Google and Microsoft are keeping up the pressure as they lobby the FCC to include technical rules enabling the use of unlicensed devices in the 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum that will be auctioned next year.
Though the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard was ratified at the end of 2013, most enterprises still rely upon good old 802.11n for their Wi-Fi networks, according to a survey released by Spiceworks. Of the IT professionals surveyed, only 6 percent said they had deployed 802.11ac as of July 2014.
Researchers at Huawei's campus in Shenzhen, China, claim their lab trials achieved 10 Gbps data speed using Wi-Fi in the 5 GHz band, potentially laying the groundwork for creation of technical specifications for the next-generation 802.11ax Wi-Fi standard as the successor to today's 802.11ac-based gigabit Wi-Fi technology.
Ruckus Wireless unveiled a virtualized wireless LAN controller targeted at mobile network operators, cable operators, managed service providers (MSPs) and enterprises requiring a carrier-class solution. The cloud-based controller is designed to run in a service provider's data center.
Ruckus Wireless' new Smart Wi-Fi Access Management Service (SAMS) shifts local network infrastructure--such as WLAN controllers, authentication servers, captive portals, advertising engines and content filtering--into the cloud, a move the company claims will enable businesses to more quickly and easily roll out public Wi-Fi hotspots.
The 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard is enjoying rapid adoption, achieving 8 percent of the total consumer access point market in 2013 and 6 percent of the market for enterprise-sized access points, said ABI Research.
Mobile operators should be rolling out public Wi-Fi access points in order to secure locations for current offloading operations as well as for future placement of equipment such as small cells, and one way to build up an inventory of locations is to offer venue owners Wi-Fi as a service (Waas), said Selina Lo, CEO of Ruckus Wireless.
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.
Many Wi-Fi standard iterations over the years have been primarily focused on improving maximum data speeds allowed via the technology. That is starting to change as LTE networks take off and the emphasis shifts to real-world performance and the handoff between LTE and Wi-Fi networks. 802.11HEW--the HEW stands for high-efficiency WLAN--is a major part of that effort. Special report.
The market for wireless LAN equipment passed the $1 billion milestone for the first time ever during the third quarter of 2012, according to market research firm Infonetics. The firm also noted that shipments of 802.11ac Wi-Fi products will increase in popularity in 2013.