Proposal would triple the amount of licence-exempt spectrum available for Wi-Fi
November 19, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen more Canadians working from home, engaging in distance learning, and buying essential goods and accessing social services online. This shift has made access to high-quality and affordable wireless services absolutely essential. That is why the Government of Canada is taking action to support competition, rural connectivity and the effective deployment of Wi-Fi and 5G technologies.
Today, at the 2020 Canadian Telecom Summit, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced the launch of a consultation on a proposal to triple the licence-exempt spectrum available for Wi-Fi by opening up the 6 GHz band to support greater choice and affordability of wireless broadband for Canadians. This proposal will enable new technologies and innovative licence-exempt applications by increasing speed and capacity.
With more spectrum available for Wi-Fi, Canadians will benefit from increased speed and connectivity for working from home, participating in distance education and accessing health care services remotely. This will also allow businesses to benefit from emerging technologies, such as virtual and augmented reality.