The wireless local area network market experienced a year-over-year expansion of 10 percent during the recently ended third quarter, with 802.11ac Wi-Fi shipments for the enterprise playing a big factor, according to a fresh study from Dell'Oro Group.
Growing adoption of the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard is driving test equipment manufacturers to develop new product offerings that accommodate 160 MHz bandwidth.
In a tale of two tablet vendors, product releases this week from Nokia and Apple reveal strikingly different approaches to wireless connectivity. However, the approaches are not surprising given the companies' histories.
Just how fast are the real-world gigabit Wi-Fi speeds offered by 802.11ac technology? Well, that depends.
Apple's unveiling of its iPhone 5s and 5c was impressive on numerous fronts, including the breadth of LTE bands the operator is supporting. But support for a few notable LTE bands and capabilities was missing from the devices' introduction, so here is my list of the top 5 wireless-related omissions.
Apple is positioning its two newest smartphones for sales in developed as well as developing markets with support for 14 FDD LTE bands as well as three TD-LTE bands.
The 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard is gaining momentum as service providers demand inclusion of the technology in the network products they buy and compatible client devices roll out to the mass market, according to a Qualcomm executive.
Meru Networks hopes to jumpstart the market for 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology by pricing its first 802.11ac-compatible access point for enterprises at $1,295, which is only $100 more than the company's comparable 802.11n access point.
Addressing the fact that inclusion of 802.11ac Wi-Fi in the latest Macbook Airs apparently resulted in spotty wireless connectivity, Apple released an update aimed at fixing the problem.
The Wi-Fi Alliance officially launched its "Wi-Fi Certified ac" program for 802.11ac, whose higher data rates and greater capacity promise to drive even more offloading from cellular to Wi-Fi networks.