Wi-Fi 6 finds near universal support

WBA survey finds 90% of respondents planning to deploy Wi-Fi 6

Wi-Fi 6 will very quickly become part of the landscape for service providers, enterprises and consumers, said Rodrigues.
Wi-Fi 6 will very quickly become part of the landscape for service providers, enterprises and consumers, said Rodrigues.

A new survey conducted by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) had 90% of respondents saying they are already planning to deploy Wi-Fi 6.  66% of them said they plan to deploy the next iteration of Wi-Fi before the end of 2020.

These findings were released by the WBA, as part of the WBA Annual Industry Report 2020, an in-depth analysis of the state of the Wi-Fi market. 

Tiago Rodrigues, CEO of the WBA commented, “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.”

Other key findings from the survey and report include:

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% of those surveyed saying they would incorporate the Wi-Fi roaming technology before the end of 2020. 

A further 37% 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% placing it in their top three expected revenue sources.

Lead author of the WBA Industry Report 2020, Adlane Fellah of Maravedis Research commented: “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.”

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