Wi-Fi Alliance® advances Automated Frequency Coordination system development supporting Wi-Fi 6E ecosystem

Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C. – January 28, 2021 – Wi-Fi Alliance® announces release of the specification which defines the architecture, protocols, and functionality for the Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) system-to-AFC device interface. This announcement follows the U.S. Federal Communications Commission decision to authorize operations of standard-power access points under AFC control in the 6 GHz frequency band. Wi-Fi Alliance is a global leader in interoperability testing focused on delivering affordable and reliable Wi-Fi® connectivity. Development of this specification demonstrates the commitment by Wi-Fi Alliance to maximizing 6 GHz spectrum opportunity and to expanding Wi-Fi 6E benefits and innovation.

“This specification represents remarkable collaboration among our member companies,” said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. “Wi-Fi Alliance is advancing industry goals to accelerate Wi-Fi innovation and ecosystem growth in the 6 GHz frequency band.”

Wi-Fi Alliance members have mobilized around Wi-Fi 6E certification. Wi-Fi 6E is gaining rapid adoption worldwide, with more than 338 million devices projected to enter the market in 2021. This specification will enable Wi-Fi Alliance members to develop an array of innovative Wi-Fi 6E products that will operate under AFC control. The Wi-Fi Alliance effort to define the AFC system will continue, ensuring worldwide adoption, interoperability, security, and reliability expected of Wi-Fi.

The specification can be downloaded here: https://www.wi-fi.org/file/afc-system-to-afc-device-interface-draft-specification


About Wi-Fi Alliance®
Wi-Fi Alliance® is the worldwide network of companies that brings you Wi-Fi®. Members of our collaboration forum come together from across the Wi-Fi ecosystem with the shared vision to connect everyone and everything, everywhere, while providing the best possible user experience. Since 2000, Wi-Fi Alliance has completed more than 50,000 Wi-Fi certifications. The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ seal of approval designates products with proven interoperability, backward compatibility, and the highest industry-standard security protections in place. Today, Wi-Fi carries more than half of the internet’s traffic in an ever-expanding variety of applications. Wi-Fi Alliance continues to drive the adoption and evolution of Wi-Fi, which billions of people rely on every day.


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Stephanie Burke
Highwire PR for Wi-Fi Alliance