FCC Allows Consumer Products to Use More 6GHz Band, Benefiting Apple

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The ultra-fast 6 GHz short-range spectrum has so far been largely limited to licensed commercial use, as the FCC allows such companies to like Apple, use most of the range for unlicensed consumer products.

In 2019, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and other companies asked the FCC to gain unlicensed access to the full 1200 MHz spectrum in the 6 GHz band. Rules allowing unlicensed devices to use the 6 GHz frequency were developed in 2020 and finalized on October 19, 2023.

According to a document published by the FCC, most of the 6 GHz band has been available for unlicensed use for a very long time. operation of the device with low power consumption. The very low power device feature provides interference protection for licensed uses such as telecommunications.

Devices can take advantage of high-speed data transmission over short distances if they operate in the U-NII-5 and U-NII-7 portions of the 6 GHz band, with a total frequency of 850 MHz. Although this information is not useful to consumers, it is useful for developing products that will improve the capabilities of devices in the future.

The FCC previously opened the 1200 MHz frequency range between 5.925 and 7.125 GHz. This FCC decision led to the introduction of Wi-Fi 6E and will lead to Wi-Fi 7.

For example, low-power, close-range device operation could apply to CarPlay systems, future AirTag models, Apple HomeKit and Apple devices Vision Pro. Expect 6 GHz bandwidth to become more important as devices perform more data-intensive operations.

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