In one of our earlier articles, we said there are ten times more cable Wi-Fi hotspots than Starbucks across America. Well, that number is now closer to fifteen times. As we said, nothing is going to stop the expansion of wireless technology, especially when we have more and more devices that use and depend on Wi-Fi. If you’re a cable broadband customer, you can use these spots for free, which is neat.
The question isn’t whether we need wireless technology, but will it be able to follow the never-ending evolution of gadgets, smartphones, and internet-dependent units in general. The short answer is – most likely. If we take a look at the current development rate, it’s safe to say that “Gigabit” Wi-Fi is going to hit the market pretty soon. Once it does, it’s going to be a huge step forward, especially for big industries and large companies.
However, all of this doesn’t come without few challenges. The first issue is how to manage the bottleneck and overload. Because we can’t predict the rate of the improvement, it’s likely that we’re going to have a bigger number of suitable devices (smartphones, tablets, and other) than available hotspot capacity. In simpler words, we risk “clogging” the hotspots and pushing them to the limits, which ends up with severe consequences.
To avoid the technological stall, the US has been developing the 5GHz band for a while now, and it’s due to be tested very soon. If all goes well, we should become one of the leading nations when it comes to the number of available public hotspots, their capacity, and most importantly – stability and speed. As usual, the possibilities with innovative technologies are endless; it’s up to us to use the potential to our advantage and modernize the wireless technology on a global level.