With more and more wireless devices filling the radiowaves, broadband and technology companies must change and adapt. Some of these changes might include adjusting the hardware being used. But one key move, opening up additional frequencies, is about to be voted on by the Federal Communications Commission.
For the last few months, Apple has partnered with technology companies to encourage the FCC to open up the 6GHz frequency for companies to use. Specifically, they hope to use 6GHz for Very Low Power (VLP) applications.
The frequency is particularly powerful in scenarios where devices are close to the data provider. For example, a phone with 5G compatibility built-in could use the 6GHz frequency to link up to an iPad with optimal data performance.
It could also be used to tether wearable devices like Apple Glasses, which have been in development for quite a few years.
The frequency has been controlled and regulated by the FCC due to potential interference with connections used by telecoms companies. But those in the know believe there is no real chance of interference for two specific reasons.
The first is that the devices that would be affected (microwave antennas, arrays) are often placed in areas that are well out of range of most VLP. The second is that the VLP signal itself has little chance of reaching its optimal distance due to the presence of buildings and vehicles blocking and limiting the distance available to such devices.
Based on statements from the FCC, it’s expected that this proposal will be voted through April 23.
This isn’t the only venture that Apple has taken with new frequencies in short distances. iDrop News has previously noted Apple’s prior experimentation with 802.11ay/60GHz spectrum connections across devices. This sort of function would also allow ease of connection in close proximity, as well as faster AirDrop rates.
Having access to such a frequency would also allow for a stronger connection to augmented reality devices, such as the aforementioned Apple Glass.