FCC Approves Changes to Improve Wi-Fi

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.

Read the FCC’s Public Notice regarding the conditional approval of AFCs.

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