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As different applications require different types of networks, it is incongruous to say 5G will replace Wi-Fi 6.
FREMONT, CA: 5G is an important technology that will be the next-gen connectivity for its low latency, increased capacity, and higher data rates. On the other hand, Wi-Fi’s latest standard Wi-Fi 6 will underpin critical communications for consumers and businesses worldwide. In some cases, Wi-Fi remains a superior technology for bandwidth-intensive activities like sports tournaments and other events. As it uses high frequencies, it is faster and is a more reliable option for uploading large files and streaming videos. Besides bandwidth, Wi-Fi offers vast analytics and security capabilities as compared to 5G. To highlight, for most businesses, Wi-Fi is often the customer’s first touchpoint with brands. Yet there are specific applications where 5G offers greater benefits over Wi-Fi. Owing to its convenience, 5G will play a significant role in AR, remote surgery, and drones. Further, smart homes, smart cities, and self-driving cars will depend on the speed, coverage density, and throughput that 5G technology offers.
There are cases where 5G and Wi-Fi 6 will work together. At public places like stadiums and malls, users will leverage a combination of both the technologies and will experience zero disturbances as they switch between the two. One excellent example would be a cricket stadium where fans can toggle between the networks. When they are on their way to the stadium, they might use cellular in their car for GPS directions. And while scanning their e-tickets in the gate, they can automatically connect to Wi-Fi in the stadium. Then during half-time, they can use Wi-Fi to stream video highlights while using cellular for making calls. Further, these technologies will complement one another during backhaul and offloading. Network carriers rely on Wi-Fi to offload 4G and LTE services, and they can take advantage of Wi-Fi 6 to handle offload in 5G and similarly around backhaul.
From the above, it is clear that 5G and Wi-Fi 6 together will revolutionize the networking world, and the statement that “One replaces another” is false. The reality is that 5G and Wi-Fi 6 will create a robust end-user experience in the future.
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