Convergence creates a pervasive connectivity fabric.
This paper overviews the evolution of Wi-Fi and how it addresses the new connectivity requirements driven by increased data volumes, latency-sensitive traffic, and IoT applications – and how it will meet the IMT-2020 vision together with 5G. With the introduction of new functionality and improved performance, Wi-Fi evolution continues unabated since the ratification of the IEEE 802.11 standard in 1997. The upcoming Wi-Fi 6 captures most of today’s attention with its increase in throughput, spectrum efficiency and device battery life, but the evolution of Wi-Fi covers more ground – including traffic management, security, new spectrum bands, and integration with cellular – to accommodate new use cases, especially for IoT applications, smart-city deployments, and latency-sensitive traffic.
©2019 Senza Fili
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