Light Communications: The Future of Wireless Connectivity


Published on Jul 14, 2023   —   2 min read

A Deep Dive into the Future of Light Communications and its Impact on Wireless Networks

In the bustling world of telecommunications, a new standard has emerged, promising to revolutionize the way we perceive wireless connectivity. The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized body for the development of technology standards, has approved a novel standard known as IEEE 802.11bb-2023. This standard is not just another addition to the vast array of existing ones, but a significant amendment that could redefine the landscape of wireless communication.

Illuminating the Wireless Medium

The IEEE 802.11bb-2023 is a beacon in the realm of wireless technology. It modifies the existing physical layers (PHYs) and the medium access control layer (MAC), enabling the transparent operation of IEEE 802.11 over a medium that has been underutilized until now - light. Yes, you read that right. The future of wireless communication lies in the very element that illuminates our world.

A Spectrum of Possibilities

The standard specifies PHYs that provide bidirectional operations in the 800 nm to 1000 nm band. This range, part of the near-infrared spectrum, is non-hazardous and abundant, making it a promising medium for wireless communication. But the IEEE 802.11bb-2023 doesn't stop there. It aims to achieve a minimum and maximum throughput of 10 Mb/s and 9.6 Gb/s, respectively, as measured at the MAC data service access point (SAP). These figures represent a significant leap in data transmission speeds, opening up a spectrum of possibilities for high-speed, low-latency applications.

Bridging the Gap

One of the key aspects of the IEEE 802.11bb-2023 is its emphasis on interoperability. The standard facilitates seamless interaction among solid-state light sources with different modulation bandwidths. This feature is crucial in a world where technology is diverse and ever-changing. By ensuring interoperability, the IEEE 802.11bb-2023 bridges the gap between different light sources, creating a more cohesive and efficient network.

As we move forward into a future where data and speed are paramount, the IEEE 802.11bb-2023 shines a light on the path ahead. It represents a significant stride in wireless technology, illuminating the way towards a more connected and efficient world.

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