Why Wi-Fi 6 is the new competitive edge for small business

April 25, 2019 Kelly Robinson

The emergence of 5G has some speculating about the future of wifi. Is wifi dead? 

Just in case you are among those wondering, I’m here to say heaven’s no.  Wifi is not dead. Read on to find out if wifi 6 can live up to the hype and the benefits it can bring your business

Spruce up your apps and mobiles as extreme wireless is about change to everything as we know it.

For starters. 802.11ax is the sixth generation of wifi and will simply be known as wifi 6. The new standard builds on the strengths of 802.11ac or wifi 5 while adding efficiency, flexibility and scalability. Wifi 6 also has four times the capacity for more devices than wifi 5. And wifi 6 is Internet of Things (IoT) optimised to support flexible channel sizes and resources units that allow operators to offer more efficient IoT support. If that isn’t enough, 5G carrier-based wireless — are expected to deliver speeds of up to 20 Gb/s in ideal conditions and 100 Mb/s as a minimum — is going to start rolling out broadly, bringing the promise of dramatically better performance for small businesses and mobile education, entertainment and workers everywhere.  

Wifi 6 works with high-speed Gigabit Ethernet wireless like 5G while providing the reliability and predictability typically found in licensed radio. This advancement in performance for new and existing networks increases speed and capacity for the next generation of advanced applications, such as seamless mobile roaming, 4K or 8K video, high-definition collaboration apps, all-wireless offices and the IoT, even in high-density environments.

Is wifi 6 worth the wait for small business?

For small businesses, the advantages wifi 6 brings over its 802.11 predecessors will be worth the wait. Why? Because wifi 6 is a new emerging standard technology being rolled out that promises to make processing large amounts of data, rich media and an enormous amount of analytics more affordable and seamless. It will offer its own advantages in speed and performance. 

According to NetworkChuck on YouTube, Chuck Keith a Cisco Networking and Collaboration guru, “We have a new wireless standard — 802.11ax or wifi 6 — and it’s amazing. It’s not just faster, it changes the game. Because of multiple access is achieved in Orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA), where each person gets a sliver of the wifi highway. This is huge for IoT; It’s huge for conferences, where you have tons of people connecting to one AP, like Cisco Live.”

Wifi 6 will improve digital experiences.

The new technology will likely change everyone’s digital experience. No more waiting for Internet searches. Uploading videos to YouTube will be so fast that you won’t have time to type the title before it’s processed and ready for viewing. Video conferencing will become as ordinary as phone calls and a more enjoyable experience.

This will open up new and expanded possibilities for new forms of international and local partnerships. Conferencing will be seamless, breaking down work silos into a common collaborative teamwork workstyle. It’ll offer a more relaxed partnership with people sharing family and healthy lifestyles, training and education, and entertainment. A seamless network will be the norm for businesses with less constraints and countless vertical applications and new innovations benefiting teleworkers and clusters of workgroups — from home or busy conference rooms and shared spaces.

Wifi 6 is expected to improve the experience of almost all small businesses: companies opening branch offices, startups, architects developing new office designs and IT professionals looking to build out and upgrade offices. Workers who want to work anywhere with any device will communicate more reliably and quickly in new conference rooms or office spaces. Many businesses who install new IoT devices to increase safety and efficiency can count on extending the connectivity and battery life of these devices. 

Wifi 6 for small businesses is a revolutionary game changer leading to greater productivity and innovation and which will lead to the addition of many new IoT, business and consumer applications and devices for many years to come. 

Begin your transition to next gen mobility with wifi 6.  Find out more here.

 

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