experience in the home network. The burden is felt on customer care, network operations, and field engineering, highlighting the need for proactive solutions that can consistently optimize home Wi-Fi, while significantly reducing service provider operational costs.
A Unified Device Hardware-agnostic Solution
The partnership leverages Incognitoâ€™s product capabilities in digital home experience management, home network analytics, and operations automation, together with ASSIAâ€™s CloudCheck software solution for Wi-Fi optimization, diagnostics, analytics, and machine learning to proactively manage and optimize quality of experience for residential customers. This partnership allows service providers to take advantage of ASSIA and Incognito software solutions to support a mix of agent and non-agent-based customer premise equipment (CPE), assuring coverage across their entire network. The partnership will provide a unified device hardware-agnostic solution that spans the service providerâ€™s entire network.
At CableLabs Summer Conference 2018, Incognito and ASSIA will demonstrate a joint solution to MSOs that tracks historical Wi-Fi performance for both TR-069-based and legacy customer premise equipment (CPE) devices, continuously scans devices to determine optimal channels based on performance or speed, automates recommendations to improve QoE, and steers devices to optimal access points.
Managing the Increased Complexity of the Home Network
â€œThe increased complexity of the home network is highlighting the opportunity for service providers to offer managed home Wi-Fi services with ever-increasing broadband speeds. This highlights the need for automated proactive solutions to reduce call center actions, alleviate truck rolls, and deliver a great experience to their customers,â€ said Pete Koat, chief technology officer at Incognito. â€œThe Incognito and ASSIA partnership will provide a holistic solution to managing and optimizing home Wi-Fi before customer experience is impacted. By improving the home broadband experience while reducing operational costs, this means a win-win for service providers and their residential customers.â€
â€œService providers have been experiencing the benefits of the CloudCheck software platform for managing residential Wi-Fi for increasing customer satisfaction, reducing customer churn, and reducing operator OPEX,â€ said David Raun, president and COO at ASSIA.
â€œThey also want the benefit of a single integrated and unified set of tools for managing both agent-enabled devices as well as legacy CPEs. We are excited about the partnership with Incognito, which pairs ASSIAâ€™s CloudCheck technology with Incognitoâ€™s digital Home experience solution, including their auto configuration server (ACS) and customer care tools for managing devices across the entire CPE install-base.â€