Hi all, I think we need to get the UK legal requirements for TTN equipment nailed down. Mark Stanley appears active with Ofcom, and Steve Kennedy is informed.
Can we get best advice summary?
Just throwing up gateways is not a sound idea.
This is what I understand from looking in fourms:
- All publicly used equipment must be CE certified - so Raspberry Pi gateways are not legal
- The controlling acts of law are:
The Radio Directive (June 2016) http://www.conformance.co.uk/adirectives/doku.php?id=rtte
- “The Directive represents a further liberalisation of the requirements for telecom products”
- “Custom built evaluation kits destined for professionals to be used solely at research and development facilities for such purposes is explicitly excluded”
- Certain equipment is specifically excluded from the Directive. These are:
- Radio equipment for radio amateurs
Wireless Telegraphy Act - forum entry by https://www.thethingsnetwork.org/forum/users/stevekennedyuk
The Wireless Telegraphy Act is stupidly punitive, and breaking it is not a good idea (can be fined or go to jail for a long time or both).
NOTE: The Act was introduced in the early 1900’s and it was easier to catch spies for having illegal radio broadcasting or receiving equipment than prove they were a spy. There’s no such thing as unlicensed spectrum in the UK, it’s all license except, which means Ofcom (the regulator) have published a Standard Instrument (which is really an Act of Parliament) which specifies the technical and usage conditions of use, if you stick to the SI you don’t need a specific license (which Ofcom would unlikely grant in ISM bands) and if you don’t you’re breaking the law. In terms of 868MHz one requirement is all equipment MUST be CE marked