I recently wrote an article about a business changing life changing technology called 5G. It makes a world of vastly more information to us with vastly more speed. As this technology rolls out another technology that works hand-in-hand with 5G is also being rolled out which vastly multiplies the force of 5G. It is called Wi-Fi 6.
5G and Wi-Fi 6 are complementary to each other and bring better performance to the enterprise. Together, they bring higher data rates and new applications while increasing number capacity with the ability to connect more devices. With improvements in speed, latency and density of connected devices, Wi-Fi 6 is ideal for indoor enterprise networks. High-speed transportation and traveling in the car on the highway make 5G the preferred carrier for outdoor networks.
Wi-Fi 6 is easily implemented with upgrades of routers and mesh networks. The cost is comparatively low for local enterprises. 5G will take more time to implement in a broad area but I estimate that within three years it will be comprehensive. It will raise the gross domestic product of your business and your nation.
Now for some of the techie stuff: The official designation for Wi-Fi 6 is 802.11ax. It is designed to support transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps (10 Gigabits per second). With the advent of Wi-Fi 6 the Wi-Fi Alliance simplified the naming conventions. In addition, the developer community has added dimensionality to the product.
Wi-Fi six improved the number of bits that can be transmitted at the same time using a technique called Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM). The previous version Wi-Fi 5 is based on 512 – QAM Wi-Fi six uses 1024-QAM resulting in a 25% speed improvement.
Additionally Wi-Fi 6 breaks each channel into small chunks allowing each client to get its own dedicated bit of bandwidth. The protocol is called Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA). It is a form packet switching.
What happens if you ignore 5G and Wi-Fi 6? I think that you risk the probability that one day you’ll wake up and your company will wonder why it doesn’t have customers anymore? The answer is your competitors have become more responsive faster to the market needs and your customers will be doing business with them. We have entered a world that now moves faster with more information and we all need to become part of that world.
A new technology was introduced in 2018 that is about to change worldwide telecommunications. It is the fifth-generation cellular technology hence its name 5G. It is also known as 5G NR (5G New Radio). Not only will it be much faster, but latency time will be dramatically shorter. Initially data communications will start in the 300 to 500 Mb per second range and grow to the 10 Gb per second and then 20 Gb per second speeds will become normal.
Some of the 5G benefits that have been talked about in common discussion points:
Because 5G virtually eliminates latency means that a surgeon may not have to be in the same room as a patient in the future.
Ericsson Company says: “Inspired by the benefits of 5G technology, Ericsson is collaborating with King’s College London to form exciting industry partnerships with the view to improve quality of life and work in society through technology innovation. Carefully chosen partners are enabling compelling research into key technological fields, dreaming up new applications and services to influence a variety of industries and disrupt our preconceptions.
The 5G research being undertaken in the fields of medicine, education, gaming and culture is expanding the limits of technological imagination, whether it’s by using the internet to facilitate surgery on the other side of the planet, drastically reducing latency for truly immersive mobile gaming experiences, making expert skills and knowledge available to anyone through remote transfer, or allowing musicians scattered across the globe to play together in harmony.”
Tim Baxter, President Samsung US has said: “The key to realizing 5G is finding the right match between network capabilities and use cases. Such a formula creates flexibility that will allow different applications, each with their different demands, to thrive. While some 5G applications will require a national ecosystem – an ubiquitous network and devices that can access and utilize that network – others will thrive when powered by small scale networks that operate at a local or even venue level.
In our neighborhoods, 5G will bring broadband-level data speeds via easily-installed Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) points that enable connected home solutions such as 4K streaming, wireless gaming and security, and IoT solutions. For businesses, the high speed and low latency of 5G via FWA will enable venue-based service and hospitality platforms that enhance guest experiences using video, photo, augmented reality, and crowd management services.
On the other hand, regional corridors of 5G connectivity between urban centers will enable a different set of use cases for applications where constant connectivity is critical, but the services are only required in a somewhat restricted geographic area.
This type of network will turn trains and buses and roadways into 5G-powered environments, enabling passengers to access enhanced services while they ride, powering connected driving experiences, smart traffic lights and roadways and eventually autonomous vehicles. 5G corridors will provide backhaul to other wired and wireless networks – enabling further broadband access and completion — and they will enable enhanced fleet management and emergency services as trucks and ambulances better navigate cities and traffic.”