What You Should Know About Millimeter Wave 5G in Canada

What You Should Know About Millimeter Wave 5G in Canada

When it comes to millimeter wave 5G in Canada, governmental regulations, and governmental compliance regulations, are very different from the United States. In fact, the frequency bands used for 5G in Canada are much more specific and restricted than in the United States. This is why it’s especially important to work with a SAR testing that is knowledgeable in worldwide standards for SAR compliance. Keep reading to learn more about millimeter wave 5G in Canada, the role of SAR testing, and the importance of working with an expert SAR testing lab.

Millimeter Wave and 5G

Millimeter wave, or Extremely High Frequency (EHF) electromagnetic spectrum are radio waves ranging from 30 to 300 GHz. This spectrum has been given the names “millimeter wave” and “millimeter bands” because its wavelengths range from 10 to 1 millimeter.

This spectrum is used for many wireless devices and services including high-speed, point-to-point wireless local area networks (WLANs), and broadband access. Millimeter wave is considered the optimal spectrum for short-distance wireless transmission of ultra-high-definition video and communications from small, low-power IoT devices, such as smartphones or tablets.

The Role of 5G in Communication

Frequencies near the bottom of the millimeter band are currently being used to power 5G networks. These frequencies are used for many services on mobile and wireless networks because of their ability to enable higher data rates for Wi-Fi and cellular networks.

This is the appeal of 5G networks. They allow us to use the mobile internet while improving user experience and network efficiency. These improvements can be seen in increased capacity, faster network speeds, lower latency, and better wireless communication for IoT devices.

Millimeter Wave Regulations in Canada

Canadian authorities currently limit millimeter wave testing to specific frequency bands. These bands include the WiFi 6E bands which range from mid-band frequencies such as 6-7.2 GHz and the  51-71 GHz band.

The low band, mid-band, and high band make up the three 5G frequency ranges. 600-700 Mhz make up the low band, which is optimal for coverage of large areas. The mid-band frequency includes 2.5-3.7 GHz. This is the frequency currently used to provide Canadians with 5G mobile service. The high band frequency is what is known as millimeter wave. Operating at frequencies of 25-39 GHz, this is the ideal band for 5G mmW mobile service.

Millimeter Wave & SAR Testing

Now, how does SAR testing factor into millimeter wave 5G in Canada? Millimeter wave devices that will be sold in Canada must prove compliance with ISED regulations to show that they are safe for consumer use. Manufacturers will have to figure out how millimeter wave 5G devices will be manufactured, packaged, and tested.

Proving compliance with SAR regulations may be further complicated by the variety of applications millimeter 5G in Canada can be used for, such as automotive uses, multi-mode and multi-band technologies, antennas, and more. These different devices and applications will each have different testing requirements. 

Some millimeter wave devices will require that the transceiver be tested along with the antennas, while for other devices, only the antennas will need to be tested. Ultimately, transceivers, antennas, the device package, the speed, and the integrity of the signal may need to be tested. This may complicate SAR testing requirements for millimeter wave devices, but this won’t be an issue when you work with a SAR testing lab made up of a team of experts.

Get Millimeter Wave 5G Device Testing Help at RF Exposure Lab

At RF Exposure Lab, we put in the work to stay up to date on the latest developments in SAR regulations so that you don’t have to. In addition to this, we go above and beyond to make sure our clients understand what we do and assist them in understanding how FCC regulations affect the testing required for your device. 

We strive to be as communicative and transparent as possible throughout the SAR testing process so you always know what’s going on with your product and are never left in the dark. We offer SAR testing services for a variety of wireless devices including cell phones, laptops and tablets, medical products, survey equipment, wireless modems, and more. In addition to this, we are now the first US SAR testing lab to receive ISED accreditation for testing of millimeter wave devices.

If you’re looking for SAR testing help that is provided with expertise, speed, accuracy, and integrity, contact us to get a quote for our services.