ART publishes its action plan and reminds of the currently authorised uses of WLAN technology

11 June 2002

Following ART's (Autorité de régulation des télécommunications) report on the results of its consultation document on wireless networks ("Wi Fi") in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands, ART now announces changes to the conditions of use of these frequency bands in order to allow commercial telecommunications services by the end of this year.

  • An easing of the conditions of use in "hotspots" by the end of 2002
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ART presented yesterday to a consultation committee (Commission Consultative des Radiocommunications) six draft decisions opening the way for Internet fast access for end users in hot spots (e.g. airports, hotels).

According to DE 98/34, ART now has to notify these draft decisions to the European Commission in order to allow other members states and the Commission to raise concerns about potential barriers to trade. The decisions will then need to be approved by the Ministry of Telecommunications.

These decisions open the way for fast speed Internet connections using WLAN technologies in areas like airports and hotels, as this is the case in some other European countries.

  • Discussions with the Ministry of Defence
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ART pursues discussions with the Ministry of Defence in order to :

- allow the use of the entire 2.4 GHz band with a power of less than 100 milliwatts (mW) indoors and of less than 10 mW outdoors.

The Ministry of Defence has informed ART that these conditions already apply in certain departments (départements, French main administrative division) listed in appendix. An additional list will be published on 2003.

- Apply CEPT recommendation as soon as possible, i.e. the use of the 2.4 GHz band with a power of less then 100 milliwatts (mW) indoors and outdoors.

  • Guidelines setting the conditions for experimental public network in ill served areas
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ART will publish this summer guidelines defining the conditions under which temporary public network can be established, in particular in the 2.4 GHz frequency band.

These experiments will allow to test these technologies and assess their capacity to provide high speed Internet access in parts of the country that are currently ill served by existing networks.

  • Un nécessaire Review of currently authorised uses
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WLAN technologies are currently available only to private networks under the technical conditions presented in the appendix.


APPENDIX 1

Technical restrictions

Maximum authorised power indoors is:

  • 10 mW for the entire 2.4 GHz band (2400 MHz-2483.5 MHz)
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  • 100 mW for frequencies between 2446.5 MHz and 2483.5 MHz
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There are few possibilities for outdoor use: on private property or on the private property of public persons, use is subject to a preliminary authorisation procedure by the Ministry of Defence, with maximum authorised power of 100 mW in the 2446.5-2483.5 MHz band. Use outdoors on public property is not permitted.

In the départements listed in annex 2, for the entire 2.4 GHz band:

  • maximum authorised power indoors is 100 mW

  • maximum authorised power outdoors is 10 mW

In accordance with the decisions of the CEPT, frequencies in the 5150 MHz-5350 MHz band may be used indoors with maximum power of 200 mW. Their use is forbidden outdoors. The 5470 MHz﷓5725 MHz band is not currently open.

 

APPENDIX 2

Départements in which the use of the 2400-2483.5 MHz band is permitted
with an EIRP of less than 100 mW indoors and less than 10 mW outdoors

 

01

Ain

36

Indre

66

Pyrénées Orientales

02

Aisne

37

Indre et Loire

67

Bas Rhin

03

Allier

41

Loir et Cher

68

Haut Rhin

05

Hautes Alpes

42

Loire

70

Haute Saône

08

Ardennes

45

Loiret

71

Saône et Loire

09

Ariège

50

Manche

75

Paris

11

Aude

55

Meuse

82

Tarn et Garonne

12

Aveyron

58

Nièvre

84

Vaucluse

16

Charente

59

Nord

88

Vosges

24

Dordogne

60

Oise

89

Yonne

25

Doubs

61

Orne

90

Territoire de Belfort

26

Drôme

63

Puy de Dôme

94

Val de Marne

32

Gers

64

Pyrénées Atlantique

 

 

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Linked documents

The  report on the WLAN consultation  document. fr