Ofcom adds 5.8GHz band usage to WiFi networks in UK

Ofcom, the telecoms regulator, has made 125MHz of radio spectrum additionally available to help Wi-Fi networks in UK, by interdicting support to the 5.8GHz (5725MHz to 5850NHz) of the radio spectrum sub-brand to facilitate faster speeds. UK’s telecoms regulator has been consulting on the changes proposed, for the last 13 to 14 months and reported that a majority of respondents support and welcome the proposal to offer the 5.8 GHz band to operators.

The changes proposed include a 200mW per channel power limitation, necessary to limit interference and a ban on outdoor fixed use. Although some of the Fixed Wireless Broadband (BFWA) service providers use the same bandwidth, Ofcom believes that the limits can negate interference between BFWA and Wi-Fi networks.

Officially, the new regulations would come into effect by 7 August this year. However, new hardware have to be produced if customers are to be benefited. Or a possible simple firmware update, depending on the device, can do the trick. A majority of Wi-Fi networks use the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands already. However, some countries like the USA, are able to harness a little more spectrum from the 5.8GHz band. The same is being planned by Ofcom, by increasing from 4 to 6 the channels available on 80MHz band.

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