Next-Gen Wi-Fi 6 and 5G Connectivity for Retail

Next-Gen Wi-Fi 6 and 5G Connectivity for Retail

  • November 2020 •
  • 9 pages •
  • Report ID: 5987672 •
  • Format: PDF
This IDC Perspective on the Wi-Fi 6 and 5G, a collaboration of IDC Retail Insights, IDC Enterprise Networks, and IDC IoT and Mobile Network Infrastructure, takes a look at the disruptive potential of these next-gen network technologies. As stores aspire to become connected, smart stores that are digital end to end, stores need to support their digital transformation with network infrastructure that is agile and future ready. This document provides a higher-level view of these technologies, what the differences between the two technologies are, and how they are likely to coexist in the retail enterprise."5G and Wi-Fi 6 are coming on strong, bringing the promise of new network capabilities to the retail enterprise. In all of the hype around 5G, it is easy to lose sight of what this means for the retail enterprise; Wi-Fi 6 is also evolving, but in a very different way. These technologies continue to exist with a plethora of other network technologies, making it difficult for retailers to sort through the options and coalesce these elements into a network infrastructure that makes sense," according to Robert Eastman, research manager, IDC Retail Insight's Worldwide Retail Technology Strategies service. "This Perspective should bring some clarity to what 5G and Wi-Fi 6 mean for the retail enterprise."