In the unending march towards faster connection speeds, another benchmark has been surpassed. Huawei claims it has "achieved the industry’s first 10 Gbps Wi-Fi service in laboratory trials." The firm says the achievement paves the way for the next generation of commercially-available Wi-Fi.
Huawei began looking into next generation Wi-Fi in 2010. Through its research, it aims to increase data transfer rates that are currently limited, it says, by "a logjam of classical Wi-Fi wideband radio and baseband processing."
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According to Huawei, the use of technologies such as MIMO-OFDA (a means of using "multiple inputs and multiple outputs" to transmit and receive data), intelligence spectrum allocation (optimizing use of the radio spectrum for efficiency), interference coordination (a means of minimizing the impact of interference on the Wi-Fi frequency) and hybrid access (the use of other access points in addition to Wi-Fi, such as 3G) are able to provide a tenfold increase in spectrum efficiency.
Using a Wi-Fi prototype based on such technologies, Huawei explains that it achieved a data transfer rate of 10.53 Gbps on 5 GHz frequency bands. The company says the figure represents a new record and that, although it was achieved in laboratory conditions, it is "ten times faster than the fastest existing Wi-Fi capability commercially available today."
"As the demand for ultra-fast connectivity for smartphone applications continues to drive the need for higher data transmission rates, the next generation of Wi-Fi access will need to deliver a better user experience, especially in densely populated environments requiring high density deployment such as enterprise offices, airports, stadiums, shopping malls and coffee shops," says Huawei.
The firm believes that ultra-fast Wi-Fi could be available from 2018, assuming industry standards can be agreed upon, and there is sufficient chipset availability.