Presenting an evidence base
for enabling licence-exempt
access to the 6 GHz band (5925-7125 MHz)
Since 2017, the Wi-Fi community has been advocating for access to new mid-band spectrum in support of the latest licence-exempt technologies, applications and services.
The Wi-Fi community strongly supports opening the
6 GHz band (5925-7125 MHz), while ensuring protection to incumbent services, predominantely fixed satellite and fixed services.
Multiple jurisdictions around the world are making all, or part of, the 6 GHz band available on a licence-exempt basis, while others have consultations pending. Standards and certifications are completed, and a variety of licence-exempt 6 GHz equipment is now available on the market.
This resource base has been developed on behalf of the
6 GHz Coalition, which is supported by multiple Wi-Fi ecosystem companies.
It hosts a range of resources, including from global associations The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance and
Wi-Fi Alliance, to support policymakers as they consider how to best enable access to the 6 GHz band
(5925-7125 MHz) to achieve national broadband goals and maximise economic benefits for society.
ENABLING WI-FI IN 6 GHZ
Wi-Fi is critical
An essential part of broadband delivery, there are now over 16 billion Wi-Fi devices in use globally. Wi-Fi enables businesses to get work done and people to get online in urban, suburban and rural areas. A new generation of Wi-Fi / Wi-Fi 6E can enable a raft of new applications bringing both social and economic benefits.
Need for licence-exempt
access to 6 GHz
Companies can harness licence-exempt spectrum to develop new services. The current Wi-Fi bands
(2.4 GHz & 5 GHz) do not provide the contiguous blocks of spectrum for wider channels that will enable Wi-Fi 6E to deliver optimal performance for speed and latency. With appropriate rules Wi-Fi can co-exist with fixed systems and other existing users of 6 GHz spectrum.
Realise the full potential of
the entire 6 GHz band
There is an urgent need to provide licence-exempt access to the full 1200 MHz of the 6 GHz band to meet the ever increasing demands for broadband services and applications. Wi-Fi 6E standards are complete, equipment is on the market and ready to use, plus authorising licence-exempt spectrum in the entire band would benefit mobile offload and backhaul.
GLOBAL PROGRESS TOWARDS
LICENCE-EXEMPT ACCESS TO THE 6 GHZ BAND
In many countries, the entire band (5925-7125 MHz) is now available.
Data correct as of September 2023
Data correct as of September 2023.
Infographics and FAQ
Regionally focused infographics clearly outline the importance of allowing licence-exempt access to the entire 6 GHz band now, as well as explaining how satellite and Wi-Fi can co-exist, harnessing the 6 GHz band to bring broadband to underserved areas.
Reports and Analysis
Shorter Reads explain policy issues and options related to enabling licence-exempt access to the 6 GHz band. Some are summaries of analytical reports. Longer Reads provide a detailed and well researched evidence to support decision making.
In-depth analysis of specific technical issues.
Podcasts and Videos
Wi-Fi Alliance: Wi-Fi 6E: Expanding Wi-Fi into
6 GHz Spectrum (English)
Intel Technology: Wi-Fi 6E
Congestion Video Call
Intel Technology: Wi-Fi 6E Congestion Gaming Demo Video
Wi-Fi Facts and Figures
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