Presenting an evidence base

for enabling licence-exempt
access to the 6 GHz band
(5925-7125 MHz)

 

 

WELCOME

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
for connectivity

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 27th Sep 2022.

RESOURCES

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.

6 GHz 
Q&A

6 GHz infographic,
Africa

6 GHz infographic,
Europe

6 GHz infographic,
Middle East

Satellite and Wi-Fi can share 6 GHz band

DSA: Ensuring Wi-Fi connectivity in Europe

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.

Shorter Reads

DSA report summary: 6 GHz licence-exempt. Why the full 1200 MHz and why now?

SenzaFili and Intel:Wifi7 –
The next generation in the evolution of Wi-Fi.

Policy Impact Partners: Spectrum Efficiency at 6 GHz – What to consider

Longer Reads

DSA White Paper: How do Europeans connect to the internet?

White Paper:
How to realise the full
potential of 6 GHz Spectrum

DSA report: 6 GHz licence-exempt. Why the full 1200 MHz and why now?

Wi-Fi Alliance study:
Global Economic Value
of Wi-Fi®

DSA: Accessing the economic value of unlicensed use of the 6 GHz band in Indonesia

DSA: Accessing the economic value of unlicensed use of the 6 GHz band in South Africa

DSA: Accessing the economic value of unlicensed use of the 6 GHz band in Nigeria

DSA: Accessing the economic value of unlicensed use of the 6 GHz band in Kenya

DSA: Valor economico de
6 GHz en Argentina

DSA: Valor economico de
6 GHz en Ecuador

Technical Briefings

In-depth analysis of specific technical issues.

Aruba: With Wi-Fi 6E, is it time to considera layered network approach?

Aruba: Technical guide to Wi-Fi 6E and the 6 GHz band

Policy Impact Partners: Analysis of Wi-Fi 6E and 5G Spectrum Efficiency at 6 GHz

SenzaFill: Sharing access to the upper 6 GHz band

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

MEDIA RESOURCES

Wi-Fi Facts and Figures

Wi-Fi Facts and Figures:
Arab States

Wi-Fi Facts and Figures:
Africa

Wi-Fi Facts and Figures:
Europe

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