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Today there are over 9 billion Wi-Fi devices globally; This is easily the most dynamic time for anyone involved with Wi-Fi – from service providers to technology vendors – as the industry addresses massive opportunities from Wi-Fi 6 and unlicensed spectrum to 5G convergence, Wi-Fi roaming and IoT. Wi-Fi is a multi-billion dollar industry which reaches into every area of our lives, in home, at work and leisure and increasingly in the way machines talk to each other (IoT).
With non-stop innovation in the industry, Wi-Fi will continue its incredible growth creating both opportunities and challenges and in this year’s Annual Industry Report we take a look at the key take-outs for 2019 and look ahead over the next 18-24 months as Wi-Fi keeps evolving, powering new devices and applications, and reaching new users. Never has there been a more exciting time – so if you haven’t already, join the Wi-Fi revolution!
The WBA City Wi-Fi Roaming Trial is part of the World Wi-Fi Day initiative, with an overall goal of accelerating affordable wireless connectivity around the world. The Trial aims to promote and foster the adoption of Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) around the globe.
These initiatives deliver a fully-operational NGH Wi-Fi network on a large scale, and partnerships with city authorities, operators, technology players and roaming hubs are raising participation numbers by a large margin.
The Trial allows residents and visitors of major cities around the world to automatically and securely roam between public Wi-Fi networks.
Today there are over 8 billion Wi-Fi devices globally; Wi-Fi is a multi-billion dollar industry which reaches into every area of our lives, in home, at work and leisure and increasingly in the way machines talk to each other (IoT).
With non-stop innovation in the industry, Wi-Fi continues its incredible growth and over the next 2 years, it will revolutionize the way we think, operate and interact! This creates both opportunities and challenges and in this year’s Annual Industry Report we take a look at the key take-outs for 2018 and look ahead over the next 18-24 months as Wi-Fi keeps evolving, powering new devices and applications, and reaching new users. Never has there been a more exciting time – so join the Wi-Fi revolution!
This year’s Annual Industry Report from the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) comes at a highly significant time for the wireless ecosystem. As user demands for fast, reliable, affordable wireless data continue to rise, service providers are also considering how to expand and transform their business models with new use cases. As Wi-Fi and other technologies evolve, there is the opportunity to connect a vast array of devices, vehicles, sensors and buildings, to support applications which have scarcely been possible before. Many of these discussions about new connected services and business cases are taking place in the context of the next generation of wireless technologies, 5G. Like most stakeholders, the WBA believes that 5G will, unlike previous generations of standards, be more than a cellular radio definition. Instead, it will be a broad platform which integrates multiple radio access technologies (RATs) in unlicensed, shared and licensed spectrum. This year’s report examines these business opportunities in detail, along with the technology and spectrum developments which will enable them.
Take a look at some of they key takeaways from our 2016 Industry Survey, with findings on Next Gen Wi-Fi, monetization strategies, coexistence and convergence, and more.
The Unlicensed Road to 5G – Unlicensed spectrum technologies have come a long way from being the disruptive younger sibling of the licensed-band networks, to having an equal place at the table. Indeed, the WBA Annual Report in this year looks beyond unlicensed spectrum on its own, and towards the rising levels of convergence with licensed technologies, to enable new performance levels and flexibility for service providers of all kinds to paving the way to 5G. Download the report now and learn your way to 5G!
Download our at-a-glance overview of WBA’s industry report From 2016 to 5G
Download the WBA Industry Report executive summary for a brief overview of WBA’s new industry report From 2016 to 5G
Last year, the key theme of the WBA annual report was the start of the transition from best effort to carrier-grade Wi‑Fi networks. This year, that transition is very visibly under way and the ecosystem is starting to plan for the next five years.