FCC open 6GHz Band to Wi-Fi | Wi-Fi 6E To Enable
The Federal Communications Commission voted to open up spectrum in the 6GHz band for unlicensed use, meaning routers can now use more of the open radio waves to broadcast Wi-Fi signals. The next generation WiFi 6E will take advantage of the 6GHz band to provide a seamless wireless connectivity experience.
“To accommodate the growth in Wi-Fi demand, the FCC is aiming to increase the availability of Wi-Fi spectrum through our boldest initiative: making the entire 6 GHz band available for unlicensed use,” the FCC announced. By doing so, we will effectively increase the amount of Wi-Fi spectrum available almost fivefold.”
Routers and other devices will have access to more open airwaves to broadcast WiFi signals. This means that when the new spectrum is launched later this year, the next generation of devices will have a more reliable connection and less interference from other devices.
The introduction of the 6GHz band is the biggest expansion since the advent of WiFi in 1989. By the end of 2020, the device will be compatible with the new spectrum. When in use, it will be labeled “WiFi 6E. “WiFi currently works on two bands: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. 2.4GHz transmits farther, 5GHz transmits data faster, and 6GHz will quadruple the number of available airwaves.
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The FCC’s decision could not only benefit consumers, but also boost the U.S. economy, with reports suggesting that a broader WiFi signal could bring in more than $180 million by 2025.