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Move Over Wifi, LiFi Is Now Here: How This New Technology Will Impact Internet Usage

While the advent of modern technology has brought with it countless things that we still benefit from today, it’s also behind some of our current woes, and it seems like these problems aren’t going away any time soon.

For example, our increasingly connected world has made our networks much bigger than before, allowing us to meet people from all over the planet. However, it’s also made us increasingly reliant on it. This led to a rapidly growing number of users, devices and services competing for a limited radio frequency (RF) spectrum. Unfortunately, this spectrum (which includes 3G, 4G, 5G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth) is a finite resource and experts state that it can only cover 5 percent of the demand that is expected to come not long from now.

So how do we try to solve this?

Enter ‘LiFi,” which is a technology that’s supposed to use part of the visible light portion of the electromagnetic spectrum to be able to send information at very high speeds. Quite similar to Wi-Fi, it’s much faster and more secure since it uses LED luminaires and lightbulbs as access points instead of radio base stations and the usual wireless routers. This makes the technology essentially combine telecommunications and lighting, making it possible to provide the right ecosystem that can tackle the connectivity challenges of the new digital age while also transforming the way we communicate and live our lives.

Connecting Everyone

One common misconception is that LiFi aims to replace Wi-Fi technology. This is wrong, however, because both are meant to work together. This is because LiFi is actually designed to work together with other wireless technologies in order to complement them both on the access side and in smart devices. As such, there would be a connectivity ecosystem that includes all these wireless technologies that would be able to meet every need and provide for every customer with an equal level of good service.

And as LiFi starts to get integrated in future devices, it will bring with it new possibilities that other wireless technologies lack, all of which would be able to meet the coming demands of the new digital age.

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