Telecommunications technologies are a moving target—always evolving, expanding, improving. Even the numerous “black swan” events we’ve seen since the new decade began have done relatively little to harm market growth or the development of newer, faster devices and systems that can help Orange County business owners. Let’s continue our look at some of the most important headlines from the past couple of years concerning telecom, VoIP, and mobile technologies.
Wi-fi 6 Quietly Moves to the Forefront
Amid all of the upheaval and global crises of the past couple of years, you might have missed the fact that a newer, faster wi-fi protocol has quietly been infiltrating the market. Wi-fi 6, as it is called, is replacing the older standards of 802.11n and 802.11ac that have been in use for several years. Wi-fi 6 also marks the dawn of a new naming system for wi-fi standards (using the old system, it would be named 802.11ax) in hopes that the public will be able to understand better what version they’re using.
Wi-fi 6 is not only faster, but it also performs better in times of higher congestion, so users have fewer slowdowns. It was first introduced in 2019, and compatible devices began hitting the market starting in 2020. If you’ve bought a new smartphone, computer, tablet, or router in the past two years, chances are you’re already using wi-fi 6 without realizing it.
Are We Headed for 6G Networks?
Much of America is just now getting acquainted with 5G broadband cellular networks, with 5G phones just now starting to become more mainstream. So why are we already talking about 6G when most of us don’t even have 5G yet? (That’s technology for you.)
It’s true. While we probably won’t see it for years, reports say that 6G technology is already in the research stage. As much as 5G users report an increase in speed and reliability with their cellular networks, early estimates say that 6G will operate at about 100 times the speed of 5G. Don’t get too excited, though. If it indeed comes to market, experts believe we won’t see 6G introduced until around 2030.
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