The wireless connection standard WiGig, also named Wi-Fi 802.11ad, has been certified by the WiFi Alliance. Consumer products support the latest speed are expected to be seen next year.
Existing Wi-Fi router runs on the 2.4GHz or 5GHz bands, which provides a decent signal range and passes signals through physical objects such as walls at home. However, with the broad signal range and massive wireless devices running on the same bands, Wi-Fi downloading speed actually slows down.
The new standard 802.11ad, or WiGig, is expected to bring a faster download speed to consumer’s life. The new wireless standard runs on the 60GHz band and allows more bandwidth to fasten the download speed.
WiGig wireless connection can bring up to 8Gbps or 1GB per second download speeds. That is about three times faster than the 802.11ac router can do now.
The limitation the 60GHz carries is that the signal travels only in a short distance. It doesn’t penetrate the walls. In other words, the products supporting WiGig would only utilize the fast connecting speed while being at the same room with the WiFi routers.
The Wi-Fi Alliance has also certified some products with the new standard. The first device that will show up on the market is Dell's Laptop Latitude E7450/70. Intel and Qualcomm will also release new products later this year and next year.
According to ABI research, the total WiGig-enabled product market is expected to surpass one billion in 2020, including 60 million home network devices, 50 billion phones and 70 million laptops.
WiGig standard had been long awaited and the first WiGig product was supposed to be certified in 2014. However, the postponed certification for the standard and products and the focus on wireless USB technology has delayed the schedule for almost three years.
With the certification, faster home internet network which enables faster and larger volumn data transfers will be seen in the market soon. The devices certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance are able to run on the new standard and switch back to regular Wi-Fi if necessary.