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Wi-Fi 7: Everything you need to know about the new standard

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Following the advancements of Wi-Fi 6 and 6E, Wi-Fi 7 comes into play, offering an unprecedented online experience. The Wi-Fi Alliance, in its statement dated January 8, 2024, announced the certification of this new standard that promises great advances, particularly in terms of performance, efficiency and reliability. This standard stands out with a maximum speed of 46 Gbps, marking a clear improvement over previous standards.

Tests conducted by Qualcomm in 2023 revealed the impressive capabilities of Wi-Fi 7. Optimally utilizing the 6 GHz spectrum, it achieves speeds nearly five times faster than Wi-Fi 6E and thirteen times faster than Wi-Fi 6E. Fi 6E. Link Operation (MLO) is a key Wi-Fi 7 innovation, enabling not only high speeds but also extremely low latency, even in the busiest environments, while consuming less power. These advances position this new standard as the standard that offers the “best online experience”.

The Vision of Wi-Fi 7

Qualcomm’s Rahul Patel highlights that it represents a huge leap forward, paving the way for an expanded ecosystem of networks and devices:

“Together, we are moving forward, paving the way for a vast ecosystem of Wi-Fi 7 networks, devices and use cases that will help redefine the world in which we live, work and connect.”

Wi-Fi 7, called IEEE 802.11be Extremely High Throughput (EHT), uses not only the 6 GHz band, but also the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. It has a remarkably wide bandwidth of 320 MHz and integrates advanced technologies such as 4096-QAM and Multi-RU, in addition to Multi-Link. While Wi-Fi 6 has responded to the increase in the number of connected devices, it aims to provide much higher speeds, essential for virtual and augmented reality technologies.

Impact and scope of Wi-Fi 7

The Wi-Fi Alliance predicts a major impact on the market, with 233 million Wi-Fi 7 devices in operation by 2024 and a total of 2.1 billion by 2028. This massive expansion comes at a time when approximately 30% of the population worldwide remains offline. And this standard could therefore play a crucial role in reducing the digital divide and improving access to fast and reliable connectivity around the world.

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