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IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi aims at 1Gbit/s

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wi-Fi? 802.11ac? market report? connectivity?

Wi-Fi connectivity will get faster with the next version of the 802.11 standard to be drafted this year. The 802.11ac standard will provide speeds of up to 1Gbit/s, and according to market watcher In-Stat, will be implemented in nearly 1 billion devices by 2015.

Frank Dickson, VP of research, In-Stat, says, "The timing for 802.11ac approval is to have a draft standard created by 2011 and have the first 802.11ac products out by the end of 2012. The technology behind 802.11ac has not been finalized. However, it will likely involve bonding four or even eight channels together and some tweaks to the modulation scheme."

In-Stat also says that mobile devices with Wi-Fi will continue to dominate shipments, and it projects that shipments of mobile phones with embedded Wi-Fi will reach 800 million by 2015.

The analyst also says that by 2015, 100 percent of mobile hotspot shipments will be 802.11ac-enabled. Plus, e-reader Wi-Fi attach rates will increase from three percent in 2009 to 90 percent by 2015, and in 2012, Wi-Fi automotive shipments will reach nearly 20 million.

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