FCC to vote to open 6GHz white band for Wi-Fi 6E devices

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced today that it will vote on the 6GHz white spectrum required for Wi-Fi 6E devices. If the new proposal is approved on April 23, the next generation of wireless network devices will receive more than 1200MHz of additional bandwidth. The agency said the move was designed to accommodate growing wireless network usage, and the new proposal would help increase the number of Wi-Fi-readables available by almost five times.

FCC to vote to open 6GHz white band for Wi-Fi 6E devices

Infographic (from: Broadcom)

The FCC added that the new 6GHz spectrum will not only benefit consumers and innovators, but also be an important step in increasing national network capacity, helping to position the U.S. in next-generation wireless technology, including 5G.

It is reported that the 6GHz spectrum can accommodate up to seven 160MHz channels at a time, as bandwidth is more than twice the current 5GHz Wi-Fi band.

In addition, the new spectrum avoids the old standard equipment to grab bandwidth, the latency is much lower. Like a highway with more lanes.

In fact, as early as September 2019, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai expressed support for the opening of the 6GHz white spectrum.

Although the band is currently being used to support services such as utilities, public safety, and wireless microwaves, studies have shown that it is also possible to deliver to consumers the ability to share this rich white band.

The wireless industry has been heavily supportive of the initiative, such as in January, when Wi-Fi pre-announced a new name for Wi-Fi 6E devices that support the 6GHz spectrum.

Broadcom also quickly released Wi-Fi 6E chipsets that support products such as phones and wireless access points, and expects manufacturers to act quickly in the coming months.