Harness the benefits of 6 GHz for Wi-Fi: Ajit Pai

I’m eager to work with leaders around the world to harness the benefits of 6 GHz band for Wi-Fi and then working together towards global harmonization of spectrum said Ajit Pai, Chairman, FCC speaking at BIF’s The Digital Dialogue Series on World Wi-Fi Day.

Ajit Pai, Chairman, FCC said, “During my visit to India in February, I had a good discussion with secretary Anshu Prakash about our 6 GHz efforts, so I know that India is interested in exploring the possibilities of unlicensed bands. I’m eager to work with all of you 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 spectrum.”

“Wi-Fi is the fabric that binds together all our digital devices and will be even more important in the years to come. By one estimate, the economic value created by Wi-Fi in the United States is projected to double by 2023 reaching nearly $1 trillion,” added Pai.

Dr. RS Sharma, Chairman, TRAI said, “India is a price sensitive market and needs to deploy scalable, frugal and interoperable technology to provide affordable broadband access. The WANI model of public Wi-Fi is developed with that objective.”

Dorothy Stanley, WiFi WG Chair, IEEE said, “We acknowledge the action by the ministry to open up the 5 GHz band. India now has more spectrum in the 5 GHz band than Japan, USA or Europe, which is a tremendous achievement.”

Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur said, “Use of a large number of Wi-Fi hotspots would be a good use case in the Indian context, especially in the rural scenario, to provide quality broadband access.”

Speaking at the online event, TV Ramachandran, President, BIF said, “During the COVID-19 pandemic, data traffic shot up by 30% as per the latest EY Report and this would not have been possible with only mobile broadband as it obviously is hampered by spectrum availability limitations.”

The 6 Ghz spectrum band if delicensed, as in the US, would be a great boon to cater to increased data traffic and will help augment the indoor penetration requirements through Wi-Fi added Ramachandran.

The Broadband India Forum also released a whitepaper on “Proliferation of Broadband Through Wi-Fi” exploring various facets of the public Wi-Fi technology and how its commercial deployment could help provide reliable, high-speed mobile access to the internet, at extremely cost effective rates.

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