Pervasive Connectivity and the Future of Connected Cities

These days, we want and expect connectivity wherever we are—at home, at the office, at entertainment venues, and everywhere in between. The world works faster and is more connected than ever before, and we expect our mobile devices to keep up.

Unfortunately, that can be a challenge for our current Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ac. It works well enough with five to eight connected devices per access point. However, performance degrades when additional devices are added. That’s a problem, especially since global demand for Wi-Fi has and will continue to skyrocket: more than 15 billion Wi-Fi connected devices were shipped around the planet in 2016, according to the Wi-Fi Alliance, and IEEE anticipates that there will be 50 billion connected wireless devices by 2022. Gartner also estimates that an average family of four will have about 50 connected devices by then.

Enter Max WiFi, the latest Wi-Fi standard, which is built for capacity—not just speed. Broadcom’s newly-released Max WiFi chips for residential, for enterprise, and for smartphone use are engineered to handle much more data, from more devices, and to empower more creating and more sharing, thanks in large part to a complete redesign of the standard and the addition of orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) and scheduling technologies such as Target Wake Time (TWT).

This is good news, especially for those of us who live in cities. Each of us will have more and more connected devices, and with so many people living and working close together it can seem like a daunting task to make sure everyone’s devices can get—and stay—connected. Not anymore. Max WiFi is built to perform exceptionally well in dense environments like cities. Ultra-efficient, it can take on more devices per network and more cellular offload. With four times more range, you can also say goodbye to those pesky dead zones. From inside to outside, Max WiFi has you covered.

Max WiFi’s ability to take on high demand and cellular offload also makes it a perfect complement to 4G, and in the future, 5G networks. Setting up the dense infrastructure that 5G will need to succeed is going to be a very expensive and disruptive project for cities to take on. Luckily, leveraging Wi-Fi’s existing, ubiquitous install base will cut these costs for both carriers and for cities. As connected cities face the hefty price tag of 5G deployment, Max WiFi’s low price point and high performance will make it easier, cheaper, and more effective to take the connected future in stride.

Max WiFi can help us do more now and in the future. To learn more about Max WiFi technology, visit maxwifi.org.