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Thomas Gee reports that the middle 5 GHz band can be used outdoors in France: This was much awaited because there is a lot of existing equipment and new interest in directional use of the 5 GHz band for point-to-multipoint links. BelAir, SkyPilot, and Strix, to name three companies, use 5 GHz for their mesh backhaul systems in the U.S. The new rules allow up to 1 watt EIRP (effective output) for the 5.470 to 5.725 GHz range.
The enormous shopping center abjures ad hoc wireless policy: The operator of Meadowhall (Sheffield, England) has hired an outside group to develop a set of policies to provide guidance to businesses running wireless networks so they can avoid interference.
This wouldn’t fly in the U.S., where the FCC ruled earlier this year that landlords lack the authority to regulate the unlicensed bands—only the FCC has that authority. However, airport authorities continue to challenge that policy statement, notably in Boston.
Esme Vos writes about the European Union’s decision to add 5 GHz spectrum for unlicensed use: The U.S. has had hundreds of megahertz in 5 GHz reserved for some time, but international interest in 5 GHz has been all over the place because of existing uses and other concerns. The EU will make about 450 MHz available now; member countries must implement these rules by October.
The press release on the announcement notes the use of the same kinds of rules that the US has imposed on the middle 5 GHz chunk. Any unlicensed 5 GHz gear for indoor or outdoor use on any of the spectrum in the EU decision and that middle band in the US must use techniques to sidestep radar use by the military and government agencies. Since radar use is intermittent and in fixed locations around the country (typically), this doesn’t impinge much on the use of these bands.