As you might already know, Wi-Fi 6 has become pretty widespread throughout last year as Wi-Fi Alliance started to certify Wi-Fi 6 devices back in September. While we will have to wait a while, the latest version of the Wi-Fi standard is set to expand into a new spectrum. When that happens, it will had 6 GHz in addition to the existing 2.4GHz and 5GHz variants.
In a press release earlier today, the Wi-Fi Alliance revealed a new term to distinguish future devices that will come with support for Wi-Fi 6. According to the organization, although the 6GHz spectrum isn’t available for Wi-Fi, the Alliance is expecting regulatory approval in the coming days.
Talking about the adoption of Wi-Fi 6, Phil Solis, research director at IDC said, “If the regulatory landscape permits, we expect companies to move forward aggressively with products that operate in 6 GHz because they understand the tremendous value brought to their customers by this portion of unlicensed spectrum (…). If spectrum is made available early this year, we expect momentum of products that support operation in 6 GHz to ramp very quickly. The capacity of 6 GHz is enormous and will be efficiently used by Wi-Fi 6 and newer versions of Wi-Fi. The U.S. is taking a big lead on the 6 GHz market, with Europe and APAC regions also exploring access to this band.”
As you might have expected, smartphones and other consumer access points will be first devices to adopt the technology shortly after the approval. As Wi-Fi 6 will offer significantly faster speed, it will be extremely useful for AR and VR related products. Moreover, the approval will address the spectrum shortage for Wi-Fi.
However, Wi-Fi Alliance didn’t specify how long the approval process take. But it shouldn’t be long and you can expect products that adopt the new standard in the coming months.