This report reflects a never-ending process of enhancing Wi-Fi technologies
and it updates Practel reports published in 2010-2013.
In particular, it addresses such relatively recent developments:
- 1. 802.11n. The technology already produced a multi-billion market,
improving such communications characteristics as the rate of transmission,
coverage and other. It significantly increased the spectrum of Wi-Fi
- 2. 60 GHz Wi-Fi - 802.11ad. This is the Wi-Fi industry response on the
users' new requirements to support gigabits per second transmission rates over
shorter ranges for such applications as a home/office distribution of HDVD and
similar bandwidth-hunger applications.
- 3. White Spaces Wi-Fi (super Wi-Fi - 802.11af). This technology allows
utilizing the property of sub-gigahertz transmission together with Wi-Fi
advances. It utilizes unused windows of spectrum and shows unlimited abilities
- 4. Low-consumption Wi-Fi. Until recently, WLAN technologies could not
compete with ZigBee, UWB and other low-consumption technologies. The creation
of low-consumption Wi-Fi chips opened the doors for such applications as WSN
in healthcare, manufacturing, building automation and many others.
- 5. Sub -6 GHz Wi-Fi - 802.11ac. This development allows gigabit per second
speed and improves characteristics of IEEE 802.11n technology in the wide
- 6. Sub- 1 GHz Wi-Fi (excluding White Spaces) - 802.11ah.
The report addresses technological, standardization and marketing features of
these recent additions to the 802.11 family; it also includes a survey of
vendors and their portfolios.
This report is important to a wide audience of researches, technical and sales
staff involved in the developing of WLANs and based on them network
infrastructure. It is recommended for both service providers and vendors that
are working with related technologies. The report also helps to understand
issues associated with relationship between discussed systems and other