FCC opens up experimental spectrum licenses for 6G2019-03-18 18:45 by Daniela
Tags: FCC, 6G
The United States Federal Communications Commission voted on Friday to open up terahertz-wave spectrum which could be used to deliver 6G wireless services.
Collectively, that 95GHz to 3THz spectrum extends a little beyond the 300GHz to 3THz range defined as "tremendously high frequency." At the lower end of the FCC's range, 95GHz to 300GHz signals are technically still millimeter waves, as they're at or over 1 millimeter in wavelength. But 300GHz to 3THz signals are at or under 1 millimeter in wavelength, and for that reason called "submillimeter waves."
This spectrum range could be used to deliver high-speed Internet for applications with high bandwidth requirements, such as high-resolution imaging, and will remain available for a period of 10 years.
The FCC also made a total of 21.2GHz of spectrum available for use by unlicensed devices, selecting bands with propagation characteristics which permit large numbers of unlicensed devices to access the spectrum while reducing interference with existing operations in the above-95GHz bands.
"Today, we take big steps towards making productive use of this spectrum," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement. "This will give innovators strong incentives to develop new technologies using these airwaves while also protecting existing uses."
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