WiFi 6, reality in Latin America
Wi-Fi 6 is a reality in Latin America, as there are orders to the company Cisco for this new standard of connectivity, while the 5G network will take 18 to 24 months to reach the region, according to the director of Enterprise Network for the firm, Marco Sena.
"We have clients in Latin America, Mexico, Peru and Brazil, and we already have the access points homologated. The 5G network depends on the country, we believe it will be arriving from 18 to 24 months," he said.
The entry of 5G networks will take longer due to the investments that are necessary and are currently recovering the investment for 4G networks, although he added that the change will occur in the most populated regions.
The executive explained that the advantages of this version of wireless connectivity is four times faster data transfer rate, with lower latency according to current consumption requirements such as 8K video.
In addition, Marco Sena explained that energy efficiency is three times higher than with previous connectivity, which means extending the battery life of IoT devices, as well as greater coverage with a single antenna.
The network specialist for the company added the advantage in terms of the number of devices that can connect, 3 times more, and as an example gave the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, could connect 3,500 devices in a booth with Wi-Fi 6.
On whether with the 5G network we will not need Wi-Fi, the executive said that the opinion of Cisco is that investments are being made on both sides because they are complementary technologies. "In my house I have a Wi-Fi and when I go out in the future I will connect to a 5G network and the user experience will be the same, with the same security.
The current demand for Wi-Fi 6 equipment come from industry, retail and health care, the executive added that this new standard of connectivity is 15 or 20 percent more expensive than the current, so customers must make a decision according to the current state of the business to have the latest generation of Wi-Fi.