Page one Asia, June 12, 2023
There have been active deliberations of late regarding the license exempt-use of 6 GHz band, across the globe. While many countries such as the United States, Canada and Brazil have made the entire 6 GHz band available for license-exempt use, countries like Australia, United Kingdom and Japan have made the band partially available for such use. Others, including India, are still considering the appropriate regulatory choice.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has set up a dedicated committee to study the same and give its recommendations. Many relevant stakeholders including industry associations, technical members from Ministries and academia have been a part of this committee and its discussions.
Several technical reports on sharing of the band between incumbents and future users of the band as well as macroeconomic analysis on Wi-Fi on the 6 GHz band (or Wi-Fi 6E), are in public domain. However, a consumer perspective on challenges, benefits and expectations on the 6 GHz band had been missing.
To bridge this gap, Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) launched a future-looking study to understand consumer perceptions on the 6 GHz band, through different lenses. The study focused on capturing current consumer concerns and challenges on Wi-Fi on the current 2.4 and 5 GHz bands and compiling consumer expectations from the 6 GHz band, through in-depth interactions.
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