Press Release

Qualcomm Serviços de Telecomunicações Ltda, in collaboration with Anatel, Cambium and Telium, brings Wi-Fi 6E to São Paulo

Bnamericas Published: Tuesday, December 06, 2022

By Qualcomm

This is a machine translation of the original press release issued in Portuguese

São Paulo, December 5, 2022 – Qualcomm Serviços de Telecomunicações Ltda. (“Qualcomm Brazil”), in collaboration with the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) and the companies Cambium Networks, Ltd. and Telium will make the experience of the Wi-Fi 6E connection available to the population of São Paulo, in the area of Rua Gabrielle D' Annunzio, in the Campo Belo neighborhood. The initiative is the first Wi-Fi 6E in the 6GHz band in an outdoor area in Latin America. The connection will be available for two months, starting on December 3rd, in cooperation with the Municipality of São Paulo and the Campo Belo Gastronomia Association, benefiting customers of establishments in the region.

Wi-Fi 6E is considered the evolution of wireless connection, providing users with higher speed and lower latency. It has support for frequencies in the 6 GHz band, in addition to the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands that already exist in conventional devices. The technology is seen as a complement to the connectivity revolution brought about by 5G, since its transmission rates and latency are compatible with 5G. Customers of restaurants, taxi drivers and other people circulating in the region will be able to experience the novelty by connecting to the “Wi-Fi6E SP Outdoor” network for free.

Those who have smartphones with Wi-Fi 6E support will be able to enjoy the technology in the new band, with rates of Gbps. However, other users with previous Wi-Fi generations will also be able to use the internet on the previous frequencies.

The initiative will be an opportunity to use the Qualcomm® Wi-Fi 6E technology present in Cambium equipment and the Qualcomm® Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) service. Developed by the company for spectrum management, it will be used in this project to help validate that there is no interference with fixed point-to-point systems existing in that region, in a demonstration of the possibility of sharing this band. Also contributing to the project, Telium participates by providing the broadband Internet connection, while Cambium offers 6E Wi-Fi access points and a point-to-point link also operating in the 6GHz band, installed by the company Tecexpert . To make the initiative possible, Anatel approved a license for Temporary Use of Spectrum (UTE) for 60 days.

“We are bringing the opportunity to the population to experience a technology that represents a revolution in connectivity. And, once again, we will be pioneers, bringing the first installation of Wi-Fi 6E in the 6GHz band in an outdoor area in Latin America. This is all made possible by the regulatory advances for the release of the 6GHz band in 2020, and even better as soon as its use is extended to outdoor applications as it is being done here today, something very important that accompanies technological development, and making use of the Qualcomm's AFC platform,” says Francisco Soares, VP, Government Affairs, Qualcomm Serviços de Telecomunicações Ltda.

“Brazil has experienced a leap forward in the area of connectivity and Anatel has been working to exploit these possibilities, facilitating the development of business and technological solutions. Projects like this make it possible for citizens to get in touch with innovations and for society to start experimenting, adopting and assimilating this new phase of connectivity in Brazil”, says Moisés Queiroz Moreira, Anatel advisor.

“São Paulo is always at the forefront of technology. Campo Belo is a neighborhood that is home to several bars and restaurants with an audience interested in technological innovations. We embarked on this project to bring consumers this innovative experience in connectivity”, says Manuel Coelho, president of Associação Campo Belo Gastronomia.

About Qualcomm  

Qualcomm is the world's leader in wireless technology innovation and the driving force behind the development, launch and expansion of 5G. When we connected our phone to the internet, the mobile revolution was born. Today, our foundational technologies power the mobile ecosystem and are found in all 3G, 4G and 5G smartphones. We're bringing the benefits of mobility to new industries including automotive, the internet of things and computing, and we're leading the way to a world where everyone and everything can communicate and interact seamlessly. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL and much of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, together with its subsidiaries, substantially all of our engineering, research and development functions and substantially all of our products and services businesses, including our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit the Qualcomm website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

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