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France: Public consultation on the use of radio spectrum in the frequency bands 5150-5250 MHz, 5250-5350 MHz and 5470-5725 MHz for the implementation of wireless access systems, including radio local area networks
August 30, 2022

In July, ARCEP opened the public consultation that aims to implement the decision (EU) 2022/179 in France. This revised regulatory framework for WAS/RLAN establishes harmonized technical conditions for several use cases that includes but is not limited to:

– Use of the 5150-5250 MHz band indoors including installations inside road vehicles, trains and aircraft with power limited to 200 mW (eirp), except for installations inside train wagons and for installations inside road vehicles for which the power is limited to 40 mW. 

– Limited outdoor use of the 5150-5250 MHz band including use of the 5170-5250 MHz band by unmanned aircraft systems (max 200 mW);

– use of the 5250-5350 MHz band only inside buildings with power limited to 200 mW (eirp). Outdoor or indoor use of vehicles, trains and aircraft is not permitted.

– use of the 5470-5725 MHz band indoors and outdoors with power limited to 1 W(worst). Use inside train carriages or road vehicles as well as for drones is not permitted.

​​This public consultation is open until August 30, 2022 at 6 p.m. Contributions must be sent to Arcep, preferably by e-mail, specifying the subject “Response to the public consultation: RLAN 5 GHz” to the following address:

The proposal for this public consultation was in line with the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/179 of 8 February 2022.

Type Approval impacted: No
Spectrum Impacted: 5GHz for WAS/RLAN
Imports Impacted: No
Standards Impacted: Limits for 5GHz bands for WAS/RLAN
Product Impact: Modems, Gateways, Access Points