The Evolution of Wi-Fi

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The 802.11 standard and subsequent generations are the basis for Wi-Fi networks and represent the world's most widely used wireless computer networking protocols. As of 2024, 19.5 billion Wi-Fi devices are in use, over 15.14 billion connected IoT devices, and over 5.35 billion Internet users worldwide. Wi-Fi also significantly contributes to the global economy. The Wi-Fi Alliance estimates that Wi-Fi drove $3.5 trillion in global economic value in 2023 and will drive over $4.9 trillion in 2025.

Wi-Fi is ingrained in our everyday lives as one of the most widely deployed, ubiquitous technologies in the world and will continue to be for the foreseeable future.

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