by Aida Pélez-Fernandez
Ciudad of MexicoSeptember 30 – A delay in authorization by the Mexican telecommunications regulator opens the way for Wi-Fi 6, a new wireless technology that already works in Brazil, denying Mexican homes and companies a “historic increase in Internet speeds”. doing, according to industry experts.
Wi-Fi 6 is part of a new generation of innovations, such as 5G technology, that offer faster connection speeds and more bandwidth. It operates in radio frequencies between 5925 and 7125 megahertz (MHz), commonly referred to as the 6 gigahertz (GHz) spectrum.
While other countries in the region, such as Brazil, Chile and Guatemala, have already made concessions for 6 GHz spectrum, the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (FIT)ift) Mexico is still in the process of granting licenses for this spectrum.
President Andres Manuel López Obrador has promised internet access across Mexico since his election campaign in 2018, yet only 60% of the country’s households are connected, according to the latest figures. ift,
Internet access is a challenge for most Latin American countries, where a large proportion of the population lives in rural areas.
Using the 6 GHz segment will allow more frequencies to be available, which will mean increased speeds for devices connected to Wi-Fi networks.
However, regulators are still lagging behind in technological developments, said Carlos Rebellon, an executive at US chipmaker Intel.
“Wi-Fi 6 is a new, disruptive technology, and so it is a change that is interesting to startups or innovation companies that are ready to implement it, but the regulators are not ready,” Rebellon said. The technology will be the biggest leap in speed in Wi-Fi’s 20-year history.
Wi-Fi 6 is only available for phones and devices that support this connection. The latest releases from Apple, Samsung and Huawei already work with this technology, as well as new laptops from Asus, Dell and HP.
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“It is essential to invest in research and innovation, on the ground in towers”, Solero said.
ift It may allow the new frequency band to be devoted entirely to Wi-Fi 6 or use part of it to expand 5G services.
The United States allocated its 6 GHz band of spectrum only to Wi-Fi services, while Chile decided that the band would be shared between free use, Wi-Fi and licensed use, leaving room for 5G. .