With 5G years away, new wireless beckons: 802.11ax

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A wise man once wrote: ‘Nature abhors a vacuum’. And with so-called 5G years away at best, the wireless industry is facing just that. So what will satisfy wireless consumers, businesses, and (not least!) wireless entrepreneurs in the interim?

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