The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom has announced that it will be proceeding with its consultation to extend Wi-Fi access to additional 125MHz of spectrum in the 5.8GHz band.
If, after the consultation, the plans go ahead, the number of 80MHz channels will increase from 4 to 6.
Why does this matter?
Spectrum is currently very congested with an ever-increasing demand from users meaning connectivity can often become sluggish. By adding more channels, especially those that are wider, will mean less neighbouring traffic, resulting in a better connection and improved quality of experience.
In the short term Ofcom has said it will focus specifically on the 5725-5850MHz band, with a view to look at expanding more 5GHz frequencies in the longer term.