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Pervasive Wireless

What is Pervasive Wireless?

All personal devices will connect wirelessly inside and outside the home and enterprise. Licensed wireless networks and unlicensed Wi-Fi networks will dominate the connectivity options for personal devices and TVs. Reaching all of these devices with cable services will require convergence of inter-connected wireless and wireline networks leveraging the cable industries existing assets. Consumers will demand reliable, secure, low-cost and easy-to-access options for wireless connectivity.

CableLabs and Wireless Spectrum

As the world goes wireless, cable operators are rising to the challenge. With millions of Wi-Fi access points, cable is an integral part of the wireless revolution.

CableLabs supports its members’ efforts through technology and standards, working with the Wi-Fi community to drive forward innovations which will help to make Wi-Fi even more useful and seamless than it is today.

However, the growth of Wi-Fi puts strain on a key resource: Wireless spectrum. As the demand for wireless connectivity grows, available wireless spectrum shrinks. Where will additional wireless spectrum come from to meet consumer demand? CableLabs is working to meet this need and fully enable the next generation of wireless innovation.

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Video on the importance of collaboration in Wi-Fi.



Wi-Fi now carries the majority of Internet traffic around the world – more than mobile and fixed networks. Wi-Fi relies on wireless spectrum, and the remarkable growth of Wi-Fi consumer demand is beginning to overwhelm the available spectrum, as we explore in this study.

Blog post

Clearing the Air: FCC Faces Wi-Fi Spectrum Challenges

By Rob Alderfer, Principal Strategic Analyst, CableLabs –  For most of us, Wi-Fi is the way we connect online. It’s the key to our broadband world, and Cable operators are rapidly rolling it out….

White Paper


To meet the growing need for additional Wi-Fi capacity, the 5 GHz frequency band offers promise. CableLabs connected with colleagues at the University of Colorado to examine how to make the most of this opportunity through wireless spectrum.

Case Study


Making more spectrum available depends on sharing among different wireless services to make the most of the resource. CableLabs and the University of Colorado explain what this means in practice as Wi-Fi access expands, using a case study for how Wi-Fi can coexist with satellite services in the 5 GHz band.


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FCC Votes to Expand Wireless Spectrum: A Win for Wi-Fi

By Rob Alderfer, CableLabs – Today is a big day for Wi-Fi and everyone that uses it – which is, of course, all of us. Our Wi-Fi is about to get twice as…

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What Wireless Spectrum Is, and Why You Should Care

Check out CNET’s breakdown of everything you need to know about wireless spectrum.


The Importance of Wi-Fi Spectrum

Check out this infographic for more information on the importance of Wi-Fi spectrum and the significance of increasing available spectrum.


How to Set Wi-Fi Free

Video from the NCTA.