The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has launched a technical document that promotes the benefits of the latest version of the ugly brother of the world of telecommunications, wifi.
With the world of 5G approaching, wifi enthusiasts have seized the opportunity to highlight the relevance of technology. Although it is often overlooked as a critical component of today’s connected world, almost 70% of smart phone data is transmitted over Wi-Fi networks, covering the weak cellular signal due to the distance of cell sites or weak indoor coverage.
The introduction of next-generation Wi-Fi technology, 802.11ax, is designed to “revolutionize” the industry, according to the WBA, by allowing a new range of opportunities that benefit operators, businesses and end users. Both as an independent business and to facilitate the early delivery of many cases of use of 5G, the AMB states that 802.11ax will open the Wi-Fi market.
“The investment in 802.11ax offers operators and companies a compelling proposal to dramatically accelerate the delivery of 5G use cases, at a much lower cost,” said Tiago Rodrigues, WBA General Manager.
“However, it should not be seen as ‘only the next evolution in Wi-Fi technology’ that can complement mobile phones, the WBA has developed this document as part of its business to raise awareness about 802.11ax as an independent technology, providing new capabilities that can be used by the entire industry to address a whole new set of opportunities and use cases. ”
Regarding the new features, the WBA believes that 802.11ax can solve a series of commercial challenges that operators and companies face today. First, the multiuser MIMO uplink and downlink to increase the channel capacity when serving multiple simultaneous devices. Another interesting feature is Target Wake Time that would allow IoT devices to sleep to reduce access containment and awakening at the programmed time intervals to improve the battery life of the device. Finally, flexible channel sizes and resource units will allow operators to offer more efficient IoT support, such as connections that require lower data rates.
Wi-Fi is a very important aspect of the connected world, although it does not receive a great deal of attention. Some might expect this to change and that we make the transition to the 5G economy, although we suspect not.