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WiFi 6GHz Spectrum in India 

Introduction:

In the ever-evolving landscape of telecommunications, India is currently at the forefront of discussions regarding the allocation of the 6GHz spectrum for WiFi usage. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) are actively engaged in deliberations to determine the feasibility of opening up the lower side of the 6GHz spectrum (5975 to 6425MHz) for de-licensed use. This move is prompted by increasing demand from stakeholders and manufacturers in the country.

Current Status:

As of now, the proposal to make the 6GHz spectrum available for WiFi usage is a work-in-progress within the DoT. The department is carefully evaluating the potential benefits and challenges associated with opening up this frequency band. The decision to designate this spectrum as de-licensed indicates a potential shift towards fostering a more accessible and collaborative digital environment in India.

Considerations:

The discussions surrounding the 6GHz spectrum allocation involve a thorough analysis of various factors. One key consideration is the demand from stakeholders and manufacturers who see the potential for expanded WiFi capabilities. The 6GHz spectrum offers greater bandwidth and less interference compared to the existing lower frequency bands, making it an attractive option for improved wireless connectivity.

The de-licensing of the lower side of the 6GHz spectrum reflects a strategic approach by the Indian government to encourage innovation and investment in the telecommunications sector. By removing the need for a specific license to operate within this frequency band, the aim is to stimulate the development of WiFi infrastructure and services, ultimately benefiting end-users and businesses.

Work in Progress:

The ongoing nature of the discussions implies that the DoT is actively engaging with various stakeholders to gather input and perspectives. The decision-making process involves weighing the potential advantages against any potential challenges or concerns. This includes ensuring that the allocation does not interfere with existing services operating in nearby frequency bands and addressing any regulatory or technical issues that may arise.

Conclusion:

The WiFi 6GHz spectrum discussions in India represent a significant step towards enhancing the nation’s digital infrastructure. The potential de-licensing of the lower side of the 6GHz spectrum demonstrates a commitment to fostering technological advancements and meeting the growing demand for high-speed, reliable wireless connectivity. As the discussions progress, it will be essential to strike a balance between promoting innovation and addressing any potential regulatory complexities to ensure a seamless integration of the 6GHz spectrum into India’s telecommunications landscape.

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Praveen Rao

CEO & Technical Director, C-PRAV Group: Australia, New Zealand, India & Canada 

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Professional engineering experience of 30+ years with technical and managerial skills obtained from professional degree, courses, and hands-on experience, while working with organizations and companies involved in Design & Development, Testing, Inspection, Certification and Compliance (TICC). 

Management of electrical/electronic products & systems Testing and Certifications for Global markets in Consumer, Industrial, IT, Telecom, Defence, Medical, and Automotive Industries. Overall advisory for Standards, Regulations, Testing and Certifications for Global Market Access (GMA). 

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  • NATA Authorised Signatory (1995 to 2000) for EMC Testing 
  • NATA & IANZ Authorised Technical Assessor (current)
  • EMI/EMC, RF/Wireless, EMR-RF Exposure/SAR 
  • NATA Technical Assessors Advisory Committee (current) 
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  • Represent Australia in International Standards committees like IEC, CISPR, IEEE 
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