New Google Research Note: Wi-Fi is the tip of the iceberg
Apr 01, 2020 by Spectrum Research Service Blog


Bands26 GHz (2020), 28 GHz, 28 GHz (2020), 40 GHz (2020), 70 GHz (2020)
Tags24 GHz, 28 GHz, 37 GHz, 39 GHz, 40 GHz, 57-71 GHz, 70 GHz, Google, Waymo

Google is known as a Wi-Fi advocate, but its spectrum policy ambitions go much further.

Cheap and ubiquitous Wi-Fi supports its internet business, led by its domination of the search market, but Google has a growing range of products which use the same bands. These include Google routers; the Nest home control system; Waymo technologies for autonomous cars; and Loon’s high-altitude balloons.

Its plans extend far beyond the WiFi bands. It wants to expand unlicensed use in the 57-71 GHz range and introduce light licensing frameworks in 70/80 GHz.

Google advocates a mix of licensed and unlicensed bands but wants the balance shifted dramatically. It is a driving force behind CBRS and argues that the same database-driven three tiered sharing approach can be extended to 28 GHz, 37 GHz, 24 GHz and 39 GHz.

Google’s full research note is available to Spectrum Research Service subscribers here.