Planning for WLAN use in the 6 GHz band

Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) is considering the use of radio spectrum from 5925 MHz – 7125 MHz.

We are now consulting the interested parties an opportunity on WLAN use on 6 GHz

Wi-Fi 6E devices in New Zealand

Attention: Manufacturers / importers / distributors / sellers of Wi-Fi capable equipment

What is Wi-Fi 6E?

Wi-Fi 6E has recently been standardised by the institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and operates in the 6 GHz band (5925 – 7125 MHz). Current Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6 devices operate in the existing 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz spectrum bands.

Why isn’t Wi-Fi 6E available for use in New Zealand?

Radio transmitters need licences to operate in New Zealand. The use of Wi-Fi devices is licensed under the General User Radio License for Short Range Devices(external link). Currently RSM has not yet approved using Wi-Fi in the 6GHz band.

What are your responsibilities as a provider of Wi-Fi capable equipment?

Equipment cannot be supplied or marketed in New Zealand that has Wi-Fi 6E channels (above 5925 MHz) enabled. Manufacturers / importers / distributors / sellers must ensure that users cannot re-enable Wi-Fi 6E channels. If the device can be configured from the Wi-Fi frequency regulatory database (wireless-regdb), then the NZ region should be set. This should prevent Wi-Fi 6E spectrum being used by the device. If there are either programmable settings that manufacturers / importers have access to, then all Wi-Fi 6E channels (above 5925 MHz) must be locked out so that users cannot re-enable them.

More Information:

The current 5GHz Wi-Fi channels and spectrum in New Zealand [PDF, 1.5 MB]

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