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Wi-Fi 7: the new standard will become the equivalent of Ethernet

MediaTek just gave the first live demonstration of Wi-Fi 7, the next standard in wireless technology. With this presentation, the manufacturer is keen to prove the ultra-fast speeds and low-latency transmission of Wi-Fi 7. According to MediaTek, the new standard will become the equivalent of wired Ethernet connections.

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While France has just authorized the use of Wi-Fi 6E in the boxes of operators Orange, Bouygues Telecom, SFR and Free, all eyes are already on Wi-Fi 7. It must be said that the new wireless technology standard has been in the news for several months now.

Ahead of CES 2022, the consumer electronics show, MediaTek promised speeds 2.4x higher than Wi-Fi 6. All that was missing was a formal presentation to confirm the company’s ambitions . And precisely, MediaTek gave this Wednesday, January 19, 2022 two demos of Wi-Fi 7 to key customers and industry collaborators. The goal: to demonstrate the ultra-fast speeds and low-latency transmission of the technology.

First, Mediatek confirms that Wi-Fi 7 will be able to display a maximum speed of 30 Gb/s, i.e. performance three times faster than Wi-Fi 6. And this with the same number of antennas since Wi-Fi 7 can use 320 MHz channels (double the 160 MHz of Wi-Fi 6). The standard will also support 4K quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) technology.

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MediaTek promises the equivalent of Ethernet with Wi-Fi 7

MediaTek also presented MLO technology, which aggregates multiple channels across different frequency bands”to highlight how network traffic can continue to flow smoothly even when there is interference or congestion on the bands”. According to the company, this technology will be essential to provide “faster and more reliable video streaming” and to offer constant flow, sustained and in real time to the activities that require it such as online video games, or virtual and augmented reality.

Furthermore, it was confirmed that Wi-Fi 7 will be backwards compatible with previous generation devices Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 5 compatible.”The rollout of Wi-Fi 7 will mark the first time that Wi-Fi can be a true wired/Ethernet replacement for super-broadband applications. MediaTek’s Wi-Fi 7 technology will be the backbone of home, office and industrial networks and provide seamless connectivity for everything from multiplayer AR/VR applications to cloud gaming to 8K streaming and beyond.” assures MediaTek. According to the company, the first Wi-Fi 7 compatible products will hit the market in 2023.

Source: MediaTek

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