Google wants to perform secret 6GHz tests in 17 states2020-08-18 17:51 by Daniela
Google is trying to secretly test a 6GHz network in 17 different states, according to a batch of FCC filings spotted by Business Insider.
The tests are expected to take place over 24 months "without harmful interference to other authorized users" in 26 cities and towns across 17 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. California will be home to seven of the planned test cities, which include San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The request comes after the FCC opened up a chunk of spectrum in the 6GHz band for unlicensed uses back in April. Some companies raised concerns it might interfere with already existing infrastructures, which might be why Google promises its tests will run "without harmful interference to other authorized users."
A 6GHz network would allow faster and more reliable connections as it carries more bandwidth than the 2.4GHz or 5GHz connections. Devices are expected to begin supporting 6GHz Wi-Fi by the end of this year.
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