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Quality of Service award winner: Manish Kumar, NXP Semiconductors

Manish Kumar

Wi-Fi Alliance® welcomes 2020 honorees into our Wi-Fi Alliance Hall of Fame. This series highlights the companies and individuals who have brought invaluable contributions to the Wi-Fi® industry, and have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to advancing the Wi-Fi Alliance mission to “connect everyone and everything, everywhere.” Wi-Fi Alliance recognizes Hall of Fame honorees in the following categories: Industry Impact, Mission Specialist, and Quality of Service. Read more on this year’s winners.

The Quality of Service award recognizes impactful leadership and exemplary service in the Wi-Fi industry by individuals who have, over a period of at least five years, contributed to our mission and made a difference in the Wi-Fi industry through leadership or active involvement in three or more Wi-Fi Alliance programs. Individuals receiving this award have contributed their expertise to a multitude of Wi-Fi Alliance programs.

What do you consider to be your proudest Wi-Fi accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment has been leading the Wi-Fi 6 efforts at NXP® Semiconductors (previously Marvell) at Wi-Fi Alliance. For instance, we were among the first to be Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™. As a technical editor for the Wi-Fi Alliance 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) technical task group, I was proud to play a leading role in helping Wi-Fi Alliance launch Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 – which is aimed at delivering the best user experience and is based on IEEE 802.11ax standard.

What drives you to help proliferate Wi-Fi around the world?

The development of innovative and exciting technologies in a collaborative manner. Building unique products to connect everyone, everything, and everywhere drives me to help proliferate Wi-Fi around the world.

In your eyes, what is Wi-Fi’s biggest impact on the world?

The biggest impact of Wi-Fi has been bringing consistent and affordable connectivity to all users everywhere around the world, and making communication with friends and family much easier by providing a solid foundation for internet access.

“I am proud to have had a role in Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6, which is the ideal choice for any environment because it enables lower battery consumption and meets high security and interoperability standards. Its deployment will increase rapidly in 2020 and beyond, providing a new generation of Wi-Fi innovation for automotive, network access, industrial, and IoT markets.”

What is one Wi-Fi technology that will transform the Wi-Fi experience?

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6, with addition of Wi-Fi 6 in 6 GHz (Wi-Fi 6E), will transform the Wi-Fi experience dramatically in congested environments by providing wider channels, additional capacity, and lower latency.


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Manish Kumar

Manish is a Fellow at NXP Semiconductor and has been working in Wi-Fi technology for over ten years and has several patents. He leads all NXP Wi-Fi Alliance standard and product development activities. He currently Chairs the Wi-Fi Alliance Marketing Task Group for Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi EasyMesh and Display programs. He is also the Vice Chair for Wi-Fi Easy Connect and Wi-Fi Optimized Connectivity Technical Task Groups at Wi-Fi Alliance. He was the Technical Editor for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 and developed the software stack for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast for Marvell Wi-Fi (now NXP) launched in 2012. He started his career at C-DOT India and worked at Hughes Network Systems and Enterasys (Now Extreme) Networks US. He has an MBA from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and BS in Electrical Engineering from CSU Long Beach.