The need for faster, more reliable, more efficient, and more widespread Wi-Fi coverage, says the firm, is becoming increasingly vital with the wireless technology being used in everything from high-throughput and low-latency applications to battery-constrained Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Underscoring the need for a more robust Wi-Fi network, the firm forecasts that Wi-Fi-enabled devices are set to increase from 3.3 billion annual unit shipments in 2019 to more than 4.6 billion by 2024.
In its new whitepaper - The Future of Wi-Fi - the firm finds that the growing reach of Wi-Fi will be driven by several advancements, such as Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi's expansion into the 60 GHz and sub-1 GHz bands through WiGig and HaLow. However, says the firm, the most exciting, and potentially transformative, change to the Wi-Fi landscape is the anticipated availability of 6-GHz spectrum over the next few years.
The whitepaper explores what is driving 6 GHz adoption, the significant benefits that 6 GHz will provide, the expected timeline surrounding its launch, and the firm's strategic recommendations for technology implementers.
"It is hard to overstate the potential that 6 GHz and Wi-Fi 6E can bring to Wi-Fi networks," says Andrew Zignani, Principal Analyst, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Wireless Connectivity at ABI Research. "The tremendous surge in active Wi-Fi devices at home in recent months and the resulting increase in traffic due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders have reaffirmed Wi-Fi as a vital utility, acutely demonstrating both its importance and limitations."