Wi-Fi Alliance® hosts the first public Wi-Fi 7 demonstration in the Middle East

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain and Austin, TX – September 12, 2023 – Wi-Fi Alliance®, the leading Wi-Fi® industry organization, successfully hosted the first public demonstration of the next generation of Wi-Fi technology (“Wi-Fi 7”)  in the Middle East. The demonstration was organized in conjunction with the Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG) meeting in preparation for the upcoming 2023 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23). As spectrum regulators gathered in Manama to consider regional alignment on WRC-23 agenda items, Wi-Fi Alliance demonstrated the critical importance of the 6.425-7.125 GHz band to the future of Wi-Fi in the Middle East and worldwide.

During the event, Wi-Fi Alliance® shared with the ASMG members the rapid growth of the Wi-Fi ecosystem in the 6 GHz frequency band, the socioeconomic benefits this brings to a country, and how the latest Wi-Fi technologies will further accelerate those benefits. Representatives from 
Wi-Fi Alliance members – Broadcom, Cisco, HPE Aruba Networking, and Meta – showed how the latest generation of Wi-Fi operating in the full 6 GHz band drives innovation in their products and services to the benefit of consumers and businesses. 

With the support of Broadcom, Wi-Fi Alliance hosted a regional first public demonstration of Wi-Fi 7 for ASMG participants. One demo showed the throughput capabilities of Wi-Fi 7 using Broadcom’s Wi-Fi 7 access point and client device reference designs. The demo showed a Wi-Fi 7 device operating in a 320 MHz channel at over 11 meters distance with throughputs of up to 3.7 Gbps downlink and 3.4 Gbps uplink. Another demo showed how multi-link operations (MLO) can provide deterministic low latency even when the radio waves are fully loaded. 

Kevin Robinson, CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance said: 

“Wi-Fi Alliance and industry partners are advocating for an outcome at WRC that will allow for licence-exempt use of the full 6 GHz band. Only then will the industry be able to deliver Wi-Fi’s full potential in the band, offering innovative new products and services that will support the connectivity agendas of countries around the world. By globally harmonizing use of this band for Wi-Fi, significant progress can be made to reduce congestion, leverage the potential of the growing number of fiber connections, and meet demand in a more energy efficient way.[1]” 

Chris Szymanski, director of product marketing for Broadcom’s Wireless Communications and Connectivity Division added: 

“These demonstrations showcase the capabilities of Wi-Fi 7 products that are sampling with our customers.  The demonstrations were in configurations that we expect to be widely available in the market soon. The opportunities are real. This is a win-win for Arab states and would allow administrations to make advanced wireless broadband services accessible to their citizens, while still giving priority to fixed satellite services and fixed microwave services.”


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Wi-Fi Alliance® is the worldwide network of companies that brings you Wi-Fi®. Members of our collaboration forum come together from across the Wi-Fi ecosystem with the shared vision to connect everyone and everything, everywhere, while providing the best possible user experience. Since 2000, Wi-Fi Alliance has completed more than 75,000 Wi-Fi certifications. The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ seal of approval designates products with proven interoperability, backward compatibility, and the highest industry-standard security protections in place. Today, Wi-Fi carries more than half of the internet’s traffic in an ever-expanding variety of applications. Wi-Fi Alliance continues to drive the adoption and evolution of Wi-Fi, which billions of people rely on every day. 

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[1] Recent research shows that Wi-Fi networks are 2.5 times more energy efficient per megabyte transmitted than 5G networks