Mid-Band Unlicensed Spectrum and Max WiFi

When we talk about Wi-Fi development, there’s essentially two sides of the story: the technical evolutions—and revolutions, like the latest Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ax Max WiFi—and the airwaves that Wi-Fi uses to transmit data.

Demand for Wi-Fi is immense—and increasing. More than 15 billion Wi-Fi connected devices were shipped around the planet in 2016, according to the Wi-Fi Alliance, and IEEE anticipates that there will be 50 billion connected wireless devices by 2022. Gartner even estimates that an average family of four will have about 50 connected devices by then. Max WiFi, which is built for capacity and not just speed, is designed to help manage all of that data.

However, the FCC can also give Wi-Fi a boost by expanding the amount of available unlicensed spectrum. If Max WiFi is a highly efficient new race car, you can think about spectrum as the number of lanes on a highway. Upgrading to an incredible vehicle is great, but it’s even better when there are sufficient high-speed lanes for all of us to drive on. We need more fast lanes—more spectrum—to make the best use of Wi-Fi technologies like Max WiFi, which can operate on up to 160 MHz channels.

A broad range of technology companies — from major semiconductor companies to mobile operating system vendors to content providers to enterprise Wi-Fi vendors, including Broadcom — agree. We’re committed to Wi-Fi and the future of technologies like Max WiFi, so we’re stepping up and asking the FCC to allow Wi-Fi to expand to a new frequency range of unlicensed spectrum.

For more on Wi-Fi and Max WiFi technology, visit maxwifi.org.