The Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted conditional approval to a small group of companies working to finalize the development of technologies that would support expanded spectrum access for Wi-Fi networked systems.
According to a Public Notice, the OET conditionally approved 13 entities to operate automated frequency coordination (AFC) systems, which can be used to manage access to the 6 GHz spectrum band for standard-power unlicensed devices. Such devices will use the AFC systems to adjust operating parameters to protect microwave links that operated in the 6 GHz band from harmful interference.
The 13 entities receiving conditional approval include Broadcom, Google, Sony, Nokia, Qualcomm, and the Wi-Fi Alliance. The OET’s action paves the way for these entities to work toward finalizing their AFC systems for full commercial operations, subject to final testing by the OET.