WiFi 6E is now authorized in Morocco

WiFi 6E is now authorized in Morocco

The Moroccan National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT) has published a decision detailing a number of amendments concerning spectrum used with low-power short-range devices.

Among the changes, it is now possible to take advantage of the Wi-Fi 6E standard, which can significantly boost the speed of licence-exempt indoor wireless networks.

It said that the country is the first in Africa to authorise the use of 6 GHz frequencies for faster Wi-Fi connectivity. In addition to the introduction of Wi-Fi 6E, there is an extension of the 24 GHz band to include omnidirectional radars of obstacle detection and motion detection radars.

An official statement said: "From June 2021, it will be possible to use the latest evolution of the WiFi standard, which has a maximum theoretical connection speed of 10 Gb/s. More specifically, Wifi 6 will allow a 40% increase in throughput compared to its predecessor thanks to higher data transfer and more powerful processors."

WiFi 6E complements WiFi 5 and 6 (already authorized in Morocco in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands), it said.

ANRT said that it will bring more additional spectrum to the current WiFi allowing high browsing speeds (up to 9.6 Gbps by any hotspot) and reduced latency for activities such as teleworking, video conferencing, e-learning and augmented virtual reality.

On the occasion of this revision, some new applications have also been introduced (omnidirectional obstacle detection radars operating in the 24-24.25 GHz band, low-power short-range portable devices operating in some frequency bands).

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