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Recent Development of Emerging Indoor Wireless Networks towards 6G

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posted on 2024-06-02, 23:26 authored by Sampath Edirisinghe, Orga Galagedarage, Imali DiasImali Dias, Chathu RanaweeraChathu Ranaweera
Sixth-generation (6G) mobile technology is currently under development, and is envisioned to fulfill the requirements of a fully connected world, providing ubiquitous wireless connectivity for diverse users and emerging applications. Transformative solutions are expected to drive the surge to accommodate a rapidly growing number of intelligent devices and services. In this regard, wireless local area networks (WLANs) have a major role to play in indoor spaces, from supporting explosive growth in high-bandwidth applications to massive sensor arrays with diverse network requirements. Sixth-generation technology is expected to have a superconvergence of networks, including WLANs, to support this growth in applications in multiple dimensions. To this end, this paper comprehensively reviews the latest developments in diverse WLAN technologies, including WiFi, visible light communication, and optical wireless communication networks, as well as their technical capabilities. This paper also discusses how well these emerging WLANs align with supporting 6G requirements. The analyses presented in the paper provide insight into the research opportunities that need to be investigated to overcome the challenges in integrating WLANs in a 6G ecosystem.

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Journal

Network

Volume

3

Pagination

269-297

Location

Basel, Switzerland

eISSN

2673-8732

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

2

Publisher

MDPI

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