5 Top Wireless Network Trends in 2022 – Datamation | Region & Cash

Wireless and cellular networks are as popular as landlines, which could soon become obsolete. According to a Uswitch survey, 40% of users have completely stopped using a landline phone. Demographically, 95% of those over 65 still have a traditional phone, while around half of those under 25 don’t have one installed. About three quarters of households still have a fixed line, but a quarter do not have a connected handset – the fixed line service was just one part of a broadband service package.

Given this shift, here are some of the top trends in wireless networking:

Wireless construction along with 5G

Home wireless LTE networks and 5G deployments are not happening as quickly as analysts previously expected. But both are making progress. The slowdown is partly due to companies choosing to familiarize themselves with these technologies before they are widely deployed.

But the upswing is expected soon. According to figures from the Dell-Oro Group, revenue from private wireless RANs is expected to double between 2022 and 2026.

“Private wireless is a tremendous opportunity,” said Stefan Pongratz, vice president of Dell’Oro Group. “But the company and the industry are a long game as the standalone LTE/5G market evolves at a slower pace than previously anticipated.”

wireless bottlenecks

Another factor behind the slower than expected adoption of the latest wireless technologies is related to larger issues in the global supply chain. Fuel prices have skyrocketed, there are sanctions in places like China and Russia, and the pandemic has prompted closures or layoffs at many facilities. All of this has greatly supported the supply chain. To make matters worse, shipments from Asia to the U.S. have faced some delays due to contract negotiations between the West Coast Dockers’ Union and the Maritime Association, as well as recent California laws that have resulted in major truck power shortages. Therefore, containers, some of which are filled with wireless equipment, do not leave ports quickly.

Specifically, the Dell’Oro Group pointed out that the wireless local area network (LAN) is vulnerable to these shutdowns. Indeed, the wireless LAN market has been plagued by supply shortages in 1Q22 and they are expected to intensify as the year progresses. Several US-based wireless LAN manufacturers even announced that backorders were reaching 10-15 times higher than normal levels.

“Many companies have planned network upgrades and the most popular connection is Wi-Fi. The problem is getting it. Several manufacturers announced that components from tier two and three suppliers became a bottleneck in 1Q22,” said Tam Dell’Oro, founder, CEO and wireless LAN analyst.

“Supply shortages have resulted in very volatile quarterly performance from vendor to vendor depending on whether or not they have all the components. For example, sales can increase by 20 percent in one quarter and decrease by 20 percent in the next.”

Wireless 6E emerges

Despite these challenges, wireless technology continues to evolve. The latest innovation is Wi-Fi 6E.

According to Intel, the previous Wi-Fi generation shared a small number of available channels. This caused problems such as interference and congestion. Wi-Fi 6E opens exclusive channels for Wi-Fi usage beyond the crowded 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Instead, the 6 GHz band can be used, but only over Wi-Fi 6E connections. Older wireless products and devices cannot use this network. Therefore, companies are ready to upgrade to the latest 6E routers and switches to free their connections from congestion and interference.

6E sales boom

Dell’Oro reports that Wi-Fi 6E sales are booming as more manufacturers release products. Extreme Networks, Intel, HPE Aruba and others are promoting new tools extensively and sales are developing well.

Those companies with early Wi-Fi devices, and even those using Wi-Fi 6 devices, cannot take advantage of the 6GHz spectrum used by Wi-Fi 6E. As a result, device vendors are seeing faster adoption rates than usual. Businesses no longer want to see their wireless networks competing with a multitude of other devices vying for attention on lower frequency Wi-Fi networks.

The benefits are enticing for businesses. The dedicated 6E spectrum has up to seven additional 160MHz channels compared to just two shared by all Wi-Fi 4, 5 and 6 devices. This means Wi-Fi 6E devices can reach gigabit speeds much more easily.

The good news is that Wi-Fi 6E devices are backwards compatible with older wireless technologies like Wi-Fi 6 and Wireless-AC. Additionally, they can connect to legacy Wi-Fi 4, 5, and 6 networks in legacy 2.4/5GHz bands if needed. This allows businesses to choose where they need to make the most of the latest wireless tools. Other areas of the business can get by with older equipment until they too are ready for an upgrade.

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