Wi-Fi 6 launch: A proud moment for Huawei Australia

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Dr Osama Aboul-Magd one of the world’s most respected experts on Wi-Fi technology delivered a Keynote presentation at The Higher Education and Technology Agenda (THETA) conference in Woolongong, celebrating Huawei’s commercial launch of Wi-Fi 6 technology in Australia.

It was a huge honor for the Huawei Australia team to welcome Dr Osama Aboul-Magd, Chairman of the IEEE 802.11ax Working Group and Distinguished Engineer at Huawei, to the country this week to launch our new Wi-Fi 6 technology in the Australian market.

Dr Osama has played a key role in the development of Wi-Fi 6 as part of his role at the IEEE so to have him here to help us launch our Wi-Fi 6 products and talk to Australians about the benefits that Wi-Fi 6 will bring to Australians is very special for us.

It is very fitting that Dr Osama delivered his presentation on Wi-Fi 6 at an education event such as THETA given that Wi-Fi 6 technology is going to play such a massive role in delivering the kind of next-generation Wi-Fi access that Australia’s education sector is going to need.

During his presentation to the conference Dr Osama explained to the conference how Wi-Fi 6 will enable enterprise grade Wi-Fi networks to meet the huge bandwidth challenges that the arrival of new applications such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and 4K/8K will bring.

The simple truth of the matter is that current Wi-Fi 5 networks will not be able to deliver the amount of bandwidth or handle the number of concurrent connections that will be required to support these next-generation applications as well as the huge number of Internet-of-Things devices that will need to be supported.

The technology that we have built into our Wi-Fi 6 access point will help deliver total capacity of nearly 10Gbps from each access point – four times higher than Wi-Fi 5 – and also support four times more end-user connections on each access point with 400 connections now supported.

In addition, our Wi-Fi 6 access points will also deliver a 50% reduction in latency over Wi-Fi 5 with latency of just 20ms and, importantly from an economic point of view will require 30% less power consumption than previous generation Wi-Fi.

Huawei prides itself on being a global technology leader, it is our dedication to delivering the best possible solutions for our customers that drives us every day, so to be the first to deliver Wi-Fi 6 products into the Australian market is something we are very proud of.

From an operational point of view Wi-Fi 6 will allow our customers running enterprise grade Wi-Fi networks to take their networks to the next level whether they are delivering Wi-Fi services at a university, school, sports stadium, mining site, large office complex or anywhere else where hundreds, sometimes thousands, of end-users need concurrent connections.

But, what does that mean in practice?

Well, for a starting point, the extra capacity delivered by Wi-Fi 6 enables more people to be connected to the Wi-Fi access point and actually do more whilst they are connected.

On a Wi-Fi 5 network you may only be able to have 100 end-users connected at the same time and the access point could allocate them only 3Mbps each – not even enough for a single HD video stream.

However, once we get to Wi-Fi 6 then our access points can actually deliver those same 100 end-users connected to the access point some 15Mbps each – that means they can all stream three HD movies simultaneously.

If we look more broadly at specific locations there are some more fascinating possibilities offered by the availability of Wi-Fi 6.

For example, our Wi-Fi 6 access points will be able to deliver 100Mbps to every student in a school classroom and allow school students to l video conference in 4K/8K.

In the retail sector using the zero-packet loss and sub 50ms latency offered by Wi-Fi 6 will allow businesses to run new applications such as using Automated Guide Vehicles in their warehouses to pick and pack stock, use wireless barcode scanning and also run transportation management systems.

In addition, the fact that Wi-Fi 6 offers such an improvement in concurrency means that it will be ideal to be deployed in new ‘smart’ buildings as it will be able to handle high-density IOT devices yet because it uses less power than Wi-Fi 5 can do so cost effectively.

There are so many benefits that Wi-Fi 6 will bring to the Australian market and Huawei is looking forward to getting out there and building better Wi-Fi networks for all Australians over the coming years.

Colin Hu, Managing Director, Huawei Enterprise Business Group

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