Anyone who lives in an apartment building could probably get better WiFi from next year. The Federal Network Agency released the 6 gigahertz frequency range for this, as it announced on Wednesday. This means that routers are also allowed to radio in these frequencies, so far they have only done this over 2.4 and 5 gigahertz. The additional signal range is intended to provide users with fast and stable Internet, even if there are many WLAN networks in the vicinity and these are being used at the same time. So far, the WLAN networks have slowed each other down a bit, but the frequency that has now been released should alleviate this problem.

It is still unclear when consumers will benefit from the frequency release. Because a software update is not enough, you need new hardware. There is currently no router available in Germany that can be used for the 6 gigahertz range that has now been released. The first devices are likely to hit the German market next year. The end devices used for the Internet - whether smartphones, notebooks, tablets or televisions - must also be compatible with the new Wi-Fi 6E technology standard.

The President of the Federal Network Agency, Jochen Homann, was delighted with the step towards a better wireless fixed-line Internet: “We are almost doubling the available spectrum for WLAN.” This will drive further digitization and make innovations possible. Thumbs up, signaled a Vodafone spokesman: "New frequencies ensure that the high speeds on the Internet can always be better used by end customers."

The best-known manufacturer of routers in Germany is the Berlin company AVM, from which the Fritz! Boxes come. "The use of WLAN in the 6 GHz range is a very positive development," said a company spokeswoman. “Because with the increasing number of mobile devices at home, so does the“ space requirement ”in wireless networks.” AVM does not yet offer a router that transmits in the new area. "We are working intensively with Wi-Fi 6E and the introduction of corresponding products that support the new standard."

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