Wednesday, June 19, 2024
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Li-Fi propels wireless networking to speeds as fast as light

What you need to know

  • A new IEEE 802.11bb light communications standard has been released, intended for emerging Li-Fi technology.
  • Li-Fi uses infrared light instead of traditional radio signals like Wi-Fi to transmit networking data wirelessly.
  • Advertising the potential for data transfer speeds 100 times faster than traditional Wi-Fi, its real-world drawbacks are yet to be determined.

The next generation of wireless networking could split away from traditional radio signals reliant on standards like Wi-Fi 6E and its upcoming successor, Wi-Fi 7, in favor of harnessing an infrared ‘Li-Fi’ invisible to the naked eye. Firms are already established and ready to embrace this emerging technology, with pureLiFi and Fraunhofer HHI among those promoting its supposed improvements over traditional Wi-Fi.

Introducing the 802.11bb light communications standard, the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) provides this globally-recognized framework to allow any manufacturers willing to develop LiFi products to be compatible with one another. Having already unveiled the world’s first LiFi device that complies with the new standard, the Light Antenna ONE from pureLiFi promises to ‘add bandwidth without complexity and congestion.’

The release of the IEEE 802.11bb standard is a significant moment for the wireless communications industry.

Nikola Serafimovski, pureLifi VP


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