Ofcom Decision Makes the United Kingdom the Second Country to Release 6GHz Wi-Fi Band

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By Stephanie Tomsett | 3Q 2020 | IN-5894


Ofcom to Free up 500MHz of 6GHz band Spectrum


Ofcom, the regulator that manages the United Kingdom’s spectrum, is aiding the increased momentum of 6GHz Wi-Fi as it has announced that it is freeing 500MHz of 6GHz band spectrum for indoor use (specifically 5925-6425MHz) without the need for a license, as well as allowing license-exempt Very Low Power (VLP) outdoor use, removing Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) requirements in the 5.8GHz band, and updating Wi-Fi router technical requirements to ease wireless network congestion. This will create better User Experiences (UX), as well as provide Ultra HD streaming, Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR) uses.

This announcement has enabled the United Kingdom to become the second country in the world to release the 6GHz band for Wi-Fi, after the United States’ Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s April 2020 announcement to also free up the 6GHz band for unlicensed use. While this 500MHz is less than w...

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