5 GHz spectrum (WLAN)

The figure below provides a simplified overview of WLAN in the 5 GHz band. WLAN is also used in the 2.4 GHz-band.

5 GHz

(EN 301 893, e.g. IEEE 802.11a/n/ac)

overview 5 GHz

Power in EIRP (Equivalent isotropically radiated power)

Typical WLAN devices support the channels 36 (5.18 GHz), 40 (5.20 GHz), 44 (5.22 GHz) and 48 (5.24 GHz); some devices also support the channels 100 (5.50 GHz) 104 (5.52 GHz) 108 (5.54 GHz), 112 (5.56 GHz), 116 (5.58 GHz), 120 (5.60 GHz), 124 (5.62 GHz), 128 (5.64 GHz), 132 (5.66 GHz), 136 (5.68 GHz) and 140 (5.70 GHz).


WLAN devices for the 5470–5725 MHz frequency band which comply with the current Commission Decision on harmonisation of the radio spectrum for use by short-range devices (SRD Decision) are harmonised Class 1 devices of Subclass 54 as defined in the RTTE Directive (Directive 1999/5/EC, implemented in the Austrian Federal Act on Radio Systems and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment [FTEG]). These devices do not require notification under Article 6.4, and their operation is not subject to any special technical or administrative requirements. Moreover, a "call sign" is not required in the CE marking for these devices.

As long as a WLAN hotspot is not offered to 3rd parties on a commercial basis, there is no obligation to notify the services to the regulatory authority (general authorization pursuant to §15 TKG 2003, AGG).


Contact: Addresses of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology

Last update: January 24, 2012

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ContentsFile name
Information of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technologybmvit-info-052010en.pdf
Commission Recommendation of 20 March 2003 on the harmonisation of the provision of public R-LAN access to public electronic communications networks and services in the Community2003_203_EC_en.pdf
Commission Decision of 11 July 2005 on the harmonised use of radio spectrum in the 5 GHz frequency band2005_513_EC_en.pdf
Commission Decision of 12 February 2007 amending Decision 2005/513/EC 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) 2007_90_EC_en.pdf
Commission Decision of 13 May 2009 amending Decision 2006/771/EC on harmonisation of the radio spectrum for use by short-range devices2009_381_EC_en.pdf

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