Unlicensed 6GHz proponents optimistic after Wi-Fi demo in Brazil

Unlicensed 6GHz proponents optimistic after Wi-Fi demo in Brazil

Is Brazilian regulator Anatel about to decide on the conditions of use of standard power devices in the 6GHz band and ensure their unlicensed use in outdoor and indoor environments?

That’s the hope of a number of interested parties, notably the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) after the co-chairs of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Open AFC (automated frequency coordination) software project – tech giants Broadcom and Cisco Systems – demonstrated that Open AFC has implemented the changes required to enable standard power Wi-Fi operations for internet service providers in Brazil.

TIP is a global community of companies and organizations working together to accelerate the development and deployment of open, disaggregated, and standards-based technology solutions. Its Open AFC Software Group is a dedicated open-source community for the design, development, testing and potentially certification of AFC software for unlicensed services (such as Wi-Fi) in the 6GHz band.

The companies participating in the Wi-Fi 6E Outdoor project in Brazil – Broadcom and Cisco – completed the approval and integration phase of their AFC technologies to ensure strong connectivity for Brazilians in outdoor areas. 

This was achieved through a partnership with internet providers associated with ABRINT, an entity that brings together more than 1,800 companies in the sector in all 27 Brazilian states.

There’s clearly a lot of optimism about the impact of the open AFC project but we still await regulatory decisions on 6GHz usage.

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