FCC Opens up 6 GHz Band for Wi-Fi
The FCC today approved new rules for the 6 GHz band that allow unlicensed use, including Wi-Fi. This opens up a large swath of new spectrum for Wi-Fi, which should result in faster, more reliable Wi-Fi when new devices become available that support the new band. The full 1200-MHz-wide band (5.925–7.125 GHz) will be available for indoor, low-power applications. Standard-power devices will have access to a smaller, 850 MHz portion of the band, with an automated system ensuring they don't interfere with existing, licensed users of the band, including microwave services that are used to support utilities, public safety, and wireless backhaul. The FCC is seeking comment on allowing higher power levels in the band.
Oct 23, 2018
The FCC today proposed two separate actions meant to free up more spectrum for wireless broadband use. The first covers the rules governing the 3.5 GHz band (Citizens Broadband Radio Service).
Jul 7, 2020
The 3GPP has finalized Release 16, the first major update to the 5G NR standard (Release 15). The new standard has the potential to boost data speeds by supporting new radio frequency bands, and has new features that should improve battery life in 5G devices.
Sep 17, 2019
The FCC this week granted permission for initial commercial service to commence in the unlicensed part of band 48, also known as CBRS, a radio frequency band spanning the range of 3550 - 3700 MHz. In a new and unique arrangement, consumer phones will be able to cellular technologies like LTE in an unlicensed band that also has incumbent users such as the military and satellite operators.
Aug 10, 2020
The US Department of Defense has decided to allow commercial 5G services to operate in the 3450-3550 MHz frequency band in the lower 48 states. That 100 MHz swath of spectrum is immediately adjacent to the 3.5 GHz (3550-3980 MHz, specifically) band that the FCC is already preparing to auction off for new 5G service.
Jul 26, 2019
Dish Network will pay $5 billion to buy significant Sprint assets in an attempt to create a new national 5G wireless network, in a deal brokered by the US Department of Justice to win approval for T-Mobile merging with Sprint. The deal includes $3.6 billion for licenses to 14 MHz of nationwide 800 MHz spectrum.