There are already licensed systems out there using parts of the 6 GHz band, but the FCC says it’s putting systems in place to protect these existing services from interference by only allowing indoor low-power operations to make use of the full 1,200 MHz, while standard-power devices will be limited to 850 MHz.
“The microwave services that already use this band are critical to the operations of utilities, public safety, and wireless backhaul operations,” says Ajit Pai, Chairman of the FCC. “And we are ensuring that those incumbents are protected by requiring the use of automated frequency coordination systems, which will only allow new standard-power operations in areas that will not cause interference to incumbent services, and by placing conservative power limits on low-power indoor operations.”
This left me with the impression that 6 GHz is permitted for outdoor devices, but limited to only 850 MHz of the new spectrum and the device must use something similar to DFS to protect licensed devices already in use. The way they’ve worded it, i’m not sure if they mean “indoor only” or “indoor only” for the lower powered, but greater frequency range devices.
Is this correct?