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Smartphone Wi-Fi speeds set to dramatically increase in 2017
Wi-Fi top speeds will be almost twice as fast in 2017, thanks to the implementation of the Wi-Fi Alliance’s WiGig certification program. Upcoming smartphones, laptops and routers that take advantage of the new specification would receive “wired-grade” internet performance, said the Wi-Fi Alliance in a press release.
The technology operates over wider 60 GHz frequency bands with the 802.11ad standard, enabling WiGig devices to “achieve data rates of up to 8 Gbps, allowing users to download an HD movie in a few seconds,” writes the Wi-Fi Alliance. The tech would provide multi-gigabit performance for things like “augmented reality/virtual reality, multimedia streaming, gaming, and networking applications”.
WiGig does require relatively short-range data transmission, however – roughly 33 feet (10 meters) – which means that it’s unlikely to work as effectively on devices in different rooms to the router.
WiGig itself has been around for a couple of years now, but the announcement of the certification program means that manufacturers have a guaranteed way to develop it for their products and get the Wi-Fi Alliance’s seal of approval, paving the way for further device adoption.
Consumer products which support the new standard are currently in development but we don’t know which will be the first to arrive. ABI Research, a technology market intelligence company cited by the Wi-Fi Alliance in its press release, suggest that “180 million WiGig chipsets will ship to the smartphone market in 2017″.
Proximity remains a huge barrier in effective Wi-Fi transmission and news of its effective radius will no doubt come as a disappointment to those who dwell on the peripheries of their router’s range.
For everyone else, how excited are you for faster internet, eh? Let us know in the comments.