The Wi-Fi Alliance is preparing to launch a new communication standard – Wi-Fi 7. Several chip companies are working on its development, including Qualcomm, Samsung and MediaTek.
MediaTek announced a demonstration of the capabilities of Wi-Fi 7 enabled devices in January 2022 at CES. The company also shared information about the new standard. It is expected to provide a 2.4x speed boost over Wi-Fi 6 and 6E, lower latency and a stable connection by using more non-overlapping channels. Routers with Wi-Fi 7 will hastily filter out interfering signals from neighboring devices.
Wi-Fi 7 (also known as 802.11be) won’t be commercially available anytime soon. Wikipedia states that devices with its support will go on sale in 2024. MediaTek gives a more optimistic forecast – the company is ready to start producing such devices as early as 2023, and wide testing of gadgets with Wi-Fi 7 support will begin in the second quarter of 2022, when the specifications of the new standard are approved.