6 GHz Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) System

The leader in Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) development and deployment.

Powering Wi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi 7, and 5G NR-U technologies

Building on the success of automated spectrum sharing in the 3.5 GHz CBRS band, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) conditionally approved Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) systems to manage access to the 6 GHz band by license-exempt devices. AFC systems allow standard power Wi-Fi 6E and 5G NR-U devices to transmit at up to 63 times higher power, while avoiding interference with incumbent users in the band. The increased range, faster speeds, and improved capacity of license-exempt device operations using Wi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi 7, and 5G NR-U technologies will power enterprise-level digital transformation across a broad range of use cases.

Enabling Wi-Fi 6E

Federated Wireless is an early-to-market partner with leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to enable a faster time-to-market for innovative new applications, devices, and services.

The Federated
Wireless difference

Our 10+ years of advocacy and leadership in the shared spectrum and private wireless space means that we can focus on delivering leading-edge, standards-based solutions that are simple, affordable to deploy, and easily scalable to solve our customers’ most complex connectivity challenges.

Key AFC Platform Features

Built for Tomorrow

A cloud-native architecture tested to manage millions of devices, all pinging for channel availability on a regular basis, for performance and scale.

Precise Incumbent User Models

A proprietary database of incumbent microwave antenna Radiation Pattern Envelopes (RPEs) to ensure maximum spectrum availability for new Wi-Fi access points.

Precise RF Environment Models

Use of an extensive GeoData database combined with machine learning for refined propagation modeling to deliver more spectrum for Wi-Fi devices

Dashboards and Analytics

Unique insights into spectrum utilization to easily improve manageability and troubleshoot issues for Wi-Fi network managers

Carrier-grade NOC and SLAs

We manage SLAs, maintain a state-of-the-art NOC, and have operational expertise in delivering 99.999% availability for cloud-native applications

  • Our enterprise customers rely on Cisco to solve complex challenges that can benefit from maximizing the 6-GHz spectrum across all use cases including outdoor, warehouses, stadiums, etc. Together, with Federated’s expertise in shared spectrum, and demonstrated success in deploying high performing, reliable private wireless solutions, we can offer enterprise customers the scale and reliability they need to succeed in the digital era.

    Yogesh Paliwal, Director, Product Management, Cisco Wireless
  • HPE Aruba Networking is excited to partner with Federated Wireless to bring 6 GHz Standard Power to the enterprise leveraging Federated Wireless's deep experience and proven cloud infrastructure for AFC.

    Stuart Strickland, CTO, HPE Aruba Networking Wireless and Distinguished HPE Fellow

Federated Wireless is bringing the AFC to market quickly.

Conditional approval from the FCC for U.S. operation.

Application in to operate in Canada.

Demonstrated leadership in standards bodies.

Global Regulatory Momentum

Countries around the world are beginning to adopt rules for inclusion of standard power and outdoor devices for outdoor access point implementation in the 6 GHz band.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission conditionally approved Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) systems for managing access to the 6 GHz band for Standard Power devices and is working with the industry for Certification of Equipment and AFC Systems. Canada is very close behind the United States in authorizing commercial AFC system operations.

Enabling standard power and outdoor access to 6 GHz spectrum, via AFC system management, is critical to ensuring that Wi-Fi is part of the growing momentum in private wireless adoption and automation across various industries and domains.

Wi-Fi 6 has crossed 50% market share within the first three years since its introduction.

Global Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 7 chipset market size was valued at USD 22.5 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.9% from 2023 to 2030.*

Wi-Fi 6E segment demand is projected to be more than 7 billion units by 2030.*

The Federated Wireless AFC system is architected to quickly adapt for expansion in international markets as more regulatory bodies authorize standard power and outdoor license-exempt operations under management of AFC systems for the 6 GHz band. Federated Wireless is working with national regulatory authorities around the world to accelerate adoption and deployment of license-exempt device operation in the 6 GHz band on a shared basis while protecting current and future incumbent licensees.

*Grand View Research, Report GVR-4-68038-334-8

Our AFC makes headlines

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    FCC AFC Certification and Commercial-Grade Solution Ready for Market

    Arlington, VA – August 24, 2023 – Federated Wireless, a leader in shared spectrum and private wireless solutions, today applauded…

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  • Federated Wireless and Cisco Collaborate to Accelerate Standard Power Wi-Fi 6E Ecosystem Expansion Worldwide

    Cisco will integrate Federated Wireless AFC into Cisco Wireless 6-GHz capable access points to enable enterprise transformation with high capacity,…

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    Airspan Networks Selects Federated Wireless Automated Frequency Coordination Service For Its Wi-Fi 6E Offering

    Airspan 6-series integrates with Federated Wireless AFC to bring game-changing range, speed, capacity and automation to shared spectrum Wi-Fi 6E…

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    MediaTek and Federated Wireless Join Forces to Complete AFC Testing on Wi-Fi 7 and 6E Chipsets for 6GHz Standard Power Operation

    LAS VEGAS, Nevada – MediaTek, a global leader in providing the latest in Wi-Fi technology, announced today that it has successfully…

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