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[Interpretation] New Zealand opens Wi-Fi 6E band

On August 1, 2022, New Zealand RSM (Radio Spectrum Management) updated the indicative summary of the outcomes for 6 GHz WLAN, summarizing the technical requirements of Wi-Fi 6E band 5 5925 ~ 6425 MHz. At present, the  Radiocommunications Regulations (General User Radio License for Short Range Devices) Notice 2022 has updated the spectrum of Wi-Fi 6E, and the Radiocommunications Regulations (Radio Standards) Notice 2020 will be updated shortly. So far, two RCM certified countries, Australia and New Zealand, have opened Wi-Fi 6E.

Here is the interpretation of relevant Australian regulations:

▲ Technical Requirements --------------------------

Summary of technical conditions for 6 GHz WLAN:

Permitted frequency bandCategoryMax. EIRPMax. PSD (EIRP)Conditions
5925-6425 MHz

Low Power Indoor (LPI)

24 dBm(250 mW)

11 dBm/MHz

(12.6 mW/MHz)

Indoor use only within a building or within an enclosed space having attenuation characteristics at least equivalent to those of a building

Very Low Power (VLP)

14 dBm(25.11 mW)

1 dBm/MHz

(1.26 mW/MHz)

No indoor restriction (i.e. Outdoor is permitted)
Applicable Standard:ETSI EN 303 687 “6 GHz WAS/RLAN”

As shown in the table above, at present, Wi-Fi 6E band 5 in New Zealand is only allowed to be used in Low Power Indoor (LPI) and Very Low Power (VLP) (the same as Australia).

▲ New Zealand & Australia VS Europe & America -----------------------

Comparison of Wi-Fi 6E technical requirements between New Zealand, Australia, EU and the United States:


Technical requirementsFCC § 15.407ETSI EN 303 687 DraftAS/NZS 4268:2017 Amendment 1:2021
SPFrequency bands (MHz)5925 ~ 6425 & 6525 ~ 6875-
AP & Fixed ClientPower: 36 dBm EIRP & PSD: 23 dBm/MHz EIRP
Client under control of SP APPower: 30 dBm EIRP & PSD: 17 dBm/MHz EIRP
Special requirementsAutomated Frequency Coordination
LPIFrequency bands (MHz)5925 ~ 71255945 ~ 64255925 ~ 6425
AP & SubordinatePower: 30 dBm EIRP & PSD: 5 dBm/MHz EIRP

Power: 23 dBm EIRP &

PSD: 10 dBm/MHz EIRP

Power: 24 dBm EIRP & 

PSD: 11 dBm/MHz EIRP

Client under control of LPI APPower: 24 dBm EIRP & PSD: -1 dBm/MHz EIRP
Special requirementsContention-based protocol

Channel access mechanism, Receiver blocking &

Receiver selectivity

Contention-based protocols for multiple 

access (only Australia)

Frequency bands (MHz)-
5945 ~ 64255925 ~ 6425
AP & Client

Power: 14 dBm EIRP &


Power: 14 dBm EIRP &

 PSD: 1 dBm/MHz EIRP

Special requirements

Channel access mechanism, Receiver blocking &

Receiver selectivity

Contention-based protocols for multiple 

access (only Australia)

◆ Note:

○ SP: Standard Power; ○ LPI: Low Power Indoor; ○ VLP: Very Low Power; ○ AFC: Automated Frequency Coordination.

▲ Test Reference --------------------------

Since the Radiocommunications Regulations (Radio Standards) Notice has not been updated, it is not clear which standard New Zealand Wi-Fi 6E refers to. ETSI EN 303 687 is mentioned in the RSM. According to previous experience, the test should refer to CE / FCC 6E standard, and the equipment category and power & PSD in New Zealand are similar to CE 6E, so it is recommended to use CE 6E standard for testing.

New Zealand is still in a wait-and-see attitude towards the higher band of Wi Fi 6e (6425 ~ 7125 MHz), and it does not intend to open it at this stage. After the Wi-Fi 6E band in New Zealand is updated, BTL will share the latest information with you.


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