The life of a successful communications standard goes through four phases: development by a standards group; approval by regulatory bodies; implementation by hardware and software vendors; and acceptance by the user community. Much of this work can be done in overlapping fashion, to accelerate the standard’s time to market.
In the case of the 5G WiFi (IEEE 802.11ac) standard, development is nearly complete and implementation is beginning. Importantly, approval by regulatory bodies must be achieved to ensure that the largest possible number of users have access to the standard.
Many of our readers wished to understand where 5G WiFi stands with respect to spectrum availability around the world. We interviewed Vinko Erceg, Technical Director of Systems Design Engineering in Broadcom’s Mobile & Wireless Communications division & the Chair of the Wi-Fi Alliance Technical Task Group launching the 802.11ac certification program to get the answers. He has been helping with the drive to secure regulatory approval for 802.11ac around the world.
Erceg noted that companies such as Broadcom, Intel, Marvell, Qualcomm Atheros and others have reached out to regulatory agencies seeking approval for the standard. This means clearing the 80MHz, 160MHz, and 80+80MHz bandwidths in countries around the world.
“Not every place is cleared yet, but we expect that by the end of the year, we should be able to get approval by most of the countries we are talking with,” said Erceg.
Countries and regions that have already approved or are close to approving the standard include the Brazil, China, the European Union, India, Singapore, Taiwan and the United States.
Others that are expected to approve spectrum for 5G WiFi in coming quarters include Argentina, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, the Ukraine and Venezuela.