Federal Communications Commission in the United States has given permission to Apple, Meta, Google, Microsoft, Intel, Qualcomm, and more to use the 6GHz band for wireless communication. This means devices like Apple’s newly launched Vision Pro will be able to communicate on the 6GHz bandwidth. However, it is currently unclear whether this Vision Pro will work on this bandwidth or not. After 4 years of petitioning, the FCC finally granted access to this spectrum.
Tech giant companies like Apple, Google, Meta, and more in 2019 applied for a petition to the FCC to allow Very Low Power (VLP) devices, which can transmit or communicate at a very low threshold, to use the 6GHz band without any restrictions. After 4 years of petitioning, the FCC in the United States, in a press release following a unanimous 5-0 vote in favor of the changes, stated that a “new class of very low power devices” can now operate in the 6GHz spectrum.
Apple, Google, Meta, Microsoft, Intel, Qualcomm, and others teamed up in 2019 to ask the FCC to allow Very Low Power (VLP) devices that transmit at a low power threshold to use the 6GHz spectrum without restrictions, which the FCC has now approved. The approval is for short-range, tethered connections between two devices, such as the Vision Pro headset and an iPhone, or an in-car system like CarPlay and an iPhone.
The Federal Communications Commission today opened the 6 GHz band to a new class of very low power devices that will operate alongside other Wi- Fi-enabled devices. These rules will spur an eco-system of cutting-edge applications, including wearable technologies and augmented and virtual reality, that will help businesses, enhance learning opportunities, advance healthcare opportunities, and bring new entertainment experiences
Recognizing the need to provide even more flexibility and foster unlicensed innovation, the Commission established rules that permit devices that operate at very low power (VLP) across short distances and provide very high connection speeds, which are ideal for the types of high- data rate cutting-edge applications that will both enrich consumer experiences and bolster the nation’s economy. These include, for example, advanced augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), wearable sensors and technologies, and variety of Internet of Things devices.
After the approval for opening the 6GHz band, Apple will be able to use this for very high-speed communication, and these signals are not permitted to reach very far. Devices can, however, access higher power levels when subject to a geofencing system that prevents interference with licensed operations, protecting licenses that carriers have for the 6GHz spectrum
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