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Wi-Fi 6E Brings Benefits to Several Key Players with Fiber-like Experience

July 21, 2020 / Catherine Sbeglia

While Wi-Fi 6, or 802.11ax, made headlines for offering faster speeds and improved capacity thanks to features like the use of OFDMA and multi-user MIMO, Wi-Fi 6E refers to the ability for Wi-Fi to leverage the 6 GHz band for unlicensed Wi-Fi operation, and its biggest draw, according to Shrihari Pandit, CEO of Stealth Communications, is that these new, wider channels will allow for “clean” access. In other words, legacy Wi-Fi devices won’t be allowed to congest the newly opened channel, resulting in much faster connectivity speeds. “The reason why [6E] is so important,” he told RCR Wireless News, “is that typically, when users or businesses are using their internet services, very rarely do we see folks with a wired connection. The biggest bottle neck has been wi-fi when it comes to achieving fast internet connectivity. With 6E, you can have fiber-like experience extended wirelessly.” Pandit’s Stealth Communications is a wired service provider, not a Wi-Fi provider. However, he said that basically everyone should be excited about what Wi-Fi 6E will bring. For wired carriers, 6E will take some of the spotlight away from 5G, making it of interest to wired carriers, he explained.