Saudi Arabia‘s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) announced that the entire 6 GHz frequency band would be eligible for Wi-Fi use, making it the first country in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East to do so.
For Saudi users at home and in public places like airports and shopping malls, the new WiFI 6e technology will increase internet speeds by five times. That means routers can now use 150 percent more free airwaves for the next generation of Wi-Fi networks.
The move is intended to allow for creative uses of the frequency spectrum while also keeping up with the commission’s strategic change to a digital regulator and promoting digitization in the Kingdom.
Fostering WiFi 6e in Saudi Arabia was announced during a webinar titled “Fostering New Generation of WiFi Technologies in Saudi Arabia,” which addressed the role of new WiFi technologies in the Kingdom’s digitization.
Several multinational companies spoke at the CITC webinar, including Intel, Apple, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA), Microsoft, WiFi Alliance, Facebook, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, among others.
WiFi 6e will also enable future network applications across a wide range of uses, including the Internet of Things, smart homes, and virtual reality applications, according to the commission.
The announcement comes on the heels of CITC’s recently released new spectrum outlook for commercial and creative usage (2021-2023), which aims to enhance the innovative use spectrum and allow new generations of smart innovative wireless technologies.