The US Federal Communications Commission opens radio spectrum in a 6GHz frequency band, introducing a new era of fast low latency Internet connections.
The decision, unanimously voted by the FCC, will add 1,200 Megahertz of Wi-Fi for unlicensed use and increase the amount of Wi-Fi spectrum by almost fivefold.
The release of the spectrum offers new radio waves for routers, and will likely result in better Wi-Fi service speeds, hyper-low latency and higher network capacity.
For broadband customers, there will be more airwaves that home routers can use to broadcast Wi-Fi signals, and it helps to reduce network interruption.
Tech giant Intel called it the & # 39; most significant contribution to Wi-Fi in nearly 20 years & # 39; while Apple said & # 39; it sets the course for the next generation of Wi-Fi networks & # 39; .
Smartphone and hardware manufacturers in the US will focus their efforts on marketing devices that meet this new spectrum – Wi-Fi 6E with brand.
The European Commission is expected to follow later this year with a similar decision to release 6GHz in Europe, while UK telecom regulator Ofcom is in & # 39; advanced stages & # 39; is discussing the release of 6GHz in Britain.
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The release of the spectrum will & # 39; radically change & # 39; for the Wi-Fi sector in terms of service speed, hyper low latency and more importantly, network capacity, the Wireless Broadband Alliance said
With the decision, the US becomes the first country in the & # 39; world to spectrum in & # 39; e 6GHz band to open.
The 6GHz band in & # 39; FS will add to & # 39; e currently used 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands to meet additional broadband demand and provide faster data transmission.
No new spectrum has been available for about 20 years for Wi-Fi in & # 39; FS, and the 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi bands are & # 39; full & # 39 ;, according to Intel.
This will mean more reliable Internet connections for the next generation of devices – in & # 39; especially & # 39; smart home & # 39; devices such as connected thermostats and lights.
Devices that use the 6GHz band – Wi-Fi 6E devices – will start to be available in the second half of this year as early as 2021.
WBA graph shows the throughput and processing speed on Wi-Fi 6E is much higher and therefore faster. Although it is not as long in reach as the lower spectrum bands (meaning coverage area is slightly lower), latency is much lower, which means less delay – for example, lower lag on video
Early Wi-Fi 6E wires have already reached speeds of 2Gbps and consistent two-millisecond low latency connections, according to telco industry association the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA).
& # 39; Expand Wi-Fi in & # 39; a 6GHz spectrum band can provide more Wi-Fi capacity than all other bands together, & # 39; said Tiago Rodrigues, CEO of & # 39; e WBA, which has conducted Wi-Fi 6 trials with Intel and Broadcom.
& # 39; What's more, using Wi-Fi 6 technology in & # 39; An expanded band – also known as Wi-Fi 6E – will provide higher speeds, low latency and service levels equivalent to 5G networks and can support the widespread, low cost, use of advanced business, industrial and consumer applications.
& # 39; This decision of & # 39; The FCC is now putting pressure on regulators in other countries that should overtake the US. & # 39;
Extra spectrum will mean home internet routers have access to more radio waves to broadcast Wi-Fi signals
In-house, Wi-Fi 6E will not interfere with streaming movies and video, new opportunities for immersive gaming experiences, as well as no buffering and much faster download speeds, Rodrigues said.
& # 39; In terms of network capacity and capacity, Wi-Fi 6E will rewrite the rules of what is possible. & # 39;
Trials in California have already shown that Wi-Fi 6E meets & # 39; the needs of industrial and consumer applications, including augmented and virtual reality technology, the WBA said.
WI-FI 6E DEVICES SET IN 2020 will be released
WiFi 6 is a new standard in WiFi technology that promises better speeds and more.
Devices everywhere are set to take the standard next year.
The technology promises:
- Better to handle more devices at the same time with WiFi
- Greater security with the help of a new standard called WPA 3
- Better battery life by reducing the time a device uses its antenna
- More information can be provided even faster with a combination of new software and hardware
Wi-Fi 6E will be two and a half times faster than the current standard, according to the FCC.
Open the 6GHz band for & # 39; unlicensed use & # 39; – which means that permits are not needed to use it – will also help improve rural connectivity.
& # 39; Wi-Fi 6E will be truly transformational, & # 39; said Chris Bruce, managing director of GlobalReach Technology, which provides Wi-Fi software.
& # 39; It will accelerate customer experience improvements for operators and businesses by providing better connectivity in stackable, hard-to-reach locations, and through low latency for consumer and sector applications, along with flexibility and cost savings. & # 39; ;
Wi-Fi 6E devices will bring several major improvements over today's technology, including the ability to maintain high speeds, even when multiple devices are drawing on the network.
For Wi-Fi 6E routers, the technology will double the number of devices the hardware can communicate with, from four to eight.
It also allows data to be transmitted by a router to provide information to multiple devices in one transmission, making the signal more efficient.
The current 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi bands are full and no new spectrum has been available for Wi-Fi in the US in nearly 20 years, according to Intel – which is the range of connected devices, use of computer and data demand has skyrocketed
Wi-Fi 6E could even positively impact device life, allowing devices to better map communications with a router and in turn reduce the time the antenna stays on.
WBA said it has already led Wi-Fi 6E trials in residential and educational settings, transport hubs, sports stadiums and more.
& # 39; Wi-Fi 6E technology is designed to deliver performance in highly occupied locations and the next phase of your trials will prove that performance is in real world locations, & # 39; said Rodrigues.
& # 39; These trials will see the application and benefits of & # 39; e live technology demonstrates and accelerates the adoption and creation of new business opportunities enabled by the opening of the 6GHz spectrum to be used for Wi-Fi services. & # 39;
Smartphones could be the first consumer devices to adopt Wi-Fi 6E, said Phil Solis, a wireless analyst with IDC, The Verge.
As many as 316 million devices will ship with Wi-Fi 6E support in 2021, he said, followed by tablets and smart TV's in the next two years.
& # 39; Wi-Fi is a very important part of & # 39; & # 39; so higher end phones have higher quality Wi-Fi chips in them, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Smartphones are a major product that makes sense for 6E, because & # 39; people use their phones for just about everything. & # 39;
The FCC decision also means that smartphone makers, hardware developers and network providers should be ready for Wi-FI 6E.
This includes Intel, which develops Wi-Fi 6 chips for access points and PCs, and Apple, which said it & # 39; s innovative new product experiences & # 39; makes.
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