Wireless Broadband Alliance releases guidelines for Wi-Fi 6 to help operators and enterprises alike

A new whitepaper released by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has outlined deployment guidelines for different possible situations where Wi-Fi 6 technology will be used.

The whitepaper, developed in collaboration with WBA’s Next Gen Wi-Fi Work Group Boingo Wireless, BT and Charter Communications, as well as vendor representatives from Broadcom, Cisco, and CommScope, will aim to help operators, enterprises, and cities by providing them the tools required to adopt and deploy Wi-Fi 6 when it is released later in 2019.

According to the whitepaper, well-planned deployment of Wi-Fi 6 can reduce some of the growing pains that Wi-Fi is currently experiencing. At the same time, the technology will make sure that operators, enterprises, and vendors meet all significant service-level agreements (SLAs). The paper proposes guidelines to guarantee SLAs around bandwidth, throughput, latency, traffic prioritisation, and several other factors.

The paper also talks about strategies for RF planning and design, along with band steering, MU-MIMO and adjusting for high-density deployments that demand increased capacity.

Earlier this month, a group of 21 European countries voted against the EU’s executive proposal for a Wi-Fi-based connected car standard in favour of the 5G technology. The EU wants to use the Wi-Fi-based Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) standard. Most of the industry disagreed with this perspective. The European Commission defended its stance because Wi-Fi is available today more widely than 5G.

Joe Barrett, president of GSA, said: “The decision by EU Member States to reject the Delegated Act on C-ITS and request the European Commission to reconsider its scope is great news for technology neutrality and signals a positive future for connected intelligent transport systems in Europe.”

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