Huawei's router could give us WiFi that's ten times better

Successful trials for new WiFi protocol that could be in stores by 2018

A WiFi standard that could give us speeds ten times what we get now? Sign us up right now. Huawei obviously knows how to get us excited when it announced that it had achieved 10Gbps Wi-Fi service in laboratory trials at its campus in Shenzen.

That's 10 times faster than what is currently available which is a pretty big deal. Huawei said in a statement that it started next-gen WiFi technology research in 2010 to see if there was a way to increase user data rates. The company listed the new tech involved: MIMO-OFDA, intelligence spectrum allocation, interference coordination and hybrid access.

 

 

Goodbye 802.11ac

Currently the latest WiFi standard is 802.11ac, which took over from the 802.11n standard. The new 10Gbps standard will likely be called 802.11ax. Huawei's Dr.Osama Aboul Magd is chairing the 802.11ax WLAN standard task group that will focus on developing the new standard.

Commercial launch of the 802.11ax will likely only be in 2018 so there's likely still a lot of work to be done. They've proven it can work but making the devices ready for market and getting all the stakeholders onboard.

A cursory look at the IEEE's timelines for the various standards sees other standards that were in development prior to the confirmation of the ability for WiFi to reach 10Gbps. Whether 80211.ax will supercede them all has yet to be seen. In the meantime, prepare for broadband providers to begin weeping at the amount of bandwidth they'll have to prepare.

[Source: Engadget]

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