In today’s digital world, networking technology is everything. It’s what makes the internet possible. It’s how businesses support sprawling multinational footprints. It’s even stitching together the appliances in our homes into one, smart, convenient fabric.
For all of its importance, though, networking technology as a whole doesn’t tend to change much. For example, the internet itself runs on an iteration of a protocol that’s now 40 years old. Most of the developments in networking over that time have revolved around capacity and speed – not capability.
As we move into the next decade, though, there are a number of trends and technologies that are poised to create real change in the world of networking.
Indoors, the wireless revolution’s going to be led by Wi-Fi 6, the soon-to-go-mainstream standard that’s making its way into devices right now. It will not only triple the theoretical maximum throughput of its immediate predecessor, but will deliver better indoor signal penetration and support greater device density. In a world where every electrical device is gaining networking capabilities, the effects of Wi-Fi 6 can’t be overstated.
However, without a doubt, the biggest networking technology development of the 2020s is one that’s going to be all around us very soon – the deployment of next-generation wireless networks. In the mobile networking arena, it’s the 5G standard that’s going to rewrite the rules of what’s possible for technology on-the-go. It’s these new cellular networks that are going to unleash the true potential of things like augmented reality and the IoT, as well as bringing us closer to a world filled with “smart everything“