FCC Opens 6 GHz Frequency, Opening the Future of Wi-Fi

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 12:19

A New Band of Frequencies Means New Possibilities

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it would open a new range of frequencies in the 6 GHz band to unlicensed uses, such as Wi-Fi. This change opens up a 1200 MHz-wide range of frequency to consumer uses that was previously restricted primarily to utility, public safety, and wireless backhaul applications. Opening up this additional frequency band to consumer applications like Wi-Fi will mean a big increase to the quality and bandwidth of consumer Wi-Fi, as well as allowing many more devices share a wireless network.

There is still a great deal of work to be done to design for interoperability with existing occupants of the 6 GHz band, as well as how to handle low-power and higher-power entrants sharing the space.  However, this change paves the way for Wi-Fi 6, the latest generation of Wi-Fi, as well as the high volume of low-power sensor and control-type devices associated with the internet of things.

In this post we’ll look at the existing frequency demand and some intended uses for the 6 GHz spectrum.