Apple, other tech firms petition FCC for short-range 6GHz Wi-Fi tethering

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Apple is among several major U.S. tech firms petitioning the Federal Communications Commission to approve a limited form of 6-gigahertz Wi-Fi, spectrum also in demand with the cellular and utility industries.

Other parties in the petition include Broadcom, Marvell, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, HP, Qualcomm, and Intel, according to a recent filing shared by Wi-Fi Now. While the FCC previously greenlit the 6-gigahertz band for unlicensed use, the cellular industry has argued that at least a portion of that spectrum should remain licensed for the sake of 5G. Utilities, meanwhile, sometimes employ 6-gigahertz antennas for communications backhaul.

Apple and peers are requesting short-range, Very Low Power (VLP) transmissions over the spectrum without any other restriction -- for instance delivering 2-gigabit bandwidth at a range of 3 meters (9.8 feet). 5G is once again cited as a reason, in this case because devices like laptops and AR/VR headsets will need high-speed tethering to exploit 5G connections.

Apple is widely believed to be developing an AR headset, the first iteration of which could ship as soon as 2020. It may be mostly reliant on a paired iPhone, not just for internet access but some processing tasks.

Even without an AR product, Mac and iPad owners will naturally want the option of full-speed 5G when tethering to future iPhones. The first 5G-capable iPhones are expected in the fall of 2020, using Qualcomm modems.


  • Reply 1 of 5
    Lol an Apple AR headset. 

    Just like the Apple HDTV. 
  • Reply 2 of 5
    LordeHawkLordeHawk Posts: 168member
    Lol an Apple AR headset. 

    Just like the Apple HDTV. 
    The Apple HDTV was never a practical product and Apple’s decision was sound.  How many HDTVs will have AirPlay built in by 2025, never would have happened if Apple was a direct competitor.

    AR will be a major platform in the future, it  allows the screens we look at all day to always be visible.  No going back, it’s like giving up the internet forever.  It can be done but the majority will choose AR, not many want to give up one of their senses, even if it’s virtual.
  • Reply 3 of 5
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 11,421member
    ... and so it begins....   A connected, but completely wireless, world that stretches into the home.

    What shouts the loudest in this article is what it didn't say:  It was unable to make a clear differentiation between WiFi and in-home 5G.  It seems that the primary difference may be power rather than the technology -- where "WiFi" is simply Very Low Power 5G extended and broadcast throughout the home or business.
  • Reply 4 of 5
    jurdajurda Posts: 3member
    Cool we can now start an epidemic of  NAS  (Nerve Attenuation Syndrome)  as in the '95 Johnny Mnemonic movie  B)
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