A physical layer comparison of cellular evolution with WiFi over the last three decades.

Cellular and WiFi — It Takes Two to Tango

There are a lot of similarities between the cellular and WiFi evolution, especially for the physical layer. Today, both are ubiquitous and indispensable: a rare case of two competing technologies carving a niche for themselves and co-existing. Let us take a look at their interesting history!

Prasanna Sethuraman
Sep 12 · 12 min read
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GIF animation tango showing WiFi Cellular evolution
GIF animation tango showing WiFi Cellular evolution

The Beginning: GSM and 802.11b

The Buildup: WCDMA and 802.11a/g

The Evolution: LTE and 802.11n/ac/ax

The Future: 5GNR and 802.11be

The Winner

The Startup

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