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Mr Champagne uncorks 6GHz band to triple Canada's Wi-Fi spectrum

20 May 2021

Francois-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, has announced the decision to open the 6GHz band, providing an additional 1,200MHz to triple the licence-exempt spectrum available for Wi-Fi with the aims of boosting competition, rural connectivity and the effective deployment of Wi-Fi and 5G technologies. Heralding the move as supporting greater choice and affordability of wireless broadband for consumers, the minister said the additional Wi-Fi spectrum availability will mean Canadians can benefit from increased speed and connectivity for working from home, participating in online education and accessing health care services remotely, noting that the decision also allows for more affordable deployment of broadband technology in rural areas and increased access to the spectrum for businesses and innovators looking to use it.

Canada, Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada

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