WiFi 7 It is emerging as one of the most important areas of investment in new communication technologies. This is one of the key findings from the latest cross-industry survey of service providers, technology vendors and businesses by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), the global industry body dedicated to improving Wi-Fi standards and services.
According to the industry body, Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), Wi-Fi 6E is now the de facto industry standard, with 53% having already deployed the technology and 44% already working on plans to adopt Wi-Fi 6E in the next 12-18 months.
But as expected, technology and standards are not taking any rest.
The WBA Annual Industry Report 2023 It reveals that 33% of service providers, technology vendors, and enterprises already have plans to deploy Wi-Fi 7 by the end of 2023.
Wi-Fi 7 will extend existing Wi-Fi capabilities with new technologies, such as multi-link operation and time-sensitive networking – ideal for Industry 4.0 Applications – While utilizing the 6GHz spectrum dynamically with automatic frequency coordination.
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The spread of Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 7 is driven by the growing appetite for data-intensive, low-latency applications and use cases, from smart cities and immersive technologies like the futuristic metaverse to Industry 4.0.
Newer Wi-Fi technologies provide better scheduling and greater interference management, which survey respondents now see as essential to support high-quality video, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and other advanced consumer experiences.
The report provided in detail a renewed focus on Experience Quality (QoE) to end users, with 90% of service providers, equipment manufacturers and businesses now rating it as a key differentiator in monetizing their Wi-Fi services.
The report noted that 61% of respondents identified services such as HD video streaming, augmented reality, virtual reality and potential metaverse applications as key revenue opportunities.
“In a post-pandemic world, consumers and businesses are expecting and relying on Wi-Fi more than ever before. Immersive experiences, low-latency applications, and seamless roaming will drive the Wi-Fi industry for the foreseeable future.”
WBA OpenRoaming quickly assemble
global momentum of WBA OpenRoamingWhich reached the milestone of 1 million hotspots in early 2022, also confirmed by the report.
OpenRoaming allows users to automatically and securely connect to millions of Wi-Fi networks around the world without the need for logins, registrations or passwords, making it easy to connect “always”.
pass point The technology eliminates the friction typically associated with preparation and shutdown between hotspots. The WBA report says 62% of service providers, equipment manufacturers and companies worldwide have already deployed Passpoint/OpenRoaming technology or plan to do so by the end of 2023.
Another 25% are expected to deploy this technology by 2025. Of those who embrace OpenRoaming, 51% said the main driver was to improve the overall customer experience.
Convergence is critical
Other key findings in the report reinforce the need for the convergence of Wi-Fi and cellular technologies in order to create a seamless user experience:
- In enterprise markets, 70% say Wi-Fi and 5G will coexist, while 61% say convergence will support enhanced flexibility for enterprise services.
- 53% said that the convergence of licensed and unlicensed technologies is critical or important to the current business strategy
according to Thiago Rodriguez, CEO of the Wireless Broadband Alliance, the industry is working to identify the increasing value of Wi-Fi technology in the wake of highly anticipated new use cases. He added that service providers, equipment manufacturers and companies around the world know that these use cases are best served in a converged environment, where Wi-Fi and 5G complement each other.
“We’re seeing the industry progress at a rapid pace toward Wi-Fi 7, with mobile network operators taking advantage of Wi-Fi as part of 5G strategies to increase coverage and improve capacity — it’s all about the user experience.”
“This includes how people and things connect to networks – automatically, securely while ensuring privacy, and that’s where OpenRoaming provides the key component,” he continued.
But before you start debating whether to upgrade directly to Wi-Fi 7, since it’s backwards compatible, to reap the speed benefits, you’ll need to upgrade all Wi-Fi connected devices. This could be a very high price to pay even during the early days when the standards are still finding their roots – sometime in 2024.