Brazil Becomes the Second Country to Release the Full 6 GHz Spectrum for Wi-Fi

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1Q 2021 | IN-6103


Brazil Releases the Full 6 GHz Band for Unlicensed Wi-Fi Use


In February 2021, Brazil’s telco regulator Anatel unanimously voted to release the full 1.2 GHz of spectrum within the 6 GHz band for Wi-Fi, making it the second-largest area to do so after the United States. The entire band will be available for low power indoor Wi-Fi use, as well as very low power Wi-Fi use by portable devices, making it the first country to do so. Very low power use allows outdoor interference to be eliminated, which is beneficial for a number of high-power, high data-consuming applications, including IoT, connected cars, AR, and VR. The United States is still to finalize plans for very low power use, despite being the first country to release the full 1.6 GHz of spectrum within the 6 GHz band.

Anatel has not yet made any standardization decisions to protect incumbent users of the 6 GHz band, unlike in regions such as the United States, which permits standard power Wi-Fi use indoors and outdoors under the Automatic Frequency Coordination database scheme. Anatel has, however, stated that it will propose a harmonization range recom…

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