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Wi-Fi is a remarkable success story. Wi-Fi has been around for decades, and yet it continues to evolve, add new functionality, and improve in performance. Today, it is difficult to imagine what wireless connectivity would be without Wi-Fi. And as we move to 5G, the two technologies will be the main pillars supporting our pervasive connectivity needs of the future.
I talked with Carlos Cordeiro, Senior Principal Engineer and Senior Director in the Next Generation and Standards Group at Intel, about the evolution of Wi-Fi and its role in supporting the IMT-2020 vision for the next generation of wireless connectivity.
Carlos told us: “Wi-Fi and 5G will go hand in hand into the future. They’re going to be tailored to different usages, to different requirements. I see a great future for Wi-Fi in the 5G world.” But at the same time, Wi-Fi and 5G are both moving in the same direction. “The high capacity of Wi-Fi complements cellular, and together they deliver a better user experience. We see this complementary relationship growing with 5G. 5G is going to open up even more opportunities for Wi-Fi, because the 5G capacity and latency requirements suit the Wi-Fi technology that is being developed today.”
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