5G Harmonizes WAS and RLAN Uses

On July 1, 2022, the French Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications, Postal Services, and the Press launched a public consultation on the draft decision on the use of radio spectrum in the 5150-5250 MHz, 5250-5350 MHz, and 5470-5725 MHz frequency bands. This would be for the implementation of these frequency bands within the wireless access systems (WAS), including radio local area networks (RLANs). This draft decision aims to implement the European Commission’s Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/179 governing the use of 5 GHz frequency bands. The acceptance of this decision will cause the Decision 2005/513/EC to be repealed as well as a similar Decision No. 2008-0568.

The goal of the draft is to harmonize the technical conditions for the availability and efficient use of WAS/RLAN. This would include the specific uses listed below.

  • Use of the 5150-5250 MHz band indoors, including installations inside road vehicles, trains, and aircrafts with power limited to 200 mW (EIRP). Except for installations inside train carriages and road vehicles for which the power will be limited to only 40 mW.
  • Limited outdoor use of the 5150-5250 MHz band including the 5170-5250 MHz band by unmanned aircraft cysts with a power limited to 200 mW (EIRP).
  • Use of the 5250-5350 MHz band only for outdoor use with power limited to 200 mW (EIRP). Outdoor or indoor use by vehicles, trains, and aircrafts will not be permitted.
  • Use of the 5470-5725 MHz band for indoor and outdoor use with the power limited to 1W (EIRP). The use inside train carriages, road vehicles, and unmanned aircrafts will not be permitted.
  • Operation of WAS/RLAN installations in large aircrafts, including multi-engined helicopters) will be permitted until December 31, 2028 with the maximum mean EIRP for in-band emissions of 100 mW.

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