The 2022 WBA Annual Industry Report takes a look at the industry trends and drivers. These include the addition of the 6GHz spectrum band in a growing number of countries around the world; the rapid commercial availability and market adoption of Wi-Fi 6 and 6E; and the flurry of innovative services ranging from the WBA OpenRoaming™ to Wi-Fi sensing. The Wi-Fi experience is becoming more deterministic. Wi-Fi 7 promises to supercharge Wi-Fi 6 with new techniques such as multi-link operation and time sensitive networking while leveraging spectrum dynamically with automatic frequency coordination. Wi-Fi is also increasingly integrated into cellular networks both at the access and core network level. Industries from hospitality to healthcare and transportation to smart cities are embracing this deterministic Wi-Fi to support new use cases and business models.
With mobile connectivity rapidly evolving, one question always arises: will cellular networks replace Wi-Fi in the future?
Adopting the WBA’s OpenRoaming standard was an easy choice for the Telecom Infra Project's upcoming OpenWiFi initiative.
With more and more spectrum opening up for Wi-Fi use, there’s going to have to be enough room with regard to both Wi-Fi 6 and 5G cellular technology.