Another evolution of WiFi, 802.11ax, is now available for certification of the global Wi-Fi Alliance consortium announced today. The technology, which is sold as "WiFi 6," claims to significantly improve network performance for a more diverse set of devices and specialized requirements. Like the benefits offered by 5G providers, WiFi 6 will provide higher speed, lower latency, higher energy efficiency, increased capacity and increased range, depending on the group. He also boasted that WiFi now transports more than half of all global internet traffic. WiFi 6 certified products will provide "almost four times higher bandwidth than WiFi 5" and will increase operators' ability to offload equipment based on their environment and requirements, including low power consumption scenarios, low latency, industrial IoT and demanding corporate applications, according to the group . Formalization of a well-defined standard "Companies were up to date on the development of this certification program and the date on which WiFi 6 certification will be ready. The market has already begun - the chips have been manufactured and are already being shipped in products, "Philip Solis, Research Director at IDC responsible for smartphone connectivity and semiconductors, wrote in an e-mail reply. "Certification allows companies to ensure interoperability and then mark their products" WiFi 6 ", which is easier for most people to understand than the letters IEEE - in this case 802.11ax," explained Solis. WiFi 6 enters the market on an almost parallel track with 5G, and that's why most providers implement strategies that provide new opportunities offered by both technologies in line. "It's a coincidence that newer versions of both WiFi and cellular technology are appearing around the same time," said Solis. "They will both benefit, for example, because people get used to the speed of data transmission WiFi 6 can provide, they will want faster mobile data speeds and vice versa. 5G will eventually have great outdoor coverage, while WiFi will still rely mainly on indoor coverage, although you'll see both in different places. " Qualcomm released WiFi 6 products for cellular networks and environments, and earlier this year Cisco launched a series of new access points and core switches to complement their 5G efforts. These devices, including thousands of others, are now likely to undergo certification. Since its establishment in 2000, the Wi-Fi Alliance has completed over 50,000 certificates, and the list of its supporters sounds like a person who deals with technology in all aspects of the industry. Aruba, Asus, AT&T, Boingo, Broadcom, Cisco, Comcast, CommScope, Cypress, Extreme Networks, Intel, Netgear, Orange, Qualcomm, TP-Link, Xiaomi and others have issued statements praising the development of certification. WiFi 6 at the rate of 2020. Push Although WiFi 6 has broad support, it is unlikely to reach many networks by 2020, it shares another similarity with 5G. "The first WiFi 6 devices are now available," adds Solis. "Usually, the temporary lack of Wi-Fi certifications does not inhibit the market because the chips are developing with the almost final IEEE standard and the Wi-Fi Alliance direction. ... By the end of the year there will be many computers with Wi-Fi 6 and more Wi-Fi access points, including Wi-Fi access points with Wi-Fi 6. " The certification program aims to ensure that the devices support interoperability and many of the advances identified as key to the WiFi 6 standard, including: multiple access to orthogonal frequency division (OFDMA), next generation of WPA3 WiFi security, multiple multi-user input (MU-MIMO ), 160 megahertz channels to increase throughput, target wake-up time, 1024 quadrature amplitude modulation (1024 QAM) and beam transmission. Manufacturers who obtain certification will be entitled to mark their products with a badge. Samsung Galaxy Note10 was named the first smartphone that obtained the WiFi 6 certificate. The iPhone 11 devices just announced by Apple also support this standard, but it is not clear whether the manufacturer obtained certification. According to the network, Broadcom, Cypress, Intel, Marvell, Qualcomm and Ruckus network equipment and silicon have also been certified. "At this point, WiFi 6 is becoming a mainstream - it's the end of the beginning," said Tiago Rodrigues, CEO of Wireless Broadband Alliance, which promotes WiFi interoperability, in a prepared statement. "There are still a few things to watch out for and challenges to solve. It will not necessarily be simply ripping and replacing existing equipment because you will need some planning and reconfiguration. "
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