802.11ah, also known as Wi-Fi HaLow, is sub-1 GHz Wi-Fi technology designed to better support Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The technology offers a number of considerable technical advantages over alternative Wi-Fi and wireless technologies, including lower power consumption, a longer range (up to 1 km), support for up to 8,000 stations, variable and higher data rates (150 Kbps up to 78 Mbps per spatial stream), reduced interference, and single hop connectivity. HaLow is therefore well-suited to a number of IoT vertical markets including the smart home, industrial sensor networks, asset management, retail, video surveillance, smart cities, building automation, and connected agriculture, among others. However, while the standard was ratified in 2016, since then it has received very limited attention from chipset designers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) alike. Three years later, as HaLow chipsets and Intellectual Property (IP) are finally hitting the market, ABI Research asks, does Wi-Fi HaLow have a future?
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