Following the release of WBA Annual Industry Report 2024Tiago Rodriguez, CEO Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA)has revealed 10 predictions for 2024 and beyond that he believes will change the way communities and businesses around the world use wireless technology, including increased connectivity, efficiency, and new consumer experiences.
10 Wi-Fi predictions for 2024 and beyond
1. 10Gbps speeds will become commonplace in the future
As fiber broadband adoption continues to expand in most developed and developing markets, home Wi-Fi networks will need to be upgraded to pass increased bandwidth to devices, leading to Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 6E. -Facilitates rapid adoption of Fi. Fi7.
The rapid adoption of Wi-Fi 6E/7 will also be facilitated by access to additional spectrum in the 6GHz band as more countries open up the band.
2. Wi-Fi 7 features power immersive experiences and advance gaming and video content
A recent report from Bain & Company predicts that global video game revenues could grow an additional 50% over the next five years.
In a sport where milliseconds count, network equipment is just as important to gaming as the speed of the gaming equipment. Wi-Fi 7 is key to delivering speed and near-zero latency, allowing game developers to break new barriers with immersive experiences. His Wi-Fi 7 client devices with Qualcomm chipsets have already been released in 2023, and more are expected to be released in 2024.
3. Growth of OpenRoaming Integration with private 5G and IoT networks will continue and expand in 2024, reaching a tipping point of exponential growth by 2026 when tens of millions of hotspots will be enabled. Adoption of OpenRoaming (powered by Passpoint) continues to increase as more brands and identity providers realize the value of federation that enables seamless connectivity access across different networks.
Four. As convergence progresses, private and/or public 5G services will become accessible via Wi-Fi. Over the next few years, network administrators will continue to deploy Wi-Fi and cellular, deploying Wi-Fi 6E/7 in indoor, on-campus, and fixed network environments, and 5G/cellular in outdoor, off-campus, and mobile environments. It is expected that.
Rather than competing with 5G for new high-performance use cases, the Wi-Fi community continues to work on coexistence with 5G, especially around identity management, authentication, and policy management.
Five. NaaS (Network as a Service) goes beyond early adopters (such as managed Wi-Fi in multiple apartment units) to traditional It will spread quickly to businesses.
NaaS is attracting customers because it accelerates and simplifies device deployment in today's faster equipment replacement cycles and improves security by delivering continuous security updates that prevent and mitigate breaches and outages. .
6. The role of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning) are not to be overstated as adaptive AI is exploding on networks, from enabling Automatic Frequency Adjustment (AFC) to predicting network resource needs. You can not. AI helps enterprises and ISPs speed up troubleshooting. Streamline monitoring. Predict outages, equipment failures, and performance degradation.
7. outdoor AFC Initially, it will be successful in connecting rural areas of the country that have opened up most of the 6GHz spectrum to Wi-Fi. We expect his 6 GHz low-power indoor (LP) device with an average transmit power of 24 dBm to become rapidly popular for indoor applications such as residential mesh, indoor public venues, and high-density corporate networks. Masu.
We also expect 6 GHz ultra-low power indoor (VPI) devices with up to 14 dBm transmit power to be quickly adopted for short-range indoor applications such as AR/VR/XR, streaming, and gaming. These device classes do not require automatic frequency coordination (AFC) coordination with incumbents.
8. new IoT technology Unify connectivity between multiple home devices and transform the IoT device experience for home users. Important – New industry standards announced in 2023 provide reliable and secure connectivity across multiple device manufacturers. Given the importance of the companies involved (Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung SmartThings, etc.), adoption of Matter-certified products is expected to increase rapidly over the next three years, making Wi-Fi central to smart connected homes and buildings. role will be demonstrated. .
9. TIP Open Wi-Fi pilot projects and trials The benefits offered by the cost-effective and open disassembly model will make it popular in developing countries and price-sensitive markets. Established wireless local area network (WLAN) vendors continue to drive cost efficiency in these markets through significant investments in machine learning and AI, and integrated Wi-Fi + 5G services for enterprises. I'll go.
Ten. Augmented reality and virtual reality Indoor broadband networks will need to adapt to improved user interfaces and network capabilities to accommodate larger user groups, which will become an even larger part of daily life at home and at work.
According to Bloomberg, the Metaverse economy is expected to generate $800 billion by 2025 and $2.5 trillion by 2030. Therefore, the Metaverse is a future universe. Big brands are investing heavily in this technology.
Tiago Rodriguez, Wireless Broadband Alliance CEOSaid:
“These are exciting times for Wi-Fi, with technologies like OpenRoaming becoming more widely available than ever to address challenges in areas such as guest Wi-Fi provisioning, IoT deployments, and private cellular networks. The HaLow program has generated significant interest in low-power extended range Wi-Fi, and we look forward to working with the Wi-Fi ecosystem to develop industry trials for Wi-Fi 7 during 2024. Masu.”
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