The ITU-APT Foundation of India (IAFI) has written to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) urging it to delicence the 6GHz Wi-Fi band. According to IAFI, this move by DoT will help homegrown telecom hardware and software companies to corner a substantial share of Wi-Fi 6e technology market.

Presently Wi-Fi in 2.4GHz and 5GHz are permitted in India that have 600MHz available to all users, against over 2GHz of spectrum required. Various studies have indicated that at least 2 GHz Wi-Fi spectrum is needed to meet the need to meet the increased Wi-Fi demand.

In order to meet the severe shortage of Wi-Fi spectrum, many countries around the globe have opened new Wi-Fi bands, including the 6GHz band and WiGig band in 60GHz.

The delicensing of 6 GHz will play vital role for India’s local manufacturing, innovation, exports, telecommunication sector and the industrial sector, IAFI said. Internationally, over 35 countries have delicensed the 6 GHz frequency band.