Google plans to test secret 6GHz network in the US

6GHz band quadruples the amount of space offered to routers and provides a faster internet connection


Tech Desk August 18, 2020
PHOTO: REUTERS

Google has requested authorisation from The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to test in the 6 GHz band.

The main goal is “providing reliable broadband connections,” however; the details are being kept discreet as the company has asked for “confidential treatment” as part of a New Experimental Radio Service License.

Back in April, FCC voted to open up a plot of spectrum in the 6GHz band for unlicensed use that enables your router to broadcast over the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.

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Once the new spectrum is officially launched for businesses, wifi use can expect a faster and more reliable connection on the latest devices.

Wi-Fi works by broadcasting over airwaves that are open for anyone to use and at present there are two bands: 2.4GHz and 5GHz now a third band, 6GHz will be added.

The new spectrum quadruples the amount of space offered to routers and other devices, which mean more bandwidth available and a lot less interference for any device that can take advantage of it

Google has requested to conduct experimental propagation in 26 cities to test the 6GHz band which will provide an insight into the technical information relevant to the utility of these frequencies for providing reliable broadband connections, reports 9to5Google.

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The company is making sure that the tech coexists with the present networks, and notes how the” proposed operations will be less of an interference threat than amateur radio operations.”

The experimental testing usually requires emitting a constant signal of various bandwidths and measuring the signal characteristics across a wide range of land and clutter scenarios.

If the testing is successful at 6GHz, the routers will be broadcasting at the existing maximum allowable channel size, meaning a faster connection.

The article was originally published on 9to5Google.

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