Wi-Fi, as we know it today, just isn’t good enough for the future. As more and more individuals worldwide get on the Web, eat up their data plans with apps, produce and download videos, and incorporate wearable technology into their everyday life, basic bandwidth will not be able to keep up with demand.
So what will become of the new Wi-Fi? Higher speed Internet, Google Fiber and Li-Fi.
Higher Speed Internet From Space
High-speed Internet is defined as the ability to download and upload data at about 10 to 25 times faster than standard access speed — going from 4 megabits up to 100 megabits per second. Although this concept is not new and is currently being offered through cable and telephony companies, SpaceX and OneWeb are testing and developing a web of satellites wrapped around the earth that will allow high-speed Internet to every square mile of the globe.
The concept involves about 4,000 small, inexpensive satellites, and one of the two aforementioned companies are hoping to be successful with this project within the next five years. Both Google and Fidelity have poured more than $1 billion into this SpaceX project, believing that if they can get billions of people online who currently do not have Internet access, they will benefit.
Why is there such a demand for high-speed Internet, and how might it be used in the future? The primary demand is driven by video downloading. In addition, other uses for high-speed Internet include:
- On-demand movies, webcasts and training seminars
- Access to Wi-Fi hot spots through the network
- Second-screen technology on multiple devices
So if high-speed Internet reaches speeds of 100 megabits per second, imagine Internet access that is 10 times faster than that.
Welcome to Google Fiber. While it is currently installed in 18 cities around the country, Google has plans to expand to more first-tier cities in the next few years.
What is driving Fiber? You guessed it … video. Google sees video as having a more real-time feel to it, such as video chatting, sharing recently created company videos and even online gamification apps for meetings.
A secondary reason is search. With Google owning about 95 percent of search in the United States and its drive to make search mobile-friendly, Google wants all search requests to be lightning-fast.
Third, Google knows that as more people are connected to the Internet, the more their services will be used. For example, anyone who has access to Fiber can store up to 1 terabyte (which is 1,000 gigabytes) of data on the Google Drive cloud app for backup, access and collaboration among meeting members.
And unlike high-speed Internet, which is strictly driven by the size of the bandwidth pipe, Fiber has its own infrastructure with less data compression. Fiber also skirts some of the strict FCC regulations around net neutrality because they are not a telephony company or a cellphone provider.
Fiber is coming to a town near you. Its overall acceptance will depend largely on what FCC regulations are handed down to Google and the breakthrough technology described above.
If you think Google Fiber is fast, wait until you understand the widely talked-about finding by University of Oxford researchers using Light Fidelity or Li-Fi. Download speeds are up to 224 gigabits per second or 224 times faster than Fiber. The previous Li-Fi network offered about 10 gigabits per second on the speed dial.
Want an example of its speed? A 224-gigabits network would allow you to download 15 movies in one second!
How does it work? An overhead LED lamp is outfitted with signal technology that streams data into a photo detector at ultrafast speed. The receiver converts the signal into a data stream that is transmitted to your computer.
What’s next? According to Harry Haas, engineering manager at Siemens Industry, “All we need to do to commercialize Li-Fi is fit a small microchip to every potential illumination device, and this would then combine two basic functionalities: illumination and wireless data transmission.”
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Is Technology Central on Upcoming Trends
Today, Kalahari has one of the fastest and most sophisticated Wi-Fi networks available for your next meeting, special event or trade show. However, we understand that as communication demands change, we will change right along with them.
Please call one of our group sales professionals at (855) 411-4605 to schedule your behind-the-scenes tour of our Wi-Fi control center and speak directly with one of our technology experts!