5G and Wi-Fi 6 may seem like competing technologies but nothing could be further from the truth. Where 5G has the edge in providing large scale exterior coverage, it suffers from the same issues as 4G trying to penetrate and cover building interiors. Wi-Fi 6 bridges the gap between exterior cellular coverage and interior connectivity.
What is 5G?
5G is the newest cellular technology created by organizations within the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). This is an effort to improve existing communications technology in three broad areas.
- Mobility – Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB)
- Reliability – Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC)
- Machine Communications (IoT) – Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC)
Consumers are well aware of the difference in speed and reliability between their home Wi-Fi network and the cellular carrier. Their cellular network what slow and unable to satisfy demand.
In the realm of enterprise, new use cases have emerged. Environments such as warehousing and distribution, precision manufacturing, and robotic surgery, required levels of reliability beyond the ability of centrally-managed cellular networks.
A flood of data was being produced by the Internet of Things overwhelming networks designed for simple handheld devices.
An Operator’s Strategy: Bridging 5G Cellular with Wi-Fi 6
Although 5G has many promising connectivity improvements, network operators still must overcome a major challenge. How to get 5G coverage inside a modern structure. Unfortunately, inside buildings where 4G penetration is already a challenge, 5G does no better. With its reliance on higher radio frequencies, 5G’s performance might even turn out to be worse.
Given the parody between 5G and Wi-Fi 6 metrics, many in enterprise are selecting a Wi-Fi 6 based solution as a bridge from their exterior 5G network to interior RF network. Wi-Fi 6 enables precise control to broadcast signal precisely where it needs to be.
The Wi-Fi 6 solution:
- Eliminates dead spots
- Increases network speed
- Improves reliability
This solution is not only cost-effective (substantially lower to deploy than a DAS or small-cell system) but easier to maintain as the expertise needed is provided by any local qualified managed service provider.
What is Wi-Fi 6?
Wi-Fi 6 is the Wi-Fi Alliance’s newest standard (802.ax High-Efficiency Wireless), released in 2019, and designed to provide coverage in areas of dense device concentration.
The Wi-Fi 6 standard allows:
- Multiple clients to transmit simultaneously
- 4x Average throughput per station in 2.4 & 5 GHz bands
- Multi-User MIMO (uplink and downlink)
- OFDMA uplink and downlink
- Higher rates (1024-QAM)
- Wait to Wake (Target Wake Time)
- Enhanced outdoor long-range performance
The bottom line
Reliable, fast, and secure connectivity are now within the reach of small and medium-sized businesses at a cost they can afford. More businesses are opting to bridge their 5G/4G networks to their interior network with Wi-Fi 6 solutions.
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