Apple to receive frequencies in Russia to test UWB radio technology

According to Vedomosti, referring to the materials for the GKRCH meeting, Apple Rus, acting in Apple’s interest, claims frequency bands in the 6.2-8.2 GHz range. At the same time, the departments represented in the State Radio Frequency Commission (SCRF) they had no objections, it was proposed to assign frequencies. In sound materials, frequencies are said to be assigned to test electromagnetic compatibility of ultra-wideband and short-range wireless devices with other radio equipment. The band allocation for Apple will be approved at a meeting of the State Radio Frequency Committee on November 23. The permit will be valid until October 1, 2021.

An Apple spokesman declined to comment. The telecommunications ministry (oversees the SCRF) said preparations for a commission meeting are underway and it is too early to comment on their possible decisions.

We are talking about tests of the Ultra Wide Band (UWB) technology, which is compatible with the iPhone 11, released by Apple in 2019, and the iPhone 12. According to the developer’s plan, this technology will eventually replace Bluetooth. UWB allows you to achieve a higher data exchange speed, as well as increase the distance (it is argued that three times, up to 300 m) at which devices can communicate. UWB allows you to “point” (without entering a password, as is the case with Bluetooth) to transfer data to nearby devices. In the professional field, UWB is used, for example, for local radar (this function is necessary indoors, for example, for firefighters and rescuers).

Apple tried to legalize UWB in Russia last year and submitted an application to the State Radio Frequency Committee for the allocation of frequencies in the 6 GHz range. But it was later rejected, as the ranges overlap with those in which the radars operate. in Russia. At the same time, the radiation power of UWB radars and modules is unmatched.

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