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Near universal support for WI-FI 6

According to a cross-industry survey, conducted by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), 90 per cent of respondents are planning to deploy Wi-Fi 6 with 66 per cent saying they plan to deploy the next iteration of Wi-Fi before the end of 2020.

While the WBA has been driving the adoption of WI-FI 6 even they have been surprised by the survey’s findings, which suggest that Wi-Fi 6 will very quickly become part of the landscape for service providers, enterprises and consumers.

Key findings from the survey include:

  • 78 per cent of those surveyed find the 6 GHz extension to be very important or important to their current or future network strategy.
  • The role of Wi-Fi or unlicensed spectrum was the most important factor to consider in terms of strategy for network evolution and 5G, for about half of respondents.
  • ·Next Generation Hotspot (NGH)/Passpoint continues to gain in popularity, with 40 per cent of those surveyed saying they would incorporate the Wi-Fi roaming technology before the end of 2020.
  • A further 37 per cent plan to implement the technology, but have not set a firm date.
  • Within three years, IoT and vertical industry applications are expected to become the leading revenue driver for Wi-Fi, with 45 per cent placing it in their top three expected revenue sources.

When it comes to applications they range from in-flight Wi-Fi to multi-faceted smart city projects.

2020 looks set to become the breakout year for Wi-Fi 6, in what is fast becoming one of the most dynamic periods anyone involved with Wi-Fi has seen.

For a technology that has been around for over 20 years it looks very much like Wi-Fi platforms will help to drive a whole new generation of use cases and revenues.

Neil Tyler

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