This statement confirms that, following a formal consultation, the Wireless Telegraphy (Ultra-Wideband Equipment) (Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (the "Regulations") were made by us on 16 November 2010, and are coming into force on 31 December 2010. The Regulations can be obtained through the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI).
The Regulations amend the existing technical parameters for the establishment, installation or use of Ultra-Wideband (UWB). For the purpose of this statement the word "use" in the context of UWB equipment includes installing such equipment. Specifically, in the 4.2 to 4.8 GHz band the Regulations:
Reduce the permitted general transmission limits from a maximum mean e.i.r.p. density of no greater than -41.3 dBm/MHz to a maximum mean e.i.r.p. density of no greater than -70 dBm/MHz and from a maximum peak e.i.r.p. density of no greater than 0.0 dBm/50 MHz to a maximum peak e.i.r.p. density of no greater than -30.0 dBm/50MHz in the . However, the transmission limit of a maximum mean e.i.r.p. density of no greater than -41.3 dBm/MHz will continue to apply in circumstances where appropriate mitigation techniques are used.
In relation to the use of UWB equipment in automotive and railway vehicles, reduce the permitted transmission limit from a maximum mean e.i.r.p. density of -53.3 dBm/MHz to a maximum mean e.i.r.p. density of no greater than -70 dBm/MHz in circumstances where appropriate mitigation techniques are not used.
The Regulations are required by the European Commission Decision of 21 April 2009 (2009/343/EC) (the "UWB Amendment Decision"). All Member States are required to implement the UWB Amendment Decision.
Before deciding to make the Regulations, in accordance with the requirements of section 122(4) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 (the "WT Act"), we published a Statutory Notice (the "Notice") on 14 September 2010 containing a draft of the Regulations (the "Proposed Regulations") and invited comments from stakeholders.
We received three responses to our consultation. Having carefully considered the responses to the Notice we decided to proceed with making the Regulations. This statement confirms that we have made the Regulations which will come into force on 31 December 2010.