The world of enterprise wireless connectivity is changing fast, 5G and Wi-Fi 6 are part of the new generation of Internet access technologies. With each their advantages, how are they different and what can we expect from their use?
While Wi-Fi and 5G seem to be competing wireless technologies. Both are distinct networking protocols for wireless local area networking, after all. However, Wi-Fi 6 and 5G complement one another rather than compete against one another. Here’s how:
The majority of industrial applications require a certain level of performance which can be very challenging to achieve with Wi-Fi standards currently available. Here’s how 5G compares to Wi-Fi for industrial use cases:
To better understand how 5G and Wi-Fi compare, here’s a performance analysis using KPIs crucial for an optimized enterprise connectivity:
Better range (factor of 10 to 20), meaning that for the same coverage you need 10 times less access points.
Licensed = the spectrum is reserved for you, so that you have a guaranteed QoS and no interference with other services.
The theoretical difference is minor.
You can guarantee the bandwidth and the latency for a specific service with 5G, while you are in best effort with Wifi.
5G latency is validated, while Wifi latency is purely theoretical.
The gap has a direct impact on the use case supported (ie. indoor geo-fencing cannot be supported by Wifi.
The gap prevents Wifi to support massive IOT use cases in a factory.
Allows to guarantee a bandwidth for critical services, it increases the QoS and to propose different QoS per service in a single Private 5G network.
AGV use case is not well supported by Wifi as AVGs have to stop and maintain long security distances when they switch from one access point to another.
The sim card guarantees a much higher level of security.