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FCC gives go-ahead for AFC trials at 6 GHz

August 29, 2023


The Federal Communications Commission has given the green light on testing for Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) systems in the 6 GHz band, which the Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) called “a significant and material step towards the opening of the 6 GHz band to shared use.”

The FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology has put out a public notice that lays out the testing process, which including both lab testing and a required public trial in which the systems are open for public use for 45 days; those tests can occur concurrently. Once AFC systems have passed the testing successfully, they will be approved for full commercial operations in the band.

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