5G and Wi-Fi 6 will improve your WFH experience
Published on: April 20, 2020
With so many remote-working tools now available, the world was better prepared for the transition than it would have been in decades past. But that doesn't mean it's been a perfect process. Wi-Fi connections strained by families trying to share the home office, video calls that freeze and pixelate and slow downloads of large files are all common WFH complaints.
Though they are still a few years away from widespread deployment and adoption, next-generation connectivity technologies, 5G and Wi-Fi 6, offer hope for a better remote working experience.
The most widely discussed benefit of these new technologies is significantly higher speeds. That will mean waiting a few seconds — rather than, sometimes, minutes — for that massive spreadsheet or HD image file your boss just sent over to download and open. Faster speeds will also improve the quality of online video staff meetings.
There are other perks, too. The new technologies will provide much lower latency, which is the time it takes for a device to communicate with a server and get a response. For instance, the time between when you press send on an email and when your coworker's computer registers the new message will be virtually zero.
These new benefits will have implications not just for working remotely, but also for other activities, such as remote doctor visits.
"The concept of both high speed to have real, face-to-face conversations without any buffer, and instant information with low latency is important for things like cardiac patients, who need to translate real-time health updates to their doctor and receive guidance," Max Silber, vice president of mobility at network services firm MetTel, said.
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