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January 12, 2021

Wi-Fi 6E Certification Will Cause Device Surge

The Wi-Fi Alliance’s Wi-Fi 6E certification is now available. Wi-Fi 6E refers to the Wi-Fi standard that applies to Wi-Fi operation in the 6 GHz spectrum band.

The certification is designed to help ensure secure, reliable, interoperable experiences by using certified devices. This development will add tremendous momentum to the launch of Wi-Fi 6E compatible and interoperable devices.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has opened 1200 MHz of 6 GHz spectrum for unlicensed use, including Wi-Fi. Other countries that also have made that move include the U.K., Chile, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates, as well as European Union countries.

The Wi-Fi Alliance also expects to see the 6Hz band opened for unlicensed operation in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Taiwan, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar and Jordan.

Several product vendors are already unveiling Wi-Fi 6E devices, a Wi-Fi Alliance press release notes.

Wi-Fi 6E certification utilizes WPA3 security, which continues to evolve to protect against new threats. Recent updates include more robust password generation and the ability to mitigate additional attacks.

Wi-Fi 6E capabilities include orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA), target wake time (TWT) and multi-user multiple input, multiple output (MU-MIMO).

“These features all benefit from the additional 6 GHz spectrum capacity and the availability of up to seven super-wide 160-MHz channels to move more data and deliver high-bandwidth Wi-Fi 6E applications including unified communications, AR/VR and holographic video,” the Wi-Fi Alliance said in a press release. “Wi-Fi 6E delivers lower latency to satisfy industrial IoT and enterprise environment requirements. Wi-Fi 6E brings additional capacity, speed, and reduced latency for critical activities such as telecommuting, telepresence, and distance learning.”