CommScope Named a Wi-Fi Alliance 2020 Industry Impact Award Recipient

Morgan Kurk--thumbnail Morgan Kurk June 25, 2020

wifi alliance award 2Earlier this month, CommScope was named a Wi-Fi Alliance 2020 Industry Impact Award recipient, joining other industry notables like Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft. The award recognizes outstanding member companies who have collaborated extensively in Wi-Fi Alliance and made significant contributions to the organization’s mission and the Wi-Fi industry over the last year.

Companies that received this year’s Industry Impact Award have had a ‘material impact’ in gaining 6 GHz unlicensed spectrum for Wi-Fi 6 and enabling Wi-Fi 6E to become a reality.

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“This award distinguishes outstanding member companies who have made significant contributions to the Wi-Fi Alliance mission and the Wi-Fi industry over the last year,” said Edgar Figueroa President and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. “We are particularly grateful for CommScope’s contributions to 6 GHz unlicensed spectrum. This award exemplifies dedication to high quality Wi-Fi and to advancing the Wi-Fi experience.”

Wi-Fi 6E Becomes a Reality

On April 1, 2020, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced his proposal for new rules to enable unlicensed operation in 1200 MHz of spectrum in the 6GHz band (from 5925 to 7125 MHz). This effectively increases the amount of prime mid-band Wi-Fi spectrum by nearly 500%. The IEEE will utilize this ‘greenfield’ unlicensed spectrum for a new generation of Wi-Fi 6 devices, which Wi-Fi Alliance and the industry will refer to as Wi-Fi 6E.

Following the FCC’s announcement, CommScope CTO Morgan Kurk commended Chairman Pai and the FCC for their plans to make the 6 GHz band available for unlicensed operation. Indeed, the wireless industry requires more spectrum to enable wider channel bandwidths, which in turn, is expected to usher in the multi-gigabit age. The recent move by the FCC will give unlicensed services the capacity and capability to drive new innovative applications.

Wi-Fi 6E in the Enterprise

Wi-Fi 6E availability for the enterprise will support many new use cases. Within entertainment venues and classrooms, we will see the rise of ultra-immersive, ultra-low latency VR/AR streaming services. In telemedicine, hyper-detailed, real-time imaging can bolster support for remote healthcare services that aren’t possible today. In dense multi-dwelling units (MDUs) and dorms – where congestion and interference are the norm – the vast amount of spectrum will enable everyone to be online at breakneck speeds simultaneously.

Even service providers will benefit from this new spectrum, using it in coordination with licensed spectrum to offload data from the macro-network.

Wi-Fi 6E in the Home

Wi-Fi 6E will drive new ‘all home’ wireless architectures. In MDUs – where congestion caused by multiple access points from multiple units limits capacity for everyone – the new spectrum will allow a “clean channel” approach to each apartment. In single family homes, Wi-Fi 6E’s channel bandwidth of up to 320MHz can be used as a multi gigabit backbone. This backbone can replace the cabling entirely and provide enough capacity to put access points wherever needed for both coverage and capacity. In addition to a speed boost, Wi-Fi 6 offers an improvement in determinism and lower latency of the traffic to devices which are critical parameters for future applications like VR and AR.

About the Author

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Morgan Kurk

Morgan Kurk is executive vice president and chief technology officer for CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. Mr. Kurk was promoted to this position upon the close of the ARRIS acquisition in 2019. He previously served as CommScope’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Mr. Kurk has nearly 25 years of experience in the information and communication technology industries. He joined CommScope as senior vice president of the Enterprise business unit, then served as senior vice president and segment leader for the Mobility business, then as CommScope’s CTO, with overall responsibility for the company’s long-term vision and strategic direction, before finally assuming the role of COO.

He previously was an executive at Allen Telecom, which later became part of Andrew Corporation, and ultimately CommScope. At Allen Telecom and Andrew Corporation, Mr. Kurk held a variety of positions including director of business development in the United States and China; vice president of R&D, PLM, and strategy; and vice president and general manager of the Wireless Innovations Group worldwide.

Mr. Kurk holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Brown University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences and an expert in system integration.

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