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Ofcom has proposed to make new licence-exemption regulations to implement policy decisions regarding the use of short range devices (SRDs). SRDs include WiFi routers, smart meters and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Ofcom has previously announced decisions to make a number of changes regarding their use, which would free up more spectrum for these devices and could mean a smoother user experience.

Ofcom is now proposing to make new regulations to put these changes into effect. The proposed regulations would make the following changes:

  • expand the amount of spectrum available for Wi-Fi in the 6 GHz band and update technical requirements for WiFi routers; and
  • implement the European Commission decision to harmonise the 874 to 876 and 915 to 921 MHz spectrum bands for SRDs.

Ofcom is also consulting on proposals to:

  • make changes to the 870 to 874.4 MHz band to make it more usable by data networks; and
  • move from a licence-exempt to a licensed approach for higher power wideband transmission, such as for wireless broadband, in the 57 to 71 GHz band.

Ofcom welcomes responses to the consultation by 5 pm on 14 January 2021. To access the consultation, click here.