WBA releases guidelines for Wi-Fi 6 deployment
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The Wireless Broadband Alliance has released a set of guidelines to aid operators, system integrators, consultants, network planners, installers and end-user organisations in the deployment of the new generation of Wi-Fi – Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) – in the form of a white paper.

It provides tips on RF planning and design (along with information on Wi-Fi 6’s implications for RF design and planning tools), with consideration given to factors like band steering, MU-MIMO and adjusting for high-density deployments that demand increased capacity, while also discussing how Wi-Fi 6 deployments can be used to provide seamless mobility and backward compatibility with previous Wi-Fi generation technology.

The white paper also proposes guidelines to ensure SLAs around bandwidth, throughput, latency, traffic prioritisation and other factors, while also discussing a number of deployment scenarios for Wi-Fi 6 such as public venues, stadiums, residential and multi-dwelling units, the Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise WLANs.

The report, Wi-Fi 6 Deployment Guidelines, can be downloaded here

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“Since its inception 20 years ago, Wi-Fi has become a fundamental expectation for consumers and enterprises alike,” said Tiago Rodrigues, general manager, WBA. “This latest white paper comes at a crucial time; not only is global demand for Wi-Fi continuing unabated, but operators worldwide are ramping up 5G networks, and governmental authorities around the world are preparing to open 6GHz spectrum to Wi-Fi traffic. Today’s announcement illustrates the dedication of the WBA and its member companies to providing timely, expert direction to ensure that Wi-Fi deployments successfully accommodate all of these global factors.”

"Enterprises like hotels, travel hubs and retail, can use Wi-Fi 6 to build carrier-grade infrastructure that will complement 5G,” said Chris Bruce, managing director, GlobalReach Technology Inc. and WBA board member. “Deploying Wi-Fi 6 alongside Hotspot 2.0 /NGH allows venue owners to control their entire user experience. This next generation of Wi-Fi will also allow these venues to negotiate mobile data offload access to their infrastructure on equal terms with cellular operators."

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