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Are you wondering if Wi-Fi 6 and 5G are only for large businesses? Discover how Wi-Fi 6 and 5G is expected to improve the experience of almost all small businesses. 

What is Wi-Fi 6 and 5G?

The sixth generation of Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi 6 builds on the strengths of 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) while adding efficiency, flexibility and scalability. Wi-Fi 6 has four times the capacity for devices than Wi-Fi 5. And Wi-Fi 6 is IoT (Internet of Things) optimized to offer more efficient IoT support.

If that isn’t enough, 5G carrier-based wireless, which is expected to deliver speeds of up to 20 Gb/s in ideal conditions and 100 Mb/s as a minimum, is bringing the promise of dramatically better performance everywhere.  

How does it work?

Wi-Fi 6 works with high-speed Gigabit Ethernet wireless like 5G while providing the reliability and predictability typically found in licensed radio. This advancement in performance for new and existing networks increases speed and capacity for the next generation of advanced applications, such as seamless mobile roaming, 4K or 8K video, high-definition collaboration apps, all-wireless offices and the IoT, even in high-density environments.

But it’s only for larger businesses, right?

Not at all! Wi-Fi 6 is expected to improve the experience of almost all small businesses: companies opening branch offices, startups, architects developing new office designs and IT professionals looking to build out and upgrade offices. Workers who want to work anywhere with any device will communicate more reliably and quickly. Many businesses who install new IoT devices to increase safety and efficiency can count on extending the connectivity and battery life of these devices. 

Wi-Fi 6 promises to make processing large amounts of data, rich media and an enormous amount of analytics more affordable and seamless. This will change everyone’s digital experience. No more waiting for Internet searches. Uploading videos will be so fast that you won’t have time to type the title before it’s processed and ready for viewing. Video conferencing will become as ordinary as phone calls (and a more enjoyable experience).

This will open up new and expanded possibilities for international and local partnerships. Conferencing will be seamless, breaking down work silos into a common collaborative workstyle. A seamless network will be the norm for businesses, with less constraints and countless vertical applications and new innovations. All of this will benefit teleworkers and clusters of workgroups — from home or busy conference rooms and shared spaces.

Wi-Fi 6 for small businesses is a game changer expected to enable greater productivity and innovation—and which will lead to the addition of many new IoT, business and consumer applications and devices for many years to come.