New benchmark on the regulation of Wi-Fi bands in Europe 25 October 21 Dieter Kronegger

A new benchmark on the regulation of Wi-Fi bands shows that European countries generally allow Wi-Fi in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands under the same harmonised technical conditions. The situation is different in the 6 GHz and 60 GHz frequency bands.

Only seven out of 21 countries analysed have already opened the 5945–6425 MHz band for Wi-Fi. A European Commission decision of June 2021 requires all EU member states to open the band by 1 December 2021.

In the 60 GHz band, all countries allow at least indoor Wi-Fi in the narrower 57–66 GHz band. A European Commission decision of 2019 widened this band to 57–71 GHz and also defined power limits for outdoor use. Only 15 of the 21 countries have already implemented these newer rules.


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