FCC Votes to Open Up 6 GHz Band for Wi-Fi

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By Andrew Zignani | 4Q 2018 | IN-5296


Increased Demands on Wi-Fi Posing Difficult Challenges


Over the next decade, Wi-Fi faces a number of difficult challenges. Key among them are the growing demands being placed on Wi-Fi networks, leading to increased congestion, performance limitations, and reduced quality of service (QoS). New Wi-Fi standards such as 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) are helping to address some of these challenges; however, there is an increasing acknowledgement that the existing unlicensed spectrum available for Wi-Fi will be insufficient in addressing the future needs of the Wi-Fi ecosystem. Last year, leading companies who are invested in the Wi-Fi ecosystem—including the likes of Broadcom, Cypress, Intel, Cisco, MediaTek, Google, Apple, and Facebook—came together to press the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the need for unlicensed spectrum in the 6 GHz band (i.e., 5925–7125 MHz) to be opened and utilized by Wi-Fi technologies. In anticipation of regulatory action, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11ax Task Group amended the Project Authorization Request (PAR) for …

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