El Salvador opens up 6GHz for Wi-Fi, but Honduras may limit its use

El Salvador opens up 6GHz for Wi-Fi, but Honduras may limit its use

SIGET (Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecomunicaciones), the telecommunications regulating agency in El Salvador, has issued a new resolution which aligns it with the growing number of countries that have completely freed up the 6GHz band for use in WiFi 6E networks.

The resolution classifies the entire 6GHz band (5.925 to 7.125 MHz) as free use, a boost for Wi-Fi in the country. However, the resolution also establishes the maximum operating limits of the devices, limiting their use to indoors, while prohibiting their implementation in vehicles such as cars, trains, ships and aircraft.

Elsewhere in Latin America, things aren’t quite as upbeat for Wi-FI proponents. Honduran telecommunications regulator Conatel has launched a public consultation on a draft resolution to modify the national frequency plan in relation to the 6GHz band.

In 2021 1200MHz of spectrum between 5925MHz and 7125MHz was provisioned for local area networking using Wi-Fi 6E standards. Now the regulator seems inclined to change the allocation of the entire 6GHz band to only the 5925MHz-6425MHz range.

The document, available on the regulator's website, has been made available for public consultation until today (12 July).

Allocation of 6GHz spectrum has been a major talking point in many countries in recent months. We reported in February that Brazilian regulator Anatel had enabled broadband providers to tap into the 6GHz spectrum band unlicensed for the next decade, boosting Wi-Fi in that country. Also in February we took a look at the ongoing tussle between Wi-Fi and cellular in a number of countries for use of 6GHz spectrum.

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