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The next generation of Wi-Fi is already being developed, just weeks after customers began receiving the latest iterations, with 7 Gb-capable technology set to launch in 2015.

The latest generation of 1.3Gb capable Wi-Fi wireless home networking standard (WLAN), known as 802.11ac, has recently reached its final form, but the industry is not resting on its laurels, with IEEE 802.11ac-2013 now in the pipeline and promising a dramatic improvement in network speeds.

Key features of the new technology will include the usual array of better modulation and improved beamforming, which helps the Wi-Fi signal to more directly target another client device, as well as an increase in the maximum number of spatial streams, to eight.

The progression of wireless technology has created an "evolutionary demand" to enhance the capacity of wireless networks in order to support the increasing number of users and higher bandwidth requirements, explained Bruce Kraemer, Chair of the IEEE 802.11 Working Group.

He added: "Moreover, as WLAN usage of shared spectrum grows, the wireless access mechanisms need to be improved to achieve higher multi-user throughput. IEEE 802.11ac is intended to meet these evolving needs for higher data rates and to help enable new generations of data-intensive wireless applications."

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