It is now quite a while since the Wi-Fi and unlicensed bands have lingered among the shadows of the cellular network. But even as the planet gears up for the 5G launch, the truth about Wi-Fi and unlicensed bands remains steadfast that it is now a never before situation for them to be blessed with a brighter future, the future that relates to ‘double sixes’: Wi-Fi 6 & 6 GHz. The ‘double sixes’ – Wi-Fi 6 & 6 will play a critical role for service providers and not least WISPs (Wireless Internet Service Providers) all around the world.
The fixed wireless Renaissance is already looming large. Just last year, the CEO of Cambium Networks stated that “connecting every last village on Earth is no longer a pipe dream but approaching reality”. Meanwhile, software giants – Facebook, Google, & Microsoft – are already in the process of introducing new programs for free or low-cost connectivity across the whole planet while tens of thousands of WISPs enjoy the lower cost and better-performance from wireless equipment than ever before.
The Fixed wireless – using unlicensed bands – is a growth industry that connects millions of consumers and businesses all around the world, where no one else can and will afford it. Adding to this is the success of Wi-Fi, it by a wide margin is the most successful radio technology ever created in human history having shipped close to 10 billion devices.
Wi-Fi 6 is the next big hype in the Wi-Fi standard, which indeed is already here. It will enable cellular-like quality for Wi-Fi services, thus enabling a host of new services reinventing smart city Wi-Fi, public outdoor carrier Wi-Fi, industrial automation, IoT in the home & anywhere, and much more.
Following that, the Six GHz unlicensed is an even bigger deal. Expectations are that all of 1.2 GHz of new spectrum will be allocated to unlicensed use by the FCC in early 2020, which will be more than double current available unlicensed spectrum in 2.4 and 5 GHz.