Wi-Fi may see one of it's biggest advancements in a decade. Wi-Fi traditionally has operated on 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz. Later this month, the FCC is deciding whether to allow another 1.2GHz of unlicensed spectrum at 6GHz. The spectrum could be utilized by Wi-Fi 6 enabled devices.
Today the 6GHz spectrum is utilized for public service, government, and back-haul communication.
Utilizing this spectrum opens a host of new channels and at least for the time being a significant decrease in the number of conflicts as there are few devices utilizing this spectrum.
There would be at least two different power modes, one lower power mode operating indoors for the full 1.2GHz of spectrum and a standard power mode operating outdoors for 850MHz.
The opportunity of additional spectrum also enables a significant opportunity to offload wireless traffic from mobile devices by small cell Wi-Fi enabled devices to wired networks.
"To accommodate that increase in Wi-Fi demand, the FCC is aiming to increase the supply of Wi-Fi spectrum with our boldest initiative yet: making the entire 6 GHz band available for unlicensed use. By doing this, we would effectively increase the amount of spectrum available for Wi-Fi almost by a factor of five. This would be a huge benefit to consumers and innovators across the nation. It would be another step toward increasing the capacity of our country’s networks. And it would help advance even further our leadership in next generation wireless technologies, including 5G.” - Comments of April 1, 2020 from Ajit Pai, Chairman of the FCC.