Cisco Systems announced new products that are based on the 802.11ac wireless networking standard that offer data transfer speeds of up to one gigabit per second, which the company says is fast enough to download significant amounts of Web content and run streaming video simultaneously.

The new products, which Cisco says are already being adopted by hospitals, universities, law firms and other organizations, will enable businesses to support the growing number of devices connected to their wireless networks. The technology will also allow businesses to more effectively support high-bandwidth applications, such as streaming HD video, Web conferencing and data backup and transfers.

Operating in the 5GHz range, 802.11ac allows organizations to provide users with greater speeds and access to more bandwidth-intensive applications. Cisco's field-upgradeable modules help ensure high performance for connected users and also extend the battery life of mobile devices, the company says.

“We are in a new era of the digital lifestyle and our customers are looking to increase employee productivity for those working on their mobile devices, by supporting the higher bandwidth applications popular amongst these users,” Chris Spain, vice president of product marketing, Wireless Networking Group at Cisco, said in a statement. “Cisco's new 802.11ac modules will support devices now operating on this standard while more effectively utilizing spectrum in the workplace."

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