6 GHz Overview

Comsearch can help you minimize system degradation and downtime through a 3-step process.

3-Step Process Webinar: Unlicensed 6 GHz—Updates & Implications

Protect Your 6 GHz Microwave Network from Wi-Fi 6E

In April 2020, the FCC released the Final Report and Order detailing rules for operation of unlicensed devices in the 6 GHz band.

These new devices present the possibility of interference with existing incumbent microwave operations. The rollout of standard power Access Points is imminent, with devices already being tested using AFC Systems and deployed under experimental licenses from the FCC.

THE POSITIVE—The good news is that the standard power operations will have a control mechanism known as an Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) system that dynamically manages frequency assignments. The AFC’s job is to minimize the potential for interference with microwave incumbents by analyzing the FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS) data for licensed and applied microwave links.

THE CHALLENGE—The less encouraging news is that frequency recommendations made by the AFC are only as good as the underlying data within the ULS. Comsearch constantly reviews the ULS data, and it is evident that there is a significant amount of 6 GHz data that is erroneous. The FCC has issued a Public Notice reminding licensees the importance of maintaining accurate information in the ULS.

WHAT CAN BE DONE?—Comsearch can help you minimize system degradation and downtime through a 3-step process of Auditing, Corrective Actions and Mitigation.