Google is testing what looks to be a 6GHz network in 17 US states, according to Business Insider. But what exactly the testing is for is currently still unknown. Speculations point towards something related to WiFi 6e.
Android Police reports that Google went to the FCC to get permission for the test over the weekend. The 6GHz bands were opened up for WiFi and other use cases back in April, which may point to what the internet search giant is doing. But at the same time, the FCC also granted the company permission to conduct tests near the 6GHz band, specifically the 5650MHZ – 7125MHz range.
Making things even more opaque is the fact that Google prepared a “public and redacted” version of the request. As a result, the public document doesn’t detail the equipment being used, among other things.
It’s possible that Google may be working on new tech or features for upcoming Nest WiFi routers. Unfortunately, these are things that don’t normally make their way to our shores. At least, not officially. But whatever the company may be working on, it will likely take awhile before it gets announced, and even longer before we get to make use of them.