In addition to its advantages for enterprises, the technology could help service providers to cover public areas where dense crowds gather, such as stadiums and university classrooms, Cisco's Friday said. Because of its sheer speed, the new technology could also untether some types of work from wired networks, Friday said. For example, doctors could use WiGig to share medical imagery in a hospital without having to plug into a wired LAN, he said.
If past Wi-Fi evolution is a guide, there's more room to grow with 60GHz. The 802.11ad standard achieves its 7Gbps speed without even using tools such as channel bonding and multiple radios that can boost the performance of 802.11n and 802.11ac. With those enhancements, future standards could offer as much as 50Gbps, Wilocity's Tamir said.
"There's a good deal of work that still needs to be done," Farpoint's Mathias said. Success for WiGig will depend on the further advancements in the standard, specifications from the Wi-Fi Alliance, and marketing and education efforts, he said. Many enterprises are just exploring how to implement 802.11ac to supplement their existing networks. Adding 60GHz to the mix will take even more work.
"Markets will always absorb evolution faster than revolution," Mathias said.