Can Wi-Fi 6 and 5G Technology Enhance the Enterprise Sector

Can Wi-Fi 6 and 5G Technology Enhance the Enterprise Sector

By Enterprise Networking Mag | Monday, October 21, 2019

The enterprises are depending on the 5G to boost the performance of their network, but it will be wrong to underestimate the Wi-Fi 6. In these recent years, Wi-Fi networking has been upgraded and is performing better than ever before.

FREMONT, CA: With the innovation of technology, both the cellular and Wi-Fi networks are being upgraded. While the technologies will feature their individual improvements,  for some environment, they will also work in collaboration to fill the gaps for other technologies.

In the upcoming years, the technologies of 5G and Wi-Fi 6 will play an essential role to transform the companies digitally. In common words, architects will start using Wi-Fi 6 whenever they can and 5G when they must. However, Wi-Fi 6 may be less costly and faster, but it is not available always. So, if the technologies are integrated, it will not only save money but can also achieve the greatest level of performance.

Here are some of the advantages of Wi-Fi 6 and 5G and examples of how the enterprises can use both the technologies to accomplish their goals.

Enterprise Benefits of Wi-Fi 6

One of the common benefits of Wi-Fi 6 is its speed boost, as it is faster than the traditional Wi-Fi. The rate of Wi-Fi 6 can reach almost up to 190 Gbps, and some even provide a speed that is forty percent higher than the Wi-Fi 5. Additionally, in the delivering speed, Wi-Fi 6 also splits the network capacity among a group of devices. This is extensively vital, especially when the number of devices increases. According to researchers, the number of connected devices per person will increase in the next few years. Therefore Wi-Fi 6 will help in accommodating this massive entry of tools in the enterprise and at home.

On the other hand, it is expected that 5G will theoretically share the maximum speed of 10 to 20 Gbps. Hence, the 5G will provide a faster connection than Wi-Fi 6.

However, the speed of Wi-Fi 6 will depend on many factors, so the applications of the real-world will not necessarily match the theoretical maximums. The different factors might consist of the number of devices connecting a single 5G cell and also the distance and obstructions between the 5G-connected devices and the 5G tower. Ultimately if the Wi-Fi 6 deployment is designed and built correctly, every single wireless connection will have higher productivity and lower latency than the alternatives.

5G and Wi-Fi 6

With proper execution, there are many other benefits of Wi-Fi 6 and one of them is, its guarantee to provide a wall-to-wall in-building coverage in comparison with 5G. The advantage is possible primarily due to the improvements made in Wi-Fi 6's multiple in/multiple out (MIMO) technology. Wi-Fi 6 also improves the capacity of the network at the same time that increases the concentration of the wireless devices.

Most enterprises will use the 5G from a wireless carrier. Therefore, a significant difference between the Wi-Fi 6 and the 5G is that 5G is cellular broadband and Wi-Fi 6 is wireless LAN (WLAN) technology. With the 5G connectivity to the applications, data and services that exist within the corporate LAN will have access to application and data across the internet through secure channels such as a remote access VPN tunnel. On the other side, as Wi-Fi 6 is designed to be a part of the secure corporate LAN, it is seated behind the edge security equipment and protects it from the networks that cannot be trusted.

However, Wi-Fi devices are more widespread than 5G-ready devices or even the 3G and 4G compatible devices. Some of the new smartphones may have 5G capable chips, but most wireless computing devices, such as laptops, are more likely to have Wi-Fi connection capabilities.

The wireless devices also need less battery when they are connected to Wi-Fi. Last and the most important is the cost, and the 5G subscriptions are more expensive than the typical Wi-Fi 6. It will be more cost-effective for a business to offer Wi-Fi in their workplace than using a 5G carrier network.

The experts of IT are correct when they turn to 5G as it is the next massive revolution in the world of enterprise wireless connectivity. But as mentioned, the benefits of Wi-Fi cannot be underestimated. Wi-Fi 6 has more features and ability, and they are also more efficient and user-friendly. However, for an enterprise to enjoy the high-speed internet, the best thing to do is combines both these powers and use them flexibly.

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