- Technically known as 802.11be and also referred to as EHT-Extremely High Throughput
- Peak throughput of up to 46 Gbps, 4.8 times more than Wi-Fi 6
- Supports 16 spatial streams and CMU-MIMO- coordinated MU-MIMO
- Use of multi-band/multi-channel aggregation, wherein 5 GHz channel can be bonded with 6 GHz channel to form a bigger channel and so on
- Supports 320 MHz channel bandwidth, 160 + 160 MHz, 240 + 180 MHz and 160 + 80 MHz channels to combine non-adjacent spectrum blocks
- Compatible with 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz unlicensed spectrum
- Supports 4096 QAM modulation, up from Wi-Fi 6’s 1024 QAM
- Expected to hit the market by mid-2024
Any guesses which technology is being discussed here?
Yes, you shot the right arrow; it is Wi-Fi 7
The way we use the Internet has completely and radically altered the lives and businesses of billions of people across the globe. The disrupting Wi-Fi solutions are here to empower enterprises to untether themselves from the limits of wired connections around them.
After the successful stint of Wi-Fi 6 and 6E, now Wi-Fi 7 will be creating a stir. Witnessing the constant exponential growth, enterprises and home spaces are expanding their capabilities through connectivity, and Wi-Fi 7 would amplify it further, from every corner possible.
To meet the demands of better connectivity, Wi-Fi strives to attain improved performance, enhanced efficiency, reduced costs while offering an impeccable user experience.
In this race, Wi-Fi is evolving to untangle itself from the limitations set by its predecessor version to connect the unconnected in masses. And here, Wi-Fi 7 has created a stir in connecting the world much before its official launch.
Curious to get more details???
Well, you need to keep scrolling further to this blog piece and unleash what Wi-Fi 7 has got within its technology Pandora box.
Wi-Fi 7; a quick synopsis
Wi-Fi 7 (IEEE 802.11be) is the next-generation Wi-Fi standard to be launched, also known as IEEE 802.11be — extremely high throughput (EHT). It would deliver a higher data transmission rate, better spectrum, power efficiency, improved interference mitigation, higher capacity density at a cost-efficient price.
Alluring features of Wi-Fi 7
Albeit Wi-Fi 7 is yet to make an official entrance, and still many of its features are yet to be defined, but the constant progress toward it is giving us a sneak peek into its evolution and what more can be expected out of it.
- First and foremost, Wi-Fi 7 shall leap forward to a futuristic platform that would have pre-existing features but with a tint of innovation at its peak
- The prevalent feature of Wi-Fi 6, OFDMA, would be a part of Wi-Fi 7, but it would be enhanced further to make it more flexible and efficient, with the added option to use 4096-QAM. This leads to more dense data in the same spectrum, hence more throughput (20% enhancement, to be exact)
- Will provide multi-band/multi-channel aggregation and operation and deliver higher spectrum and power efficiency, better interference mitigations, higher capacity density, and higher cost-efficiency
- MU-MIMO would support 16 spatial streams, up from 8 in Wi-Fi 6
- the allocation of multiple resource units, such as groups of OFMDA tones, resulting in more efficient spectrum utilization, making Wi-Fi 7 ideal for the enterprise space
- The channel size support is maximized to 320 MHz transmissions, double the 160 MHz of 802.11ax, making Wi-Fi 7 a perfect fit to access the 6 GHz band
- There will likely be a massive increase in the maximum data rate – 46 Gbps within specific environments and configurations
- It would bring along the lower latency and increased flexibility in using network and spectrum resources
- CMU-MIMO leads to multiple co-located Access Points to better utilize spectrum resources and deliver a better end-user experience
Performance and Efficiency
Indeed, the very technical specifics of Wi-Fi 7 are awe-inspiring enough to meet the increased adoption of use cases with strict latency and reliability requirements. With this very new upcoming version, the scalability aspect of Wi-Fi would be ensured to manage the ever-increasing traffic loads while meeting the users’ needs.
With Wi-Fi 7, the coordination scheduling between multiple Access Points comes with inter-cell coordinated planning. It further leads to removing the interference between Access Points while improving the utilization of air interface resources.
QoS with high-reliability
Wi-Fi 7 would be synonymous with flexibility and capabilities in abundance while working knit-close with 3GPP-based 5G and induce a new platform for edge computing, distributed and cloud architectures, virtualization, and digitalization in the emerging private wireless networks (PWN).
Realistic shot to VR world
Wi-Fi 7 is all about better performance, quality, speed, and whatnot to enhance connectivity at another level. Here, we cannot miss mentioning the integration of this trending Wi-Fi within the VR world, which would not just give new meaning to connectivity, but also it would further support VR apps/functions requiring QoS, deterministic latency, and high reliability.
Undeniably, this would open a floodgate of opportunities for the enterprise to integrate IoT, AR/VR apps to automate industrial mechanisms, surveillance, remote control, and micro-management of smart devices hassle-free.
Do we REALLY need Wi-Fi 7?
Ah, that is the most exciting question, and we’d like to answer it. TBH, Internet revolution has not solely to do everything with the pandemic; however the development of the digital spectrum has made homes and enterprises rely more and more on Wi-Fi for network access.
Today, our world has grown into a digital axis point, which can be accessed with ease through the help of the Internet. Here, the emerging applications, remote office, online video conferencing, and much more have higher requirements on throughput and latency.
To meet the challenges of customers’ demands, the evolution of Wi-Fi technology is not a choice but a necessity. No prize for guessing Wi-Fi 7 with its all technical specifications would fit the bill and would allow immersion and experiential at a whole new level.
Wi-Fi 7 would impact applications’ data transmission
- Video/Voice conference
- Interactive telemedicine
- Cloud/Edge computing
- Industrial IoT
- Immersive AR/VR
- Real-time collaboration
- Online gaming
When to expect Wi-Fi 7?
It is expected that IEEE shall be publishing Wi-Fi 7, aka the 802.11be, in mid-2024. Also, just like its predecessors Wi-Fi 7 would release with its certification program to ensure interoperability and security standards.
The Bottom Line
To be precise, much beyond the above-mentioned use cases, Wi-Fi 7 would continue to expand its advantages to more comprehensive industrial environments as well. It will further lead to a much cost-efficient and highly efficient Wi-Fi spectrum.
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