Broadcom has shipped 1 billion Wi-Fi 6 and 6E chips to date and this rate of adoption highlights the market need for the new wireless experience powered by Wi-Fi 6E. According to Broadcom, last year they had shipped 500 million Wi-Fi 6 chips owing to consumer and enterprise demands. This year the number has just doubled. More devices are converting to support 6 GHz Wi-Fi and adoption has grown at a faster pace than expected. Broadcom expressed gratitude to its customers and partners for believing in their ecosystem of chips and turbocharging the world of Wi-Fi.
Reacting to this feat by Broadcom, Tiago Rodrigues, the CEO of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) commented, “As the use of next generation devices in everyday life continues to grow at a pace, regulators must ensure that spectrum availability keeps up. Whilst the pandemic accelerated digital transformation, it also exposed its current shortcomings and made requirements clearer and more fundamental to the success of economies. Wi-Fi will remain the critical technology underpinning development of digital economies and Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 7 will deliver a major boost. However, until the full 6GHz spectrum is opened up in regions across the world, devices cannot be used to their full potential and organisations will not be operating on a level playing field compared to regions that have been more forward-thinking in their approach to next generation Wi-Fi.”
Broadcom’s journey to Wi-Fi 6E
Broadcom launched some of the world’s first Wi-Fi 6 products. Wi-Fi 6 chips offered six times faster upload speeds, four times faster download speeds, four times better coverage, and seven times better battery life than the previous Wi-Fi standard.
The Wi-Fi 6 chips were initially adopted for enterprises followed by first-in-class mobile devices and went on to be in the hands of millions of people. Broadcom optimized its 6 GHz Wi-Fi solutions and led the way to a world powered by Wi-Fi 6E. Broadcom delivers a comprehensive ecosystem of end-to-end Wi-Fi 6E solutions from access points (AP) to client devices.
Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and countries in the Americas have opened the band to Wi-Fi technology while, Japan, Australia, Colombia and Mexico have planned to open the band this year. The United States, Europe and South Korea are already running on 6 GHz.
What’s to come
The next phases of the web will bring immersive experiences and Broadcom is leveling up its wireless experience that will connect homes and offices to tomorrow’s internet. Broadcom’s Wi-Fi 7 will provide low-latency, high-speed, reliable, immersive experiences that are integral to the next iteration of the internet. Leveraging the 6 GHz band, the holistic Wi-Fi 7 will bring a lot of possibilities to meet the world where it is moving.