As of 2023, there are an estimated 1.9 billion fifth generation (5G) subscriptions worldwide. This figure is forecast to increase to 2.8 billion by 2024, and 5.9 billion by 2027, according to Statista. The importance of connectivity in the hospitality industry is becoming increasingly apparent, not just in terms of performance but also as a bridge between present investments and future opportunities. Hotel owners must recognize that 5G and Wi-Fi are not competing solutions; rather, they can work together to enhance capabilities and create a robust and reliable connectivity experience for both hotels and guests. By understanding the potential of these technologies, hoteliers can extend and enhance their existing networks to meet the growing demands of the digital age.
While bringing the 5G signal indoors can be a costly endeavor, the good news is that the 5G standard is designed to converge with Wi-Fi infrastructure. To enable seamless roaming between 5G and Wi-Fi networks, it is crucial for hoteliers to invest in the latest Wi-Fi 6 hardware that complies with the 802.11ax standard. This ensures that wireless devices can seamlessly transition between the two networks, maximizing the benefits of both technologies.
How can you step up your game with Wi-fi 6 and 5G?
Boutique hotels that embrace this bandwagon and seamlessly combine 5G and Wi-Fi 6, facilitated by a multi-access edge computing (MEC) gateway between cell carriers and the hotel, stand to reap numerous benefits. This integration presents exciting possibilities, such as van drivers using their 5G cell phones to instantly access the hotel’s Wi-Fi 6 network, granting them full transparency to shuttle bookings as if they were physically at the location. Similarly, guests who are off-site can conveniently order food for delivery to their rooms or check the status of room cleaning before returning to the hotel, all through the integrated network.
Are you ready to harness the power of 5G and Wi-Fi 6?
The convergence of 5G and Wi-Fi 6 presents a remarkable opportunity for boutique hotels to revolutionize guest experiences. By seamlessly integrating these technologies through the use of a MEC gateway, hotels can provide their guests with seamless connectivity, enhanced services, and a personalized digital experience.
Sigma Wifi’s team of seasoned wireless technology specialists are adept at tailoring solutions to meet your business’s specific needs. They can assist you in harnessing the full potential of WiFi 6 and offer comprehensive support and maintenance services to ensure that your wireless network remains cutting-edge and operates at optimal performance levels.