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Apple and other giants petition for use of 6GHz frequency for Wi-Fi

What happens when major companies team up to fight giant companies? Normally, both sides benefit from a deal, but this may not be the case in the latest tits fight, which involves manufacturers (such as Apple, Microsoft, HP, Qualcomm, Intel, among others). ) and US operators / service providers about the 6GHz frequency release for Wi-Fi standard, as reported by Wi-Fi NOW.

To know how the imbroglio has reached this point, we need to understand what all this is about. Traditionally, Wi-Fi works at the frequencies of 2.4GHz and 5GHz amazed, are not licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (Federal Communications Commission, or FCC), in the United States. However, late last year, the FCC approved the 6GHz frequency and kicked off a portion of this technology (1,200MHz) for chip and mobile device manufacturers.

It is important to understand that from this new technology, 6GHz Wi-Fi could achieve as high performance as 5G Therefore, it is possible to imagine that this did not please the American carriers. In addition, some light and power companies have also challenged this release for technology companies, as they also use 6GHz antennas to backhaul (infrastructure technique that connects the switch to peripheral subnets) and this could interfere with their activities. Accordingly, operators suggested that the FCC auction the 6GHz band to themselves, claiming that such technology could contribute to 5G's breakthrough in the US.

Of course, Apple and the other tech giants don't want to depend on carriers to take advantage of the new frequency; therefore, they endeavored to find a possible solution to the interference with the activities of the aforementioned service providers, suggesting to the FCC the use of a low energy technology (Very low power, or VLP) that could unrestrictedly exploit the potential of 6GHz Wi-Fi over a short distance by providing, for example, 2Gbps of speed over a distance of up to 3 meters.

Once again, 5G was cited as a reason for this, in this case because mobile devices and gadgets (such as virtual reality glasses) will need the high speeds from Wi-Fi to exploit this connection over tethering (or access point), as it is not advantageous for users to use their mobile connection franchise for this, as AR / VR technology consumes a large amount of data.

6GHz Wi-Fi Enabling Devices

It is interesting to note that this is also Apple's concern, since the company does not even have a virtual reality glasses a few weeks ago it was even reported that the company would have killed the project. Apple Glassbut apparently the project was just suspended. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Ma should release its headset sometime next year.

Even without a dedicated AR / VR product, owners of Macs and iPhones will certainly want to take advantage of the top speeds on both Wi-Fi and 5G, so this is a fight worth keeping an eye on. As we reported, the first 5G-enabled iPhones / iPads are expected to be launched by 2020.

via The Verge