Welcomed as the revolution of telecommunications, 5G will make billions of new connections among people and things possible, and make those connections secure and instantaneous. It will impact every industry – from manufacturing to cities, from automotive to healthcare, up to emergency services.
As telco operators are warming up to commercialize multi-gigabit, low latency 5G services, some experts predict the rise of 5G will sentence Wi-Fi to death. However, the two technologies will probably coexist, as they are complementary in serving different needs and use cases.
According to Intel, Wi-Fi has a huge penetration indoors, so it will still be preferred in offices, homes, coffee shops, hotels and airport lounges, for example. 5G is going to open up more opportunities for Wi-Fi, because 5G capacity and latency requirements suit the Wi-Fi technology. Industry association Wi-Fi Alliance stated existing Wi-Fi technologies including WiGig and Wi-Fi Certified ac are already positioned to bring multi-gigabit speeds and high-performance connectivity to enable a range of 5G opportunities.
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