Wi-Fi 6E extends the Wi-Fi 6 capabilities into the 6 GHz domain

The WiFi 6E standard is relatively recent. How is it different from the previous generation?

WiFi 6E is a new standard based on WiFi 6. It differs from its predecessor with 14 new 80 MHz channels, plus 7 160 MHz channels, as well as the ability to operate in the 6 GHz band. All this provides greater bandwidth, the ability to support more devices and transmit a large amount of data at the same time.

Does the Dubai consumer need 6E at all? Will a person who mostly just watches series online notice a difference?

Technology is constantly evolving, and Dubai is leading for the front. Video resolution is getting higher, cloud gaming is gaining popularity, and the number of devices owned by the average consumer is not decreasing. Dubai needed WiFi 6E for multiple category of consumers like gamers who want to play without delay (and not only on a computer or console, but also in virtual reality glasses), and ordinary consumers who want to watch Netflix shows on a tablet while lying on the couch after work. And so as not to interfere with other people in the apartment. The same thing is critically important for Dubai business and consumer: high speed, good communication quality and absence of interference. In homes and offices, WiFi 6E helps make this happen.

Is the UAE Ready for Wi-Fi 6(E)?

One of the lessons learned during the recent pandemic is that companies are changing how they do business. For example, employees may not need to report to the office or campus. Instead, they may prefer to work remotely, either part-time or full-time, but expect the same company’s enterprise Wi-Fi
experience as well. As a result, the company is not just in one building but distributed everywhere employees work. We now have an infinite enterprise. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E are part of a wireless paradigm shift toward infinitely distributed connectivity. Corporate organizations need connectivity for
anyone anywhere with devices or applications to ensure productivity on an ongoing basis.

Why is 6E even better than Wi-Fi 6?

Technically, there is no theoretical performance difference between Wi-Fi6 and Wi-Fi6E when it comes to speed. Both are based on the same IEEE802.1ax-2020 standard. The only difference is one operates in the legacy 2.4GHz and 5GHz band, and Wi-Fi 6E operates in the newly opened 6GHz band.

However, Wi-Fi6E will more likely be faster in practice because the 6GHz frequency spectrum offers more Wide-Band channels (HT-80 and HT160) and no interference from legacy (802.11a/n/ac) devices.

Is the transition to 6E inevitable? And what will happen after it?

Dubai is the city adopting the change of latest technologies quickly and Wi-Fi 6E sooner or later will be generally accepted — it’s only a matter of time. As for the new communication standards that will replace 6E, today the industry is working on a new generation of WiFi technologies — WiFi 7 (IEEE 802.11be).

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