New free-use Wi-Fi spectrum doubles available spectrum

On February 16th, 2023, the IFT issued a press release stating that the 5925-6425 MHz section of the 6 GHz Band is now designated as free-use (unlicensed) spectrum, allowing anyone in Mexico to use it without the need for a license or authorization from the Institute.

As a result, individuals are now permitted to use this 500 MHz portion of the spectrum without requiring a license or authorization from the IFT. This allocation nearly doubles the amount of available spectrum for Wi-Fi services in Mexico, in addition to the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands that are already in use. The classification provides sufficient spectrum for free communication in the short and medium term, particularly for Wi-Fi technology and other technologies that use this type of spectrum.

It is important to note that the use of this band as free spectrum is limited to low-power indoor systems and very low-power indoor/outdoor systems. While the agreement adopted by the Plenary currently excludes outdoor use, the IFT will conduct further studies to explore the possibility of its use in the future.

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