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Cisco Says 5G’s Success Will Depend on New WiFi Technology

  • WiFi will help electronics talk to other electronics
  • Phones need to transition seamlessly between cellular and WiFi
Cisco’s new WiFi 6 access devices
Cisco’s new WiFi 6 access devicesSource: Cisco Systems Inc.

As the technology industry talks up 5G cellular networks, Cisco Systems Inc. says much of the promised revolution in connectivity will come from a more prosaic source: WiFi.

A new version of the ubiquitous short-range connection technology is being rolled out this year, called WiFi 6. It will bring the ability to connect many more devices to one access point, much faster data speeds and quicker response times, according to its backers, mirroring the promises of 5G cellular.