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Although WiFi is a technology known by all, its developments are more discreet than those related to cellular networks. Since the appearance of WiFi in 1999, a new standard has been released every five years. WiFi 6, called IEEE 802.11ax, was approved by the WiFi Alliance in September 2019. But what promises does this new standard bring?
Like any technology, WiFi evolves at a rate aligned with consumer needs. Cisco forecasts that by 2022, 51% of all internet traffic will derive from WiFi connected devices. WiFi 6 will therefore gradually be deployed to a dynamic market, as compatible terminals and equipment are renewed.
Currently, WiFi 5 already allows an exceptional quality of service on both 2.4 and 5 Ghz bands with different ranges and speeds for each frequency. But the theoretical speed of a WiFi 6 access point is over 40% higher than that provided by WiFi 5, in addition to further enhancements:
Despite the relatively short life cycle of consumer devices, the evolution towards WiFi 6 will, however, remain to be very gradual throughout 2020 and 2021, for two reasons:
The market nevertheless predicts that in 2022, more than half of all new wireless access points will be WiFi 6 compatible:
We believe that WiFi and 5G are complementary technologies for several reasons:
The imminent arrival of WiFi 6 will, therefore, promise a significant improvement for WiFi technology. However, with the slow but gradual adoption of WiFi 6, WiFi 5 is still a fantastic technology with over 8 billion chipsets sold each year and a dominant market place. Ultimately, there are many factors to consider when deciding which technology is right for you today, and Wifirst is here to help you to make an informed decision.
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