US and India to work together on 6Ghz WiFi


While on one side the 5G technology is gaining momentum around the world, there is another next-gen technology that is about to change the way we interact digitally in a whole new way.

It’s the 6Ghz WiFi. It is the new Wi-Fi new frequency band, that comes increased speeds and reduced latency compared to the currently used 2.4 GHz and 5GHz channels. And it has been almost 20 years since the last update.

While India has been a late adapter on the 5G mobile technology, it making sure it is not going to lag behind the 6Ghz adaption.

The US is eager to work with India to harness the benefits of the powerful 6 GHz band for Wi-Fi and towards global harmonization of this spectrum, Ajit Pai, the top American communications regulatory official has said.

Addressing to the US-India Business Council webinar on creating alignment in the 5G Ecosystem, Mr. Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said, “during my visit to India in February, I had a good discussion with Indian officials about our 6 GHz efforts, so I know that India is interested in exploring the possibilities of unlicensed use in this band.

“I’m eager to work with my Indian counterparts and other leaders around the world to harness the benefits of the 6 GHz band for Wi-Fi and then work together toward global harmonization of this spectrum, the senior Indian-American official said.

Ultimately, Wi-Fi 6 and 5G will complement each other nicely and form a powerful 1-2 punch of licensed and unlicensed innovation, he told the virtual audience.

“Asserting that the partnership between the US and India will be the defining one of the 21st century,” Mr. Pai said that over the past three-plus years, it’s been gratifying to see the bonds between the US and India grow stronger and stronger.

Mr. Pai said that Wi-Fi 6, the next generation of Wi-Fi, has already started rolling out.

“Wi-Fi 6 will be over two-and-a-half times faster than the current standard, and it will offer better performance for connected devices. But in order to fully take advantage of the benefits of Wi-Fi 6, we need to make more mid-band spectrum available for unlicensed use,” he said.

In April, he said the commission unanimously approved his proposal to make the entire 6 GHz band available for unlicensed use.

“By doing this, we are creating a massive 1,200-megahertz testbed for innovators and innovation. This is a big deal. We’ve effectively increased the amount of mid-band spectrum available for Wi-Fi by almost a factor of five,” he said.

During the webinar, discussions around the development of products and services veered around the prowess of software professionals in India and the business opportunity for gadgets and equipment in the US.

Mathew Oommen, President Reliance-Jio cautioned both US and India from the Chinese telecom gears.

He reiterated the point recently made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about Clean Telco and clean infrastructure. “It is critical how we ensure that we don’t contaminate digital infrastructure,” he said.

“The knowledge coming from the US on 5G is very useful. India is not looking at 5G only for cellular networks. There is growing proximity between India and US, and it’s interesting to see India exporting handsets to the US and going forward we see the transfer of knowledge and expertise on network side from the US to India, it’s going to be two-way transactions in this relationship,” said Rajen Vagadia, vice president and president- Qualcomm India and SAARC.