Argentina to achieve $63 bn by keeping 6 GHz band for unlicensed use

Argentina’s regulator Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM) has recently decided to utilize the 5925-7125 MHz band for unlicensed use.
Argentina 6 GHz spectrumUnlicensed use of Wi-Fi requires large amounts of spectrum to be made available in order to expand services and reach thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), internet providers, telecommunications co-operatives and community networks.

These are essential in connecting all types of communities, neighbourhoods, schools, hospitals and other groups operating in critical sectors. With the decision to enable the entire 6 GHz band for unlicensed usage, thousands of professionals across Argentina will be able to enjoy the benefits of reliable connectivity and new Wi-Fi technologies.

“The DSA welcomes the recent decision by ENACOM. Argentina now has the tools export products and services of high value that can fully integrate into the global digital economy, placing the country at the forefront of technological innovation,” Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) President Martha Suarez said in a statement.
Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) President Martha Suarez

Nine countries in the Americas region enabled access to the entire 6 GHz frequency band, providing 254 million households and 78 percent of the continent’s population with connectivity for further evolution in Wi-Fi technologies.

A study carried out by the Telecom Advisory Services indicated Argentina could enjoy a $63 billion economical boost by 2031 as a result of opening the full 6 GHz band.

“The promotion of Wi-Fi will be essential in connecting all citizens, and enhancing the development of technologies within gaming, virtual and augmented reality, Internet of Things (IoT) and the Metaverse,” Martha Suarez said.

Unlicenced access for Wi-Fi in turn will accompany the development of 5G within Argentina, as a large portion of mobile traffic is offloaded over fixed wireless access networks.