The transition from 802.11ac to 802.11ax will bring Wi-Fi into modern-day times, delivering higher capacity, better coverage and less congestion. The IEEE 802.11ax standard will offer speeds that are four to 10 times faster than existing Wi-Fi, and it comes with some snazzy technologies.

Those technologies include support for up to 8x8 MU-MIMO in both downlink and uplink. It also uses LTE’s foundational OFDMA technology, and it has an uplink resource scheduler so that users don’t clash with one another.

But this transition is just one small part of the overall trajectory of Wi-Fi. Proponents are hoping to use the standard and its derivatives for everything from high-speed fixed wireless ISP services to widespread IoT connectivity. And as technologists look into the future, the open nature of the Wi-Fi ecosystem may well position the technology for even more uses.

But that’s not to say it’s all smooth sailing for Wi-Fi going forward. There are still issues related to deploying the newer technology, including security and compatibility issues. Perhaps more importantly, Wi-Fi still needs more spectrum, begging the question: Where will it come from? Finally, how might Wi-Fi work in a 5G world, one where cellular operators are hoping to expand their networks into every corner of users’ lives?

Featured Speakers

Chris DePuy

Technology Analyst
650 Group

Chris has more than two decades of research and industry experience in the communications market.

Mark Jen

Common Networks

Mark is CTO at Common Networks, a Bay Area startup focused on expanding its fixed wireless service. The company currently covers 70,000 people in the Bay Area with its 802.11-based wireless network running in the unlicensed 5 GHz, 24 GHz and 60 GHz bands.

Kevin Robinson

Vice President, Marketing
Wi-Fi Alliance

Kevin Robinson oversees branding, communications, market development, program marketing, and public relations for the organization. In addition, Kevin is responsible for driving the development of Wi-Fi Alliance corporate strategy.

Rad Sethuraman

Vice President, Product Management
Cambium Networks

Rad Sethuraman brings over 25 years of experience in product development, product management and business development to his current role as Vice President of Product Management at Cambium Networks. He is responsible for product, business strategy and execution for Cambium Cloud Management and Enterprise Wi-Fi solutions


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