Federated Wireless Signs Agreements to Allow Unlicensed 6 GHz Access
Wednesday, November 09, 2022 | Comments

Federated Wireless, which has been conditionally approved as an automated frequency coordination (AFC) system operator by the FCC signed agreements with unlicensed radio equipment manufacturers to enable access to the 6 GHz band by new standard power and outdoor Wi-Fi 6E devices.

To date, Federated Wireless has signed commercial agreements with several enterprise WLAN access point manufacturers. These vendors are collectively responsible for producing equipment for more than 50% of the worldwide enterprise outdoor access point market, the company said. The commercial agreements between Federated Wireless and these leading companies will bring standard power and outdoor access point operation online at a lightning pace.

“Federated Wireless thanks the FCC for granting conditional approval to our AFC system and for recognizing that standard power and outdoor Wi-Fi access points will provide the necessary capacity to unleash industry-changing use cases for wireless technology,” said Federated Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Kurt Schaubach. “Our team has been hard at work building and demonstrating, both domestically and internationally, a best-in-class AFC solution that will enable rapid standard power and outdoor access point deployment in the 6 GHz band.”

Fixed wireless access will be a critical technology deployed in the 6 GHz band. Fixed wireless operators were one of the earliest adopters of shared spectrum technology through the use of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band. Federated Wireless also signed a commercial agreement with a 4G/5G equipment manufacturer that specializes in fixed wireless access points. The commercial partnership between the two companies will allow the fixed wireless market to utilize 850 megahertz of the 6 GHz band for standard power operation.

In addition to the U.S. FCC, national regulatory authorities around the world, including Canada, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Brazil are in the process of authorizing unlicensed device use of the 6 GHz band in conjunction with an AFC for standard power and outdoor operations.

“Wireless technology has the ability to positively impact how we interact with the world,” said Federated President and CEO Iyad Tarazi. “Through the 6 GHz band, standard power devices will facilitate use cases that need multi-gigabit speeds to support high-definition video streaming and augmented/virtual reality, such as telehealth, robotics, and industrial automation. Our conditional approval is another proof point that the Federated Wireless team is the best in the industry when it comes to developing shared spectrum solutions for the wireless challenges of today and tomorrow.”

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