Metaverse tech gets the green light from the US Federal Communications Commission to use the high-speed 6GHz frequency. The US FCC gave permits to use 6 GHz in low-power wearable technology, which includes AR devices (augmented reality) and VR devices (virtual reality). These techs will now be able to tap into the higher frequency band.
The permit comes in the middle of a wide array of mixed reality devices getting introduced in the market. The FCC views that this decision would enrich the consumer experiences and would also bolster the economy of the nation.
What Does The FCC Statement Say In It?
According to the statement released by the US FCC, on 19 October, says that the commission has opened up the 6 GHz frequency band to very low-power devices that work along with Wi-Fi-enabled devices and that these devices would not require a license. The permit of the new frequency band makes a total of 850 megahertz of the spectrum.
This opens up new scope to the entire production industry and the demand for these AR/VR tech is supposed to go high. The wearable tech and AR and VR tech that are about to be launched sooner will help, and enhance individual experiences and will provide growth to the businesses as well. This is also supposed to add momentum to the developments in healthcare as well as entertainment industries.
The FCC viewed that is necessary to provide more flexibility and foster unlicensed innovation and the commission has done the same in recent years. Previously it had permitted unlicensed usage in the 1,200 megahertz of spectrum that was between 5.925 GHz, and 7.125 GHz.
What Is The Latest With The Leading Tech Giants?
Earlier in October Meta had launched its Quest 3, a mixed reality VR headset, and other industry giants are also leading the race. Apple is supposed to start shipping its Vision Pro, a mixed reality headset that runs using the VisionOS operating system, from early 2024 onwards.
Before that, Meta has also released another version, a second version, for its AR glasses in partnership with Ray-Ban; that was back in September. There are reports that hint that Google and Apple are also working to release their own glasses that are AR-enabled.
These three global tech giants were the first to petition the FCC to open up the frequency spectrum so that they could use the high-speed frequency band to use it in their low-power wearable devices.
What Are Some Of The Future Plans Of The FCC
Further, the FCC is also making further proposals to expand the operations of the very low-power unlicensed devices and also to give permit to more operational flexibility to the VLP devices.
The same 6GHz band is also used by some high-service providers in the US such as the ones that provide electric grid services, long-distance phone services, and the services that link subnetworks to the core networks.