6 GHz Regulatory Overview
Importance to UWB:
Due to common international regulatory frameworks the majority of UWB applications currently use the 6 GHz band.
The FCC has a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) that would allow unlicensed Wi-Fi users to use the entire 6 GHz band at power levels ten million times higher than currently allowed for licensed exempt operation (including UWB).
Should the 6 GHz rulemaking go through as proposed, it would drown out all existing unlicensed UWB applications from the spectrum, killing off thousands of innovative products that span industries from from health care, automotive, industrial safety through to lifestyle, sports and entertainment.
Many of the current 6 GHz license holders are providing Fixed Services for Safety Critical Applications and they are taking extremely hard positions with the FCC regarding their lobbying process.
The Ultra Wide Band Alliance recommends a coexistence approach that both protects both new and incumbent users and ensures efficient use of the spectrum.
FCC Action Centre
April 13th 2020, The UWB Alliance predicts estimated market size for ultra-wideband devices will exceed 240 Billion Dollars by 2022.
March 5th 2020, the UWB Alliance submits a 6 GHz sharing proposal to the FCC with suggestions on how co-existence in the band could be achieved for Wi-Fi, UWB and Licensed Incumbents.
Click the link below to see a selection of the Ultra Wide Band (UWB) Alliance Filings at the FCC.
May 2, 2019, Ultra Wide Band Alliance (“UWB Alliance”) Executive Director Tim Harrington and Ira Renfrew (iRobot), met with Aaron Goldberger, Acting Wireless and International Advisor for Chairman Pai, to discuss the NPRM proceeding.
April 8, 2019 As part of the NPRM Coexistence Action Process, Our Executive Director, Tim Harrington visited the FCC in Washington DC to present to Commissioners Staff, they Presented to William Davenport, Umair Javed, and Erin McGrath.
In an interesting turn, on the 18th June 2019 Bosch filed a petition with the FCC for a new rulemaking that proposed a comprehensive review of the FCC rules governing UWB devices (Part 15, Subpart F). The Rulemaking would normalize current waivers and encourage the utilization of existing standards to promote coexistence in the 6 GHz band. The UWB Alliance filed its own comments in support of the Bosch petition, and those can be found on the links below:
and our reply comments
Click below to see all of the filings for the Bosch Petition to update the UWB Rules in the USA.