FCC Opens Up Experimental Spectrum for 6G Testing
The launch of 5G isn’t even really a totally done deal yet, but that’s not stopping U.S. regulators and tech companies from starting to turn their attention ahead to the next-next generation of wireless connectivity. As reported by CNET, the Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted this past Friday to begin opening up experimental “terahertz wave” spectrum that could eventually help pave the way for 6G products and services.
This particular spectrum falls in the 95 GHz to 3 THz range, whereas the 5G band sits between 6 GHz and 100 GHz.
“This spectrum has long been considered the outermost horizon of the usable spectrum range, but rapid advancements in radio technology have made these bands especially ripe for new development,” the FCC said in a statement. “There are substantial opportunities for innovation in these frequencies, especially for dataintensive high-bandwidth applications as well as imaging and sensing operations. Prior to this decision, the Commission had no rules for authorizing communications above 95 GHz, other than by amateur operators or through experiments of limited duration and scope.”