Industrial Wi-Fi 6 Rollout Still Slow, but Things Could Change

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By Kangrui Ling | 4Q 2020 | IN-5956


Slow but Steady Start to Wi-Fi 6


While the next generation of Wi-Fi technology, Wi-Fi 6, was certified and released last year in September 2019, it has been off to a slow start due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. We initially saw chipset production being disrupted due to supply chain breaks when factories began to shut down production, and an increase in shipment prices as freight and transportation costs increased. Furthermore, the closure of public venues, such as stadiums and drops in hotel accommodation rates, also slowed the adoption of Wi-Fi 6.

Regardless, Wi-Fi 6 keeps advancing technologically to generate more value for business applications. For example, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released 1200 Megahertz (MHz) of spectrum in the 6 Gigahertz (GHz) band for unlicensed usage in April this year, which will be used for the next technological advancement, Wi-Fi 6e. This will create new value for business applications as it increases spectrum availability, enhances throughput, and frees up channel space from legacy clients. Also, in December 2019, the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) spearheaded …

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