Global Wireless LAN Policies

Editor’s Note:

 

The following information was adapted from the ITU World Telecommunication Regulatory database.  This information first appeared in ITU Trends in Telecommunications Reform – 2004/05:  Licensing in an Era of Convergence (Geneva:  ITU, 2004).

 

 

In the 2004 ITU World Telecommunication Regulatory survey, countries were asked if they had put in place any particular policies for wireless LANs (including Wi-Fi networks). The list below highlights selected national policies on Wireless LANs.

 

Country

Position

Colombia

Free use of Wireless LAN technologies.

El Salvador

Free use as long as systems are within power and coverage limitations.

India

De-licensed use of 2.4GHz for “indoor” use and for low power “outdoor” use on a non-protection, non-interference and non-exclusive basis.

Jamaica

Once wireless LAN service is offered to the public, licensing is required

Lithuania

Frequencies for wireless LAN networks are licence exempt

Malaysia

Wireless LAN is licensed according to the type of service offered.

Malta

WiFi use is licence exempt

New Zealand

General user licences allow any person to establish a Wireless LAN

Pakistan

Indoor and residential use of wireless LAN does not require permission from the regulatory authority.

South Africa

WiFi use is presently limited to a person’s premises

Togo

Approved for use by ISPs.

 

 

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