Cisco Says 5G Success Will Depend on New WiFi Technology

Cisco Says 5G Success Will Depend on New WiFi Technology

Foto: Depositphotos

As the technology industry talks up 5G cellular networks, Cisco says much of the promised revolution in connectivity will come from a more prosaic source: WiFi, according to Bloomberg.

A new version of the ubiquitous short-range connection technology is being rolled out this year, called WiFi 6. It will bring the ability to connect many more devices to one access point, much faster data speeds and quicker response times, according to its backers, mirroring the promises of 5G cellular.

While 4G brought mobile high-speed internet to consumers, there was little effort to make it work with WiFi and that reduced its potential to transform business, according to Gordon Thomson, a Cisco vice president of enterprise networking sales. This time, as both new sets of technology debut later this year, the networks are going to be populated with electronics that talk to other electronics, not just smartphones, and for that WiFi will be crucial, he said.

“Up until now we’ve connected people and devices,’’ said Thomson. ‘Now we’re moving to a world of connected things. I believe it’ll drive the business transformation that we’ve been thinking is coming.’’

Cisco estimates 50 percent of internet data traffic is carried by WiFi. Phones need to be able to transition seamlessly between cellular and WiFi. WiFi access points will become more important as they connect everything from product beacons that show companies exactly where small items are in their warehouses, to sensors embedded in buildings that adjust the temperature to personal preferences and other sensors in hospitals that tell staff whether visitors or staff are cleaning their hands properly.

Cisco, one of the biggest providers of such access points to companies, is offering new WiFi 6 access devices, core switch machines that will better direct traffic, and is partnering with companies including Samsung to ensure roaming between cellular and WiFi becomes seamless, Thomson said.

More from category

Germany's First Electric Highway Charges Trucks as They Drive

Germany's First Electric Highway Charges Trucks as They Drive

19 May 2019 comment

Germany has opened the first stretch of an electric highway that will connect hybrid trucks to overhead wires, allowing them to recharge while traveling, according to Bloomberg.

Intel's 10nm CPU Will Start Shipping in June, 7nm Products Expected in 2021

Intel's 10nm CPU Will Start Shipping in June, 7nm Products Expected in 2021

15 May 2019 comment

At Intel's 2019 Investor Meeting, the company announced that they will start shipping its volume 10nm client processor in June.

Bosch Will Be Carbon Neutral Worldwide by 2020

Bosch Will Be Carbon Neutral Worldwide by 2020

14 May 2019 comment

Bosch is ready to be fully climate-neutral as early as next year, the company said in a press release.