What Does Wi-Fi 6E Mean for the Home?

Cheevers_Charles_ektron Charles Cheevers April 20, 2020

wifi-healing-homepage-imageThis week will mark an important moment in the world of Wi-Fi Spectrum. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is scheduled to take the final vote this coming Thursday (April 23rd) on 6 GHz Wi-Fi (as known as Wi-Fi 6E).

As I stated in a previous blog, Wi-Fi 6E will bring tremendous opportunity and will drive new “all home” wireless architectures

In a recent interview with Wi-Fi Now, I explained how this could be “Holy Grail” of home Wi-Fi. In that interview, I described that home networks could look something like this: one 160 MHz channel for every room (there are seven within the new 6 GHz band) interconnected by a couple of 160 MHz channels forming a residential Wi-Fi-powered multi-gigabit backbone. The backbone could use the future 802.11be (presumably Wi-Fi 7) standard.

CLICK TO TWEET: CommScope’s Charles Cheevers provides his insight into the future benefits of Wi-Fi 6E in home networks.

With the addition of specific 6 GHz spectrum that only allows for Wi-Fi 6E devices to use it, the FCC ruling will bring increased and improved performance.

As a leader in this technology, CommScope will continue to leverage its extensive expertise in Wi-Fi devices and applications to help usher in a new era of wireless access and services for homes and businesses. In this Wi-Fi NOW video shot during the 2019 Wi-Fi World Congress International Expo and Conference, I explain what 6 GHz Wi-Fi really means to the home. Click below to view the video.

I also invite you to join me, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and other industry leaders on Friday, April 24 at 1 pm ET for the “Wi-Fi Now Special Event on 6 GHz Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 6E)” webinar. Click the link below to register for the webinar.

Wi-Fi Now Webinar Registration

About the Author


Charles Cheevers

Charles Cheevers is Chief Technology Officer, Home Network Solutions, at CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. He is responsible for the two- to five-year technology vision of CommScope’s consumer-premise equipment (CPE) business.


In this role, he defines new home architectures for CPE devices and cloud-to-ground solutions as well as the evolution of CommScope’s home gateways, set-tops, and connected home solutions.


In his more than 20 years in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Cheevers has been responsible for bringing to market a range of technologies — including DVB, DOCSIS, DSL, PON Network and CPE Video Voice and Broadband solutions. For the last six years, Mr. Cheevers has focused on delivering the next generation of connectivity and technology-driven user experiences to the home. As a result, he’s played a key role in pioneering major trends in Wi-Fi, IoT, IP video, TV experience and set-top technology, and most recently AI-driven smart solutions, with the debut of CommScope’s Smart Media Device.


Mr. Cheevers and his team have also been creating new home platforms for many of the world’s leading service providers. With the emergence of new wireless convergence solutions in both unlicensed and licensed bands — from 1 to 100GHz — Mr. Cheevers and the CommScope CTO office have been innovating new architectures for consumer and home wireless convergence across Wi-Fi, LTE and 5G.


Mr. Cheevers joined CommScope through its acquisition of ARRIS in April 2019 where he served as CTO of CPE Solutions from 2012 to 2019. He joined ARRIS in 2003 via acquisition of Com21 Inc and was VP Engineering of ARRIS Cadant® C3™ CMTS and D5™ EdgeQAM products. In 2006, he was appointed as Chief Technology Officer of Europe, a position he held concurrently to being GM for the ARRIS Edge QAM business from 2008 to 2010.


Prior to his tenure at ARRIS, Mr. Cheevers was Vice President of Engineering and an Officer of Com21 Inc and held senior management positions for Apple Inc.


Mr. Cheevers has served on the board of the Open Connectivity Foundation, one of the leading IoT standards initiatives, served on the SCTE organizing committee for 2018 and 2019 and is a recipient of the 2006 and 2011 Cable and Satellite Euro50 award for his contributions to cable technology.