Next Generation Wi-Fi: 6 GHz is on the Horizon

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  • Author: Wes Boyd

The push to open the 6 GHz band (5.925-7.125 GHz) to unlicensed use is being driven by explosive growth in consumers’ data needs, particularly from applications such as video streaming and video on-demand. The demand for data is being further bolstered by social media applications, audio platforms, and smart home devices. In addition, new and burgeoning applications such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will continue to drive significant data demand into the future.

But what exactly is the 6 GHz band? What is it currently used for, and how does it benefit consumers? Perhaps more importantly, how will the emergence of Wi-Fi 6 — whose certification program from the Wi-Fi Alliance that launched in September 2019—affect the use and performance of the 6 GHz band? This article aims to answer these questions. 

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