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WiGIG promises 6Gbps Wireless Broadband

An agreement between the Wi-Fi Alliance and the Wireless Gigabit Alliance could see a tenfold increase in speed - so long as the Wi-Fi alliance acquires the right kit.

Currently users are able to access speeds of up to 150 mbps at 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz frequency bands, but, if the Wi-Fi Alliance can get the right equipment, the installation of a 60-GHz system could see users receiving up to 6 Gbps.

As reported by (opens in new tab), executive director of the Wi-Fi Alliance Edgar Figueroa said: “Today’s Wi-Fi speeds are measured in the low hundreds of megabits per second. The 60-GHz band allows for significant boost in performance, so we are talking about speeds in the gigabits per second range.”

The agreement between the Wi-Fi Alliance and the Wi-Gig Alliance will allow the two standards to work together on getting chip makers and gadgets manufacturers to use their technology.

Figeroa stated: "Now we are going to rally the industry around a compelling subset of features and go through a process of testing compatibility and interoperability.”

The hope is that this agreement between the two standards will be the first major step toward helping consumers go truly wireless.