Enabling Spectrum Sharing In The Upper 6 GHz Band


By Emmanuel Oluebube, Senior Correspondent UK

UK TMT sector regulator, Ofcom has published a consultation proposing to add the upper 6 GHz band (6425-7070 MHz) to its shared access licence framework for low-power, indoor use. 

The framework enables shared use of spectrum, making it easier for people and businesses to access it for a wide range of local wireless applications.

In the case of the 6 GHz band, the regulator believes such licences could be particularly suitable for industrial, business and research uses.

Under its proposals, licences would cover the full band for an area within a 50m radius of a central point, and use would be limited to indoor-only, with a maximum power limit of 250mW EIRP.

Potential users could apply for multiple licences to cover a larger indoor area – such applications would be considered on a case-by-case basis. Each licence would be subject to an annual fee of £320(US$429.49) and would be for an indefinite term, with Ofcom reserving the right to revoke licences for spectrum management purposes.

Ofcom said: “The use of the upper 6 GHz band for licence-exempt consumer Wi-Fi or for licensed 5G mobile networks is out of scope of this consultation, as technical compatibility work is still ongoing to establish whether and how these technologies could share the band with each other or other services. This proposal will not diminish our ability to authorise either of these in the future, if we decide to do so.

This consultation will be open until 11 April 2022. We intend to reach a final decision later in 2022.”

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