How Will Wi-Fi 6 and 6E Intersect with 5G?

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By Andrew Zignani | 3Q 2020 | IN-5895


5G and Wi-Fi Continue to Evolve


5G technology will not only bring support for enhanced mobile broadband, but also massive low-power Internet of things (IoT) applications, alongside much better support for mission-critical IoT applications, to enable ultra-reliable, high throughput, low-latency, robust, and resilient communications in areas such as industrial manufacturing, remote surgery, and autonomous vehicles, among many others. At the same time, however, Wi-Fi continues to evolve with Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E, bringing new benefits for a variety of applications, many of which are likely to overlap and intersect with potential 5G use cases.

Wi-Fi 6 technology represents the next phase of Wi-Fi’s evolution in the 2.4 Gigahertz (GHz) and 5 GHz bands, but it is more than just faster Wi-Fi we normally think of with traditional Wi-Fi upgrades. New enhancements, such as Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) helps reduce frequency fading and interference issues, resulting in increased throughput, lower latency, and more efficient use of the spectrum. This helps Wi-Fi 6 deliver significantly higher cap…

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