Similar to new innovative smartphone features such as camera quality and face detection, the demand for higher internet speeds never comes to a halt. Have you ever wondered why local area wireless network technologies such as Wi-Fi are continuously improved? A larger part of the work that goes into improving Wi-Fi technology has mainly got to do with the connectivity speed.
Unlike cellular networks such as 4G and 5G that are designed for exclusive bands of frequencies, WiFi is based on shared frequency spectrum. Unlike exclusive bands, shared frequency spectrum are unlicensed and are openly accessible. And due to the open source nature, congestion occurs in the frequency spectrum, leading to slowing down Wi-Fi speed issues such as lag and latency.
However, the local area wireless network landscape has seen technologies borrowed from cellular networks into the Wi-Fi territory. This holds true for the latest version of the Wi-Fi, known as WiFi 6E. Official reports have come that the new Wi-Fi 6E makes use of 5G wireless technologies for improvements in several areas.
Read below to know what the 5G-related technologies for WiFi 6E are:
Two essential elements that WiFi6E share with 5G
Transmission technologies and signal modulation techniques are The two technologies that the new WiFi 6E uses which is also integrated in 5G. To go specific, Multi-User Multiple, Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO), and beamforming are the two transmission technologies that the new WiFi 6E employs. One of the most popular and efficient signal modulation techniques, that is Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA). It is worth mentioning that another version of the new WiFi, that is the WiFi 6, also integrates these two technologies that have been used for 5G. These technologies in WiFi 6 and 6E will help eliminate major issues such as lag and latency that are traditionally experienced in current-generation WiFi.
Is the new-generation name of WiFi 6 and 6E associated with the 6 GHz band?
There have been numerous discussions amongst tech enthusiasts and in online tech forums as to whether or not WiFi 6 and 6E’s name is associated with the 6 GHz frequency band that it will be based in. Well this is not clear, it is confirmed that the 6 GHz frequency band will bring drastic improvements in the new generation WiFi technology. According to several experts, there is little or no noise in the 6 GHz frequency band which means clearer connections for the new generation Wi-Fi 6 and 6E.
Will hardware upgradation be necessary for accessing WiFi 6E?
Many concerns over hardware upgradation for WiFi 6E have risen over the past few months. Just like it was the case for 5G connection, it will be important to upgrade hardware in order to access the full potential of the new WiFi 6E. In other words, it simply means you will have to upgrade to a new Wi-Fi router, a new Wi-Fi 6E compatible smartphone, and PC/laptop. The Wi-Fi antennas in these upcoming electronic devices will be designed to access the new 6 GHz frequency band for faster and noise-free internet connectivity.
Tech news leak exports speculate that new WiFi routers, smartphones, PCs, laptops, and cameras that are compatible with the new Wi-Fi 6E will be launched either in late 2020 or in early 2021. Given the fact that the world is going through a major crisis right now, the odds are great that the timeframe for the worldwide launches of WiFi 6E-compatible electronic devices will be postponed for 2021. However, the international tech market might see early launches if the current situation improves in a matter of a couple of months.
With that being said, it’s also important to note that the electronic devices that you currently own will not become obsolete. Also, upcoming WiFi6 and 6E routers will be designed to work with the current generation standards.
The improvements that WiFi 6E brings will benefit various industries
It goes without saying that the improvements in lag and latency-free internet connectivity in WiFi 6E will prove to be highly beneficial in various industries. One of the biggest benefits will be immunity to interference. This will be highly beneficial in live events and corporate working environments where multiple WiFi systems are integrated.
Another significant improvement that will benefit various industries is seamless support for data-heavy communication. Corporates will be the ones who will reap the most benefit out of this improvement. This is because the support for data-heavy communication will open up more room for integrating and deploying larger bandwidth channels. Large-scale live corporate events such as business summits, product launches, and networking events, will benefit from the seamless and efficient wireless connectivity ecosystem that the new Wi-Fi 6E will be able to create.
Important things that the WiFi alliance has to say about the new WiFi 6E
The WiFi alliance has made several public announcements about the new WiFi 6E. According to the WiFi alliance, the new Wi-Fi 6E will build a proper foundation for the further improvements that will be made on Wi-Fi technology till the next decade.
The Wi-Fi alliance has also noted out one important point that the new WiFi 6E will improve customer experience to a significant extent. New WiFi 6E-compatible electronic gadgets such as wearables, smartphones, and augmented reality and virtual reality devices will have faster connectivity and see improvements in internet connection-related features such as app synchronisation and cloud integration.