Consultation: Notice of Ofcom’s changes to licence exemption for Wireless Telegraphy Devices and consultation on licensing equipment in 57 to 71 GHz

  • Start: 07 December 2020
  • Status: Open
  • End: 29 January 2021

We are consulting on draft regulations (the Wireless Telegraphy (Exemption) Regulations 2021 (the “Proposed Regulations”))to allow more spectrum to be used on a licence exempt basis by a number of short-range device (“SRD”) applications such as Wi-Fi, smart meters and Internet of Things.  The Proposed Regulations would implement our policy decision made earlier this year on extending Wi-Fi to the 6 GHz band. They would also implement changes to align technical conditions for some devices with the European Commission Decision on SRDs.

We are also consulting on proposals to change the authorisation of the use of SRD Data Networks in the 870 to 874.4 MHz band, which if agreed would be implemented by the Proposed Regulations.

Finally, we are proposing to move from a licence-exemption regime to requiring a licence for higher power (above 40 dBm) wideband data transmission systems in the 57 to 71 GHz band.

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