90% plan to deploy Wi-Fi 6

90 per cent of respondents are already planning to deploy Wi-Fi 6 says cross-industry survey conducted by Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA).

Tiago Rodrigues, CEO, WBA said, “When such a large proportion of service providers and technology vendors have the technology in their short-term roadmap, it means that Wi-Fi 6 will very quickly become part of the landscape for service providers, enterprises and consumers.”

78 per cent of those surveyed find the 6 GHz extension to be very important or important to their current or future network strategy. The role of Wi-Fi or unlicensed spectrum was the most important factor to consider in terms of strategy for network evolution and 5G, for about half of respondents.

Next Generation Hotspot (NGH)/Passpoint continues to gain in popularity, with 40 per cent of those surveyed saying they would incorporate the Wi-Fi roaming technology before the end of 2020. A further 37 per cent plan to implement the technology, but have not set a firm date.

Within three years, IoT and vertical industry applications are expected to become the leading revenue driver for Wi-Fi, with 45 per cent placing it in their top three expected revenue sources.

“2020 is set to become the breakout year for Wi-Fi 6, which is clearly energizing our membership,” added Rodrigues.

“This is easily the most dynamic time we have seen for anyone involved with Wi-Fi – from service providers to technology vendors – as we address massive opportunities from Wi-Fi 6 and unlicensed spectrum to 5G convergence, Wi-Fi roaming and IoT,” added Rodrigues.

Lead author of the WBA Industry Report 2020, Adlane Fellah of Maravedis Research said, “As Wi-Fi celebrates 20 years of success, it is clear that Wi-Fi platforms drive a whole new generation of use cases and revenues. The impact from innovation, investment and hard work by companies involved with the Wi-Fi industry and the supporting standards bodies and industry alliances, including the Wireless Broadband Alliance, will be powerfully felt in 2020.”

The respondents include personnel from a global cross-section of over 200 telecommunications service providers, technology vendors and enterprises.


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