Pakistan: Introducing 6 GHz Spectrum Band for Unlicensed RLAN Operation

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has announced the allocation of the 6 GHz spectrum band for unlicensed Radio Local Area Network (RLAN) operation in Pakistan.

The announcement was made during an event titled “Unlocking Pakistan’s Connectivity: Enablement of Next-Gen Wi-Fi in 6 GHz Band.”  

This move positions Pakistan as a regional leader in adopting next-generation Wi-Fi technology, joining a select group of countries in the Asia Pacific region to unlock the potential of Wi-Fi 6E, becoming the 10th country in Asia Pacific to embrace the 6 GHz band for Wi-Fi. 

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Current Wi-Fi Bands and Connectivity Environment

Presently, Wi-Fi in Pakistan operates in two bands: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, with available bandwidths of 100 MHz and 150 MHz, respectively. These Industrial, Scientific & Medical (ISM) bands accommodate multiple applications, including everyday technologies like microwave ovens, Bluetooth, and cordless phones, which co-exist with Wi-Fi, leading to congestion. 

While the announcement marks a significant milestone, the technical parameters for the 6 GHz spectrum allocation are yet to be defined by the PTA. This will be a crucial next step in ensuring the effective and efficient implementation of Wi-Fi 6E in Pakistan. 

To read the official announcement, please click here. 

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