The smartphone revolution has triggered an insatiable appetite for mobile access to information. The GSM Association estimates there are more than 8.98 billion mobile connections worldwide, surpassing today’s world population of 7.69 billion according to U.N. figures.
Many devices rely on Wi-Fi connectivity, creating the need for a fast and secure wireless service that provides uninterrupted experiences for users. There also is a growing requirement to support 4K/8K video, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) and IoT apps.
Wi-Fi 6 supports new applications on existing Wireless LAN (WLAN) infrastructure. From a connectivity perspective, Wi-Fi 6 offers the best online experience yet. Previously, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) referred to the latest generation Wi-Fi standard as 802.11ax. Wi-Fi 6 is part of a revised naming scheme developed by the Wi-Fi Alliance to make it simpler for consumers to recognize which of the IEEE 802.11 standards each Wi-Fi device supports. The new naming system identifies Wi-Fi generations by a numerical sequence which correspond to major advancements in Wi-Fi. That means 802.11ax is Wi-Fi 6, 802.11ac is now Wi-Fi 5, and 802.11n is Wi-Fi 4.
Wi-Fi devices may also depend on a user interface icon to display a Wi-Fi signal indicator and a numerical representation of the connection. When a device displays a signal indicator icon accompanied by the number 6, indicating a Wi-Fi 6 connection, users will know that the device is using the latest version of Wi-Fi.
Wi-Fi 6 brings multi-gigabit speeds four times as fast as previous versions, and performs well in dense environments including stadiums, concert halls and other public venues. Top improvements include:
Wi-Fi 6 is on a faster rollout out than 5G with migration taking place in phases. Samsung has introduced its new Galaxy S10 series, the world’s first smartphone platform operating on the Wi-Fi 6 standard. Also, vendors like ASUS, Cisco, D-Link, Huawei, Netgear and TP-Link already have Wi-Fi 6 access point merchandise available, showing strong market potential.