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WiFi Alliance pre-empts victory in USA’s 6 GHz spectrum with new branding

This year should see the FCC implementing its pan to open up 1,200 MHz of 6 GHz spectrum for WiFi, creating a significant block when aggregated with the existing 5 GHz allocation. Anticipating this important change for WiFi economics, the WiFi Alliance (WFA) has announced new terminology and certification to distinguish WiFi 6 devices that can use the new spectrum, and those that can’t. The WFA announced its new branding, ‘WiFi 6E’, at the end of last year, with the aim of avoiding confusion, or user disappointment if they expected to be able to use the new spectrum but had the wrong device. As well as adding extra spectrum capacity, the 6 GHz allocation will also provide a band in…

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