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New 802.11 ac protocol set to dominate existing versions: ABI Research

Jack Loo | Oct. 24, 2012
The 802.11 ac has better range, improve reliability and superior power consumption, according to analysts.

The new iterations of Wi-Fi protocol and Bluetooth standard are set to improve the connectivity of smartphones, according to ABI Research.

In the analyst firm's Mobile Device Enabling Technologies report, the IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi protocol will begin to conquer the existing protocols (802.11b, g, and n) in the next two to three years.

"The Wi-Fi 802.11ac protocol offers several advantages over the current and most commonly used 802.11n protocol," said senior analyst Josh Flood.

"Firstly, the wireless connection speed will be quicker; the new protocol also offers better range and improved reliability, and superior power consumption. It's also capable of multiple 2X2 streams and should be particularly good for gaming experiences and HD video streaming on mobile devices," added Flood.

For the Bluetooth standard, a new version is set to outshine its predecessors. The fourth generation Bluetooth Smart Ready's range remains the same as past generations and data throughout is similar to Bluetooth generation 3.0 at 26Mbps. It is also far more energy efficient than before.

Smart Ready is likely to extend the possible usage of the technology by a factor of five to 10 times, depending on the user's behaviour. Within the next two years, mobile devices with Bluetooth Smart Ready will surpass devices utilising Bluetooth Classic, according to the Mobile Device Enabling Technologies report.

 

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