Sunday, October 1, 2023

Where Is Wi-Fi Heading?

By Cees Links, GM of Qorvo Wireless Connectivity Business Unit, Formerly Founder & CEO of GreenPeak Technologies

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4. We need a successor for IEEE 802.11ax for increasing the bandwidth of the indoor distributed Wi-Fi infrastructure. 15-25 Gb/s would be a good target. The goal should be to make 60 GHz IEEE 802.11ad relevant; maybe by defining that role for IEEE 802.11ay.

5. The near future for IEEE 802.11ad and 802.11ay still looks quite bleak. Longer term, if the infrastructure is in place, then these standards will become relevant.

6. The DOCSIS 3.1 FD local loop coming to our homes providing higher speed access will make tremendous improvements to what at this moment is the real bottleneck.

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7. Finally, there are opportunities to solve the problem in a smarter way than brute force raw data rates. An edge router functionality between the cloud and the end nodes can take away the pressure from the on-ramps and off-ramps of the Internet highway.

The best for Wi-Fi is yet to come, but it is important to look at the broader context to understand the relevance and the timing of all its new varieties.



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