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Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ ac is gaining momentum

Kelly Davis-Felner

The Wi-Fi Alliance® Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ ac program launched last month and over the past several weeks, we’ve been posting member contributed articles on The Beacon that dive a bit deeper into the core of the technology– including topics like the evolving technology adoption cycle, benefits of 802.11ac for networks, and our most recent article about client adoption for 802.11ac wireless technology.

Our Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac program launched at a time when consumer Wi-Fi® usage has exploded. The below infographic summarizes the global rise in connectivity demands:

As Rolf de Vegt of Qualcomm states:

“Smartphones have already become the driver of innovation in technology worldwide and Wi-Fi is no exception. Wi-Fi is a clear area where the immense impact of mobile on the high-tech industry can be seen, and mobile’s importance will only grow over time.”

The momentum around Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac smartphones and other products continues, and this can be seen through the growing number of devices that are certified through our program every day. It’s clear that companies understand the potential for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac products to bring additional capacity, performance and robustness to support the connected applications of today and tomorrow.

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Kelly Davis-Felner

Vice President, Marketing

Kelly Davis-Felner is Vice President of Marketing for Wi-Fi Alliance, where she oversees branding, communications, market development, program marketing, and public relations for the organization. In addition, she oversees Wi-Fi Alliance program management, including its certification operations. Kelly also holds responsibility for driving the development of Wi-Fi Alliance corporate strategy.

Kelly speaks worldwide about Wi-Fi's impact on applications, devices, and users. She is charged with promoting the technology and the Wi-Fi Alliance collaboration forum worldwide, and is one of its leading ambassadors, working with Wi-Fi Alliance's 600+ member companies.

Before joining Wi-Fi Alliance in 2004, Kelly enjoyed roles in consumer and business marketing, as well as in non-profit management. Kelly holds a BA in Communications from Loyola University of New Orleans, a Masters in Social Work from Tulane University, and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. She lives with her family in Austin, Texas.