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March 20, 2020

Global Consensus Is Against 6 GHz Giveaway .

Global Consensus Is Against 6 GHz Giveaway

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Kara Graves
Assistant Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

 

No other country is contemplating giving away all 1,200 megahertz of the 6 GHz band for Wi-Fi. Cable, Facebook, and Google are demanding more than double the 6 GHz spectrum that other nations are considering making available for services like Wi-Fi.

Countries Proposing 1,200 Megahertz for Unlicensed Use

Many countries are looking at the 6 GHz band for unlicensed but only the lower portion—up to 500 megahertz. That includes many EU nations, like France, Germany, Spain, and Sweden, as well as the United Kingdom. Cable, Facebook, and Google are alone in asking for more than twice that: all 1,200 megahertz.

The U.S. could be the first to deploy in 6 GHz with as much unlicensed spectrum as any other country is even contemplating. Roughly half of the 6 GHz band for Wi-Fi would be a huge win and should be celebrated.

Remarkably, Cable, Facebook and Google aren’t content with that.  They are demanding more than double that amount. That’s the debate. With finite spectrum to go around, is giving all 1,200 megahertz away really the right approach?

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