The Future of WiFi

The Future of Wi-Fi

It’s in your laptop, it’s in your smartphone, it’s in your watch, it’s everywhere. It’s Wi-Fi and even though it's barely 15 years old, it’s already become the glue binding our digital lifestyles. But if you’ve ever tried getting a good Wi-Fi signal in a coffee shop, on the street, or in a busy airport, you know that Wi-Fi has limitations. When too many people are using the same connection, Wi-Fi quickly overloads and becomes sluggish.

Wi-Fi is everywhere because it runs over unlicensed spectrum which isn’t reserved for any specific user or technology.  But the future is cloudy - some new technologies could begin to interfere with Wi-Fi and it’s popularity means we need more spectrum to let it grow.  There is a solution.  We can solve this Wi-Fi crunch by freeing up more spectrum for unlicensed use and ensuring that new technologies work politely.

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Wi-Fi is the most used technology for accessing the Internet. In fact, more data is carried over Wi-Fi than mobile and wired combined. Watch the video to learn more about how with better spectrum management, we can make sure Wi-Fi works better for our broadband needs today, and for our ever-increasing needs in the future.

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Wanted: More Spectrum, Better Wi-Fi

As our technological and digital demands increase and devices expand, so will our need for more spectrum. Fortunately, there is a solution to the Wi-Fi crunch. By freeing up more spectrum and allowing it to be used by unlicensed public technologies, we could jump start a new generation of Wi-Fi with huge coverage areas and speeds up to 10 gigabits per second.


national public cable Wi-Fi hotspots


Wi-Fi devices in an average U.S. home


of in-home broadband usage will be via Wi-Fi by 2017

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Part of what makes Wi-Fi great is that it’s a polite technology. It works well with others that use the same unlicensed spectrum. Unfortunately, a new wireless Internet technology called LTE-U doesn’t play nearly as well with others. LTE-U’s poor manners puts all unlicensed technologies at risk by not following the same spectrum sharing protocols .

There’s room for everyone to win. That’s why it is so important that we insist that LTE-U and other new players share unlicensed spectrum well, so that we can all enjoy a future of speedy, reliable wireless technologies, including Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi Has Unleashed the Potential of Unlicensed Spectrum