Better, stronger and faster is demanded by customers with the release of every new mobile phone. They don’t just want a smartphone that can stream movies. They want one that plays movies without lag time and with high-quality stereo sound that can fill a room. A smartphone camera that takes high-quality pictures is required.
The same is true for WiFi connectivity. Today’s users want their Wi-Fi to be fast, robust and stable – and that’s what Broadcom and HTC are giving consumers with the new HTC One smartphone, a smartphone that supports the 802.11ac, or 5G WiFi, wireless standard.
The 5G WiFi standard, which not only promises speeds up to 1 gigabit but also opens the door to new mobile experiences, allows the HTC One to deliver the speed, reliability and power benefits that far outpace older wireless networks.
As more wireless devices enter the marketplace and consumers tap that wireless connection to perform tasks that add strain to the network – such as streaming video or music over the Internet – the need for a stronger Wi-Fi connection becomes obvious. Not only does 5G WiFi allow content to be downloaded up to three times faster than existing networks, it also allows more devices to tap into the network without compromising its strength for other users.
That’s good news for everyone, including families whose wireless home networks power a growing lineup of devices – PCs, tablets, smartphones and gaming consoles, as well as TVs and the various set-top boxes that are attached to them. The 5G WiFi network not only provides a significant improvement in wireless range and performance, it also helps preserve battery power in the connected devices.
How is this possible? The 802.11n standard, the predecessor to 5G WiFi, operates primarily in the 2.4GHz frequency band, which often sees interference from Bluetooth headsets, microwave ovens, and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices. 5G WiFi, by contrast, operates on the 5GHz band, a less congested spectrum that provides faster data rates and broader coverage with fewer dead spots. Likewise, it uses an 80 MHz channel bandwidth that is two times wider than the channel on similar products – a game-changer for bandwidth-hungry tasks such as downloading HD movies.
Because 5G WiFi is just starting to hit the marketplace, only a handful of devices – such as the HTC One smartphone – can tap into those networks, which are provided by routers from NETGEAR, Belkin, Buffalo and Cisco.
The HTC One has generated buzz in technology news circles, in part, because of its sleek design and great functionality. But it’s the 5G WiFi capabilities that makes it one of the first devices of its kind to tap into a network that will allow us to do more with today’s smartphones, gadgets that are looking less like phones and more like mobile, handheld computers.
About the Author:
Rahul Patel is Vice President of Product Marketing for Wireless Connectivity Combos in the Mobile & Wireless Group at Broadcom. He manages the product roadmap and market strategy, applications engineering, marketing and business development organizations to expand Broadcom’s Wi-Fi leadership in consumer and enterprise markets. He has also held various technical, marketing and engineering positions at Hi-Fn, Samsung and SMOS Systems. He holds a bachelor’s in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India, a Masters in Computer Science from Arizona State University, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.