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Radio local area networks (Wi-Fi networks)

This measure will allow quicker and wider wireless access to the Internet. This decision makes a large part of the radio spectrum in the European Union available for radio local area networks (RLANs, more commonly known as Wi-Fi). These networks are used to provide mobile access to the Internet and to private networks.


Commission Decision 2005/513/EC of 11 July 2005 on the harmonised use of radio spectrum in the 5 GHz frequency band for the implementation of wireless access systems including radio local area networks (WAS/RLANs).


This Decision increases the possibilities for access to radio local area networks in a single, open and competitive market for wireless access systems (Wi-Fi networks).

Access to this spectrum on the basis of harmonised rules will bring down the cost of equipment and alleviate the growing overloading of the spectrum already used to this end. This will facilitate the adoption of wireless systems in both the private and public sectors, both for company networks and for hotspot access points in public places, shopping centres, hotels, etc.

Availability of frequency bands

Member States are obliged to make two specific frequency bands (5150-5350 MHz and 5470-5725 MHz) available for wireless access systems in all EU states.

Mitigation of interference

The decision introduces power limits and mitigation techniques to prevent harmful interference between radio local area networks and other users of the radio spectrum (particularly military radar and satellite services).


This decision forms part of the i2010 initiative promoting growth and employment in the digital economy.


ActEntry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal

Decision 2005/513/EC



Official Journal L 187 of 19.7.2005

Amending act(s)Entry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal

Decision 2007/90/EC



Official Journal L 41 of 13.2.2007


Commission Decision 2002/622/EC of 26 July 2002 establishing a Radio Spectrum Policy Group [Official Journal L 198 of 24.07.2002].
This decision establishes an advisory group, called the Radio Spectrum Policy Group, which is responsible for assisting and advising the Commission on radio spectrum policy issues.

Decision No 676/2002/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 7 March 2002 on a regulatory framework for radio spectrum policy in the European Community (radio spectrum Decision) [Official Journal L 108 of 24.04.2002].
This decision establishes a legal framework in the Community to harmonise and rationalise the use of radio spectrum in the EU.

Last updated: 06.07.2011

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