What happens when important companies join each other to fight giant companies? Typically, both sides benefit from an agreement, but this may not be the case in the most recent titan fight, which involves manufacturers (such as Apple, Microsoft, HP, Qualcomm, Intel, among others) ) and American operators / service providers on the 6GHz frequency release for the Wi-Fi standard, as informed by the Wi-Fi NOW.
To know how the imbroglio got to this point, we need to understand what it is all about. Traditionally, Wi-Fi works at 2.4GHz and 5GHz which, amazingly, are not licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (Federal Communications Commission, or FCC), in the United States. However, at the end of last year, the FCC approved the 6GHz frequency and initiated an auction for a portion of this technology (1,200MHz) for chip and mobile device manufacturers.
It is important to understand that, based on this new technology, the 6GHz Wi-Fi could achieve a performance as high as the 5G – therefore, it is possible to imagine that this did not please American operators. In addition, some light and energy companies have also contested this release for technology companies, since they also use 6GHz antennas to backhaul (infrastructure technique that connects the plant to peripheral subnets) and that this could interfere with its activities. Thus, operators suggested that the FCC auction the 6GHz band to themselves, claiming that such technology could contribute to the advancement of 5G in the USA.
Obviously, Apple and the other tech giants don’t want to depend on operators 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 low energy consumption technology (Very Low Power, or VLP) that could take advantage, without any restrictions, of the potential of 6GHz Wi-Fi over a short distance – providing, for example, 2Gbps of speed over a distance of up to 3 meters.
Again, 5G was cited as a reason for this, in this case because mobile devices and gadgets AR / VR devices (like virtual reality goggles) will need the high speeds coming from Wi-Fi to exploit that connection over tethering (or access point), since it is not advantageous for users to use their mobile connection franchise for this, as AR / VR technology consumes a large amount of data.
It is interesting to note that this is also the concern of Apple, 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 Glass”, but apparently the project was just suspended. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is expected to launch its headset sometime next year.
Even without a dedicated AR / VR product, owners of Macs and iPhones will certainly want to take advantage of maximum speeds on both Wi-Fi and 5G, so this is a fight worth keeping an eye on. As we reported, the first iPhones / iPads with 5G support are expected to launch in 2020.
via The Verge