The Authority specifies the operating conditions of the equipment

Paris, the 5th of July 2001

After a consultation that resulted in an agreement with the Ministry of Defense, the French Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has just specified the following operating conditions:

- Non-specific Short-Range Devices operating on the 2.4 GHz band (in particular, including the products in compliance with Bluetooth standard),
- Unilateral Short-Range systems on site (that will be used in particular during sports events),
- High-Performance Radio Local Area Networks (i.e. "HIPERLANs").

In compliance with Article L.33-3 of the Post and Telecommunications Code, these installations are freely set up: no licence is required for use.

  • Non-specific Short-Range Devices operating on the 2.4 GHz band

For this type of installation, the Authority authorises the whole 2400-2483.5 MHz band, with a power limited to 10 mW inside buildings and 2.5 mW outside.

This change meets, in particular, the mobile telephony operators requirements and the needs of the consumers regarding wireless interfaces which are intended to equip some products in compliance with Bluetooth standard, such as mobile phones and laptop computers.

In addition to the Bluetooth standard products, installations on the 2.4 GHz band allow different types of applications to be implemented: broadband data transmission, remote control and remote monitoring, telemetry, alarm, voice and video transmission.

This set of conditions will soon be completed by a decision defining the operating conditions for Radio Local Area Networks (called "RLANs") on this band.

  • Unilateral Short-Range systems on site

After an in-depth consultation with the CSA (French broadcasting regulatory Authority), the Authority has authorised these systems, which operate on the 26-26.1 MHz frequency band and allow voice transmission between radio relay and individual receivers, specifically designed and adjusted for such purpose.

They concern applications designed for the public, that for example allow a referee in a sports event to inform the spectators of his decisions through their headphones, for teaching and educational purposes.

  • High-Performance Radio Local Area Networks (HIPERLANs)

The Authority has authorised these RLANs designed to meet the operating needs of high-speed data transmission systems.

HIPERLANs can run inside buildings with a power limited to 200 mW on the 5150-5350 MHz band.

These three decisions have been approved by the French Ministry in charge of Telecommunications and have been published in the Official Journal of the16th of June 2001.


Linked documents

NB: The decisions that determine the operating conditions for these systems (numbers  01-439 (pdf - 21 Ko) ,  01-441 (pdf - 21 Ko)  and  01-442 (pdf - 21 Ko)  dated the 2nd of May 2001), as well as the decisions allocating the frequencies for these uses ( 01-438 (pdf - 6.39 Ko) ,  01-440 (pdf - 7.65 Ko)  and  01-443 (pdf - 7.74 Ko)  dated the 2nd of May 2001) are available on the Authority Internet web site: