The Wi-Fi Alliance periodically improves Wi-Fi to improve the performance of this technology. However, the new standard, Wifi 6E, should allow users to take advantage of significant improvements, be it in terms of latency, speed, or interference.
A significant improvement in WiFi
As our colleagues at The Verge explain, it’s like going from a street with two votes to a street with six votes. But how is that possible? Currently, devices that use Wi-Fi use the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.
With Wifi 6E, however, parts of the 6 GHz band can also be used, so that Wifi can therefore use a wider spectrum. The following animation, published by the Wi-Fi Alliance, explains this move towards Wifi 6E technology.
The Wi-Fi Alliance begins certifying devices
The media has been talking about this WiFi improvement for several months. And this year Wifi 6 will finally be available on devices. In a press release, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced the start of the certification program for devices that want to use this new standard.
“The global interoperability of 6E Wi-Fi devices ensures rapid adoption and innovation at 6 GHz.”said Edgar Figueroa, President and CEO of the Wi-Fi Alliance. “Users will soon have unparalleled WiFi that dramatically improves apps and opens up new use cases that transform their connected experiences. “”
The first WiFi 6E certified devices will be released shortly
The first Wi-Fi 6E certified devices should be released soon. Some of these could be featured at CES in Las Vegas in a few days. In addition, IDC predicts that this new standard should be rolled out quickly in 2021. This year, 338 million certified devices could hit the market.
“This year, we expect new Wi-Fi 6E chipsets from several companies as well as a multitude of new Wi-Fi 6E smartphones, PCs and laptops in the first quarter of 2021, followed by announcements of televisions and TV VR products in the middle of the year”says Phil Solis, director of research at IDC.
Many countries have already approved the move to WiFi 6E
In addition, many regulators have already opened part of the 6 GHz spectrum to WLAN. This includes the FCC, the telecommunications authority in the USA. The Wifi Alliance also states that the United Kingdom, Europe, Chile, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates have already provided 6 GHz for WiFi.
Other countries, including Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Taiwan, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, and Jordan, are on the brink of persecution.