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Dynamic Spectrum Alliance urges countries worldwide to adopt license-exempt access to 6GHz band


Opening the full 6GHz band for license-exempt technologies is important to improve the economy, address the digital divide, accelerate technical innovation and more, says the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) who, together with Broadcom, Cisco, Facebook, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel and Microsoft, is releasing a new report today.


“Wi-Fi 6E technology is ready now and the benefits from enabling license-exempt access to 1200MHz in the 6GHz band will have an immediate impact in countries worldwide,” said Martha Suarez, President of the DSA. “Global momentum towards opening the 6GHz band for license-exempt RLAN technology has been exploding. The 5925-7125MHz band has opened in Brazil, the Republic of Korea, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Peru and Canada, with more countries in the process of following suit.”


The report reveals that regulators globally have reached a remarkable and swift consensus with 6GHz regulatory decisions covering nearly 54 percent of the global GDP, and nearly 42 percent of GDP having opened or proposed opening the full 6GHz band to license-exempt use. This assertive action is happening in part because governments have recognized the key role that robust broadband connectivity plays for the lives of citizens, the state of their economies, and in supporting national broadband connectivity deployments.


Allocating the entire 6GHz band to license-exempt use provides important economic benefits. The Wi-Fi Alliance has conducted exhaustive studies with Telecom Advisory Services of the impact of Wi-Fi on global and national economies, concluding that globally, assuming regulators open the full 6GHz band to Wi-Fi, the US$3.3 trillion in Wi-Fi value to the world’s economy in 2021 will rise to US$4.9 trillion in 2025.


As applications become more bandwidth intensive and connected devices with increasing data demands continue to proliferate, the sustainability of digital ecosystems relies on license-exempt technologies such as Wi-Fi. At the same time, fixed and mobile broadband networks continue to get faster and more data hungry with the evolution of fiber as well as the transition from 4G to 5G.


Opening the full 6GHz band to license-exempt technologies is a critical step to foster innovation. Expeditious 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 positioned on the leading edge of innovation. Wi-Fi 7 will boost innovation, unlocking the emergence of future generations of applications, including augmented reality, virtual reality, holographic, haptic systems and more.

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