FCC’s Release of 6 GHz Spectrum for Wi-Fi 6 Opens New Opportunities

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By Kangrui Ling | 2Q 2020 | IN-5811


FCC and Ofcom an Example for the Rest of the World


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently made 1200 Megahertz (MHz) of spectrum in 6 GHz available for unlicensed usage. Prior to this, Wi-Fi 6 had two available bandwidths in the United States: 60 MHz in 2.4 GHz and 500 MHz in 5 GHz. The opening of 6 GHz for Wi-Fi 6 in the United States paves the way for the new Wi-Fi 6E routers, which are manufactured to support the 6 GHz spectrum. To clarify, Wi-Fi 6 routers can only support the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz bands, and Wi-Fi 6E demarks when Wi-Fi 6 is using the 6 GHz band.  

The Office of Communications (Ofcom), the United Kingdom’s communications regulator, has also proposed the lower 6 GHz band (5925 MHz to 6425 MHz) be made available for Wi-Fi. They have also proposed removing Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) requirements from Wi-Fi channels in the 5.8 GHz band (5725 MHZ to 5850 MHz). ABI Research believes that the United States and the United Kingdom’s recent moves are a pattern that the rest of the world’s regulators will follow.

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