Since the beginning of 2019, technology has taken several strides, from the foldable phones to the introduction of 5G technology.
This year, several emerging technologies will fundamentally impact how businesses interact with their employees.
There are some networking technologies that could improve some aspects of how a company runs – from network efficiency all the way up to business models.
The Wi-Fi 6
Wi-Fi 6, also called 802.11ax, is expected to roll out this year, 2019, and should be broadly adopted in the year 2020. This one would be an upgrade on the current highest-speed Wi-Fi protocol in wide use: 802.11ac.
Wi-Fi 6 is a huge improvement in efficiency across all existing Wi-Fi bands. It will also likely get new spectrum in the 6GHz band in 2019 or 2020, further improving its speed.
The biggest improvement that comes with Wi-Fi 6 is that it increases the density of devices that can co-exist in a single space, thereby increasing the speed of all multiple devices.
The 5G technology will mean high-speed networking everywhere for businesses with remote workforces and the automotive industry. Plans are currently underway and it will fully roll out in 1-3 years.
Carriers are already rolling this out on limited installations that work on a small number of devices, like several phones released earlier in the year. Beyond 2019, 5G will bring improved speed and battery life to smartphones.
It will aid the growth of fixed wireless for residences and compete with wired broadband for some communities.
5G fixed wireless will be a convenient option as a WAN connection for getting branch offices online. It may have high speed and low latency performance to compete with wired connections.
Data mining software and new high-resolution geolocation technologies based on wireless radio in mobile devices are creating the space to understand how people and things move in physical spaces.
These technologies will create new possibilities for business extension and improvements. Businesses with onsite customers, like those in hospitality, retail and educational services, will be able to see which spaces are used by what type of customer and when they use it.
For example, a school will be able to track what classes are attended and when they were attended. It will also help network managers to identify areas where wireless service is weak, thereby allowing highly precise deployment of new access points.