Dynamic Spectrum Alliance urges countries around the world to adopt license-free access to the entire 6 GHz band
Washington DC, United States, August 11: Opening the entire 6 GHz band to unlicensed technologies is important for improving the economy, bridging the digital divide, accelerating technical innovation and more, says the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA), which together with Broadcom, Cisco, Facebook, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel and Microsoft are releasing a new report today.
“6E Wi-Fi technology is now ready and the benefits of enabling unlicensed 1200 MHz access in the 6 GHz band will have an immediate impact in countries around the world,” said Martha Suarez, President of DSA. “The global momentum towards opening up the 6 GHz band for unlicensed RLAN technology has exploded. The 5925-7125 MHz band has been opened in Brazil, the Republic of Korea, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Peru and Canada, with more countries following suit.
The report reveals that regulators around the world have reached a remarkable and rapid consensus with 6 GHz regulatory decisions covering nearly 54% of global GDP and nearly 42% of GDP having opened or proposed to open all of the 6 GHz band is for unlicensed use. This affirmed action is happening in part because governments have recognized the key role that robust broadband connectivity plays in the lives of citizens, the state of their economies, and in supporting national broadband connectivity deployments.
Allocating the entire 6 GHz band to license-exempt use offers significant economic benefits. The Wi-Fi Alliance has conducted extensive studies with Telecom Advisory Services on the impact of Wi-Fi on global and national economies, concluding that on a global scale, assuming regulators open up all of Band 6 GHz to Wi-Fi, the $ 3.3 trillion in Wi-Fi value to the global economy in 2021 will reach $ 4.9 trillion in 2025.
As applications become increasingly bandwidth-intensive and connected devices with increasing data demands continue to proliferate, the sustainability of digital ecosystems hinges on unlicensed technologies such as Wi-Fi. , fixed and mobile broadband networks continue to become faster and more data intensive with the evolution of fiber as well as the switch from 4G to 5G.
Opening up the entire 6 GHz band to license-exempt technologies is a crucial step in fostering innovation. Swift action by regulators will make spectrum available for next generations of license-exempt technologies (e.g. Wi-Fi 7 and 5G NR-U) while keeping their countries at the forefront of innovation. Wi-Fi 7 will drive innovation, unleashing the emergence of future generations of applications, including augmented reality, virtual reality, holographic systems, haptics and more.
For more information on why it is so important to use unlicensed access to the 6 GHz band, see the full report titled “6 GHz License Exemption: Why All 1200 MHz and Why Now?” Can be read online: https://bit.ly/3sbop8E
About the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance
The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance is a global organization that advocates for laws and regulations that will lead to more effective and efficient use of spectrum. DSA members encompass multinationals, small and medium-sized enterprises, and academic, research and other organizations around the world, all working to create innovative solutions that will increase the amount of available spectrum for the benefit of consumers and businesses.
For more information visit: http://www.dynamicspectrumalliance.org/.
About the report
“6 GHz license exemption: why the full 1200 MHz and why now? Was co-authored by DSA members in partnership with Intel and Qualcomm.
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