Next generation of Wi-Fi: 802.11be

TEN Talk

IEEE 802.11 Working Group is developing the next major generational technology evolution in 802.11 and is called ‘802.11be’. This new amendment to the 802.11 standard will focus on enhancements to support a maximum throughput of up to 30 Gbps and reduce worst-case latency and jitter. These enhancements will improve support for time sensitive applications such as virtual reality, augmented reality, real-time applications, gaming and cloud computing. To achieve such impressive performance the standard introduces new features like Multi-Link Operation (MLO), Low-Latency operation, Multi-AP Co-ordination. PHY/MAC enhancements to previous major standard amendments like 802.11ax is also targeted with 4K-QAM, 320 MHz channel bandwidth, OFDMA enhancements, 16 spatial streams, etc. The process followed by 802.11be is different than what was used before for 802.11ax, in that the specification itself is being split into two releases (Release 1 and 2). Along with a deep dive on the new features as well as enhancements included in the latest draft version of the amendment, we also explain the release process timeline in this presentation.