Can 5G Design a Stronger End-User Experience?

Telecom Tech Outlook | Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Since different applications need different varieties of networks, it is inappropriate to consider that 5G can completely replace Wi-Fi 6.

FREMONT, CA:  5G is an essential technology that might be the next-gen connectivity, keeping in mind its low latency, improved capacity, and higher data rates. The latest Wi-Fi standard, Wi-Fi 6, on the other hand, might underpin the crucial communications for consumers, as well as businesses all around the world. In a few cases, Wi-Fi remains a better technology for bandwidth-intensive activities such as sports tournaments and other events. It makes use of high frequencies, which helps it to be faster and a more reliable alternative for uploading huge files and streaming online videos. Apart from the bandwidth, Wi-Fi also provides vast analytics and security abilities, compared to 5G. For most of the businesses, Wi-Fi is considered as the customer’s first touchpoint with the brand. Still, there are particular applications where 5G provides more enormous advantages over Wi-Fi. Due to its convenience, 5G might play a crucial role in AR, remote surgery, as well as drones. Furthermore, smart homes, self-driving cars, and smart cities will rely on the coverage density, speed, and everything that 5G technology offers.

There are multiple cases where 5G and Wi-Fi 6 club with each other to work together. In public places such as stadiums and malls, users will utilize the combination of both the technologies and experience zero disturbances whenever they switch between the two. For example, in a cricket stadium, fans can shuffle between the networks. While they are on the road or way to the stadium, they might use their cellular in the car for GPS navigation, and as soon as they reach, they can scan their e-tickets in the gate by automatically connecting to the stadium Wi-Fi. Besides, during half-time, they can make use of the Wi-Fi to stream video highlights and use the cellular network to make calls. Furthermore, the technologies will balance each other out during offloading and backhaul. Network carriers depend on Wi-Fi to be free from 4G and LTE services and thereby take advantage of Wi-Fi 6 to take care of offload in 5G and around backhaul, in the same way.

It is quite clear that 5G and Wi-Fi 6 together can transform the networking world, and the myth that “one replaces another” is a sham. In reality, 5G and Wi-Fi 6 can build a robust end-user experience soon.

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