Wi-Fi 6/802.11ax certification programme to start in 3Q19
Written by: Sam Fenwick | Published:

The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced that its certification programme for Wi-Fi 6 (its term for devices that are based on 802.11ax technology – Wi-Fi Certified 6 – will kick off in the third quarter of 2019.

The Alliance states that Wi-Fi 6’s key benefits include higher data rates, increased network capacity, improved performance in congested environments, and improved power efficiency. These capabilities include:

  • Uplink and downlink orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA): increases network efficiency and lowers latency for high demand environments
  • Multi-user multiple input multiple output (MU-MIMO): allows more data to be transferred at once and enables an access point to transmit to a larger number of concurrent clients at once
  • Transmit beamforming: enables higher data rates at a given range resulting in greater network capacity
  • 1024 quadrature amplitude modulation mode (1024-QAM): increases throughput in Wi-Fi devices by encoding more data in the same amount of spectrum
  • Target wake time (TWT): significantly improves battery life in Wi-Fi devices, such as Internet of Things (IoT) devices

“Wi-Fi 6 delivers features to satisfy users’ evolving connectivity needs and to enable more efficiency in the expanding places where users rely on Wi-Fi,” said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO, Wi-Fi Alliance. “Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 continues a nearly 20-year history of providing standards-based, interoperability testing to ensure Wi-Fi devices meet expectations for quality and interoperability.”

Further reading:
Eyes on the prize – our Big Interview with Edgar Figueroa

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Breaking through barriers – our look at what Wi-Fi 6 has to offer

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