Next-gen Wifi Set to Drive Mo­bil­ity for Genx

Mo­bile and Video Gen­er­a­tion is al­ways look­ing at free­dom (mo­bil­ity) and rich me­dia con­tent, and Wifi’s next gen stan­dard is push­ing for­ward both these fac­tors for Genx

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As the end cus­tomers look for mo­bil­ity and ease of use, WiFi is set to gain fur­ther mo­men­tum. If we look at the stan­dards, the next gen WiFi - IEEE 802.11ac is the fifth gen­er­a­tion in Wi-Fi net­work­ing stan­dards and is set to bring fast, high qual­ity video stream­ing and nearly in­stan­ta­neous data sync­ing and backup to the con­ver­gence friendly de­vices like tablets, note­books, and smart phones or mo­biles that have be­come an in­te­gral part of the end cus­tomer’s life­style now.

IEEE 802.11ac is a wire­less com­puter net­work­ing stan­dard of 802.11 cur­rently un­der de­vel­op­ment which will pro­vide high through­put Wire­less Lo­cal Area Net­works (WLAN) on the 5 GHz band). This stan­dard is likely to hit the mar­kets by the end of year 2012.

Once it finds its way, en­try level IEEE 802.11ac prod­ucts will pro­vide a data rate of 433 Mbps, which should be at least three times faster than that of the most com­mon de­vices us­ing the cur­rent wire­less stan­dard.

And be­cause the new stan­dard gives de­vice man­u­fac­tur­ers the flex­i­bil­ity to of­fer a range of prod­ucts with dif­fer­ent lev­els of per­for­mance, once in ac­tion, high-speed IEEE 802.11ac de­vices will of­fer wire­less trans­mis­sion in ex­cess of a Gi­ga­bit per sec­ond—re­mark­able speeds that can put IEEE 802.11ac wire­less net­works ahead of most wired net­works of present sce­nario.

In ad­di­tion to this, there will be huge im­prove­ments in wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity qual­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity, range, and cov­er­age. In the present sce­nario, there are many places where we still find dead spots – where there is very lit­tle WiFi con­nec­tiv­ity. Homes and apart­ments now plagued with “dead spots” will en­joy vastly im­proved re­cep­tion. And most im­por­tantly, faster file trans­fer also leads to longer bat­tery life in smart­phones and hand­sets.

What is most im­por­tant is the fact that prod­ucts based on IEEE 802.11ac will be fully com­pat­i­ble with cur­rent WiFi de­vices. De­liv­er­ing true mo­bil­ity and driv­ing con­ver­gence, mo­bile phones and tablets, both very im­por­tant for Wi-Fi mar­kets are likely to ship with IEEE 802.11ac chips by 2013.

WiFi next gen stan­dard, IEEE 802.11ac is the fifth gen­er­a­tion of Wi-Fi to come along since Wi-Fi was in­tro­duced way back in the year 1997. The roll-out of new IEEE 802.11ac stan­dard based de­vices is ex­pected to take be­tween one and three years, be­gin­ning first with home net­work­ing prod­ucts and then work­ing its way to other prod­ucts as man­u­fac­tur­ing costs will de­cline fur­ther down. And by the year 2015, vir­tu­ally all Wi-Fi prod­ucts are ex­pected to be based on IEEE 802.11ac tech­nol­ogy.

Om­nipresent WiFi

To­day we have huge pen­e­tra­tion of WiFi tech­nol­ogy as a lot of places of our con­ve­nience drive con­nec­tiv­ity with the help of WiFi tech­nol­ogy. So whether we go to our of­fice, or home, a restau­rant, ho­tels etc – WiFi works just a fab­ric con­nect­ing all the de­vices to­gether.

And know­ingly or un­know­ingly, it has be­come an in­te­gral part of our lives. We look out for wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity more and more be­cause we’re us­ing it more and more and not just for work and e-mail but also dur­ing our leisure time. Be­tween of­fice work, col­lege or school as­sign­ments, and sim­ple en­ter­tain­ment, down­load­ing rich con­tent at all hours of the day and night, the av­er­age house­hold has sev­eral WiFi de­vices run­ning si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

How­ever, on the other hand, the Wi-Fi tech­nol­ogy we use to­day is over three years old, and it is not pos­si­ble for this gen­er­a­tion of WiFi to keep up with the in­creas­ing data load and de­mand­ing end cus­tomer’s mind­sets. As mo­bile phones, tablets, and note­books are cre­at­ing new de­mands for faster and more re­li­able wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity ev­ery­where and all the time. And hence, next gen­er­a­tion ready WiFi stan­dard of IEEE 802.11ac will hold the an­swer to GenX de­mands and ful­fill­ment.

Nafis Kazim, Sr. Vice Pres­i­dent, Shyam Net­works Lim­ited

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