May 29, 2017: With the French state banning Wi-Fi in schools to protect young people from ‘possibly carcinogenic’ electromagnetic waves, companies into Li-Fi, a system that uses light to provide internet access, is eyeing the opportunity to penetrate the market.
The French government has initiated to ban Wi-Fi in schools, nurseries, childcare centres, etc, that cater to children under six. Li-Fi is, therefore, expected to grab a high portion of the Wi-Fi market, especially in the commercial segment.
Companies into Li-Fi, which is in the early stages of development, are also trying to penetrate hospitals and health centers. This will reduce exposure to electromagnetic pollution and bring reliable internet access to neonatal units and kindergartens where electromagnetic waves are forbidden. The installation Li-Fi on the Paris Metro will be a biggest success story. The Paris project is large in scale, requiring 10,000 light points to be fitted with Li-Fi technology.
With the advancement of the technology, mini-Li-Fi receptors will be used in smartphones that will allow people to use their mobile phones via wireless internet connection provided by lighting.
France Li-Fi market is estimated to be worth US$ 1.6 billion by 2021. France will be the 2nd largest Li-Fi market in Europe and fifth largest in the world after China, US, Canada and UK.
In Li-Fi technology, light coming from LED bulbs acts as carrier for data and can reach any devices which is illuminated by it. This technology has the potential to transmit data up to speed of 224 GB per second and is about 100 times faster than Wi-Fi.