TECH BUYER Dec 2018 - IDC Perspective - Doc # US44499118

802.11ax/WiFi 6 Will Bring Speed, Efficiency to Enterprise WLANs, Especially Dense and IoT Environments


Brandon Butler
Rohit Mehra
, Patrick Filkins

This IDC Perspective provides an overview of the new WiFi standard named 802.11ax, also known as WiFi 6, including an overview of the technical advancements in the standard and key use cases where this technology will be first deployed and most beneficial. Enhancements in the new version of the 802.11 WiFi standard will bring many benefits to a wide number of users and use cases, but the most important ones will be in areas with high densities of users or client devices connecting to and transferring data over the wireless network. Organizations that experience these pain points will be some of the first to consider this new technology, but other enterprises will adopt 802.11ax as part of the normal cyclical refreshes of WLAN hardware upgrades over the next three years. By that time, this standard will become the ubiquitous de facto wireless standard in both the enterprise and consumer WLAN markets.

"WiFi has never been a more critical communication platform, but its resounding success has created challenges around ensuring the highest levels of quality experience for all of its use cases — both users and machines," says Brandon Butler, senior research analyst, Enterprise Networks. "The newest 802.11ax WiFi standard that is expected to hit the market in 2019 has numerous enhancements that will drive the wireless market forward for years to come and ensure that WiFi technology can keep up with the strong demand and many exciting new future use cases."



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