Austin, Texas headquartered Wi-Fi Alliance, a non-profit that officially owns the Wi-Fi logo, and has been certifying Wi-Fi devices for interoperability since 1999.
In a year that marks 20 years since Wi-Fi technology came into existence, the non-profit launched the latest version of Wi-Fi, dubbed Wi-Fi 6, the newest Wi-Fi certification standard. The earlier version, dubbed Wi-Fi 5, was released in 2007.
Wi-Fi Alliance predicts that the global value for Wi-Fi is expected to touch $3.5 trillion dollars by 2023 against $1.96 trillion in 2018. Through Wi-Fi 6, the alliance predicts that Wi-Fi will become central and critical to emerging technologies, including the likes of robots, drones, self-driving cars and new medical devices. Many experts also predict that Wi-Fi will move beyond simple communications, such as in radar systems or as a component in two-factor authentication.
In an interview with TechCircle, Edgar Figueroa, global president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance, spoke about how Wi-Fi 6 could help developing and network congested markets such as India.
“Wi-Fi 6 builds on Wi-Fi’s core characteristics to provide better performance in every environment for users, greater network capacity for service providers to improve coverage for their customers, and new opportunities for advanced applications,” he said.
Figueroa also shed light on what to expect from Wi-Fi 6, how has it evolved to meet the growing demands of enterprises and governments, and how it has changed to provide better connectivity through IoT devices and high density locations.