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European Short Range Devices

15 March 2011

The EU Radio Spectrum Committee (RSCom) met on March 23-24. Among the items it examined was a report from the CEPT issued earlier this month that proposed updates to short range device (SRD) rules.

The EU Radio Spectrum Committee (RSCom) met on March 23-24. Among the items it examined was a report from the CEPT issued earlier this month that proposed updates to short range device (SRD) rules. SRDs are unlicensed devices. In recent years, the European Commission has institutionalized a process for amending its Decision 2006/771/EC (PDF) annually to include additional SRD frequencies or services that Member States must implement into their national frequency tables and regulations. The CEPT report each year is the basis for adding to the technical annex to the decision, listing the harmonized bands that Member States must implement.

This year’s assessment in CEPT Report 38 proposes the following changes (which we mildly edited):

  • To amend existing regulatory requirements in the band 9 kHz – 135 kHz for inductive devices;
  • To include the bands 122-123 and 244-246 GHz for non specific short range devices;
  • To include the band 63-64 GHz for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS);
  • To include the frequency range 24.050-24.250 GHz for vehicular radar;
  • To increase the power level in the band 2446-2454 MHz to 500mW e.i.r.p for radio frequency identification devices (RFIDs) and add a footnote to open the possibility for derogations that Member States could seek.

The report identifies the following areas for further investigation and possible inclusion in future changes to the decision:

  • Setting designations for SRDs above 40 GHz as an ongoing task – the report says that particular focus should be on the inclusion of the band 57-66 GHz or part of it for non specific SRDs;
  • Investigate the possibility to create generic overlay bands or bands with common spectrum access parameters;
  • Investigate the possibility of sharing and the associated conditions in the 863-870 MHz band based on current monitoring reports and other reports to be expected in the near future;
  • Investigate the possible inclusion in the SRD decision of regulation for specific ultra wide band applications for which no current EC decision exists.

The CEPT report is dated March 11 and available on the European Communications Office website (PDF). One item on the RSCom agenda is to issue a call to Member States for information on how they have implemented the previous year’s technical annex.

All EU Decisions resulting from the RSCom are available at a thematic webpage, which includes the 2010 amendment to Decision 2006/771/EC (PDF).

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