Open up 1200MHz of bandwidth in 6GHz band, says lobby group
A wireless trade association has called on countries to work together to open up 6GHz as licence-exempt spectrum for Wifi broadband.
The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA), backed by Broadcom, Cisco, Facebook, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel and Microsoft, said in a report that the band will help countries address the digital divide and accelerate technical innovation.
Martha Suarez (pictured), president of the DSA, said: “Wi-Fi 6E technology is ready now and the benefits from enabling licence-exempt access to 1200MHz in the 6GHz band will have an immediate impact in countries worldwide.”
She said there is “global momentum towards opening the 6GHz band” for the technology. “The 5925-7125MHz band has opened in Brazil, the Republic of Korea, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Peru and Canada, with more countries in the process of following suit.”
The DSA report says that regulators globally have reached “a remarkable and swift consensus” on the spectrum in the 6GHz band. “This assertive action is happening in part because governments have recognized the key role that robust broadband connectivity plays for the lives of citizens, the state of their economies, and in supporting national broadband connectivity deployments,” said the alliance.
The organisation called for the entire 6GHz band to be licence-exempt for Wifi applications.
“Opening the full 6GHz band to licence-exempt technologies is a critical step to foster innovation,” said the DSA. “Expeditious action by regulators will make spectrum available for next generations of licence-exempt technologies … while keeping their countries positioned on the leading edge of innovation.”