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Repeaters – The European regulations

To get an improved indoors coverage for GSM, 3G/UMTS and 4G/LTE usually means that a repeater (booster) must be installed. So what rules apply?

R&TTE/RTTE Directive 1999/5/EC (RTTE) – Sales and use of radio transmitters in the EU/EFTA countries is permitted, but provided that they are CE and RoHS certified. EU applies the "Cassis de Dijon" principle, meaning that a product lawfully marketed in one EU country can freely be sold in other countries. Sales, CE marking and the use of radio transmitters for telecommunications in the EU/EFTA countries are governed by the RTTE Directive. HIPS repeaters are ROHS and CE certified in accordance with EU legislation. This CE certification means that the extensive testing performed to ensure that limits are not exceeded the current interference, radiation, and also that the amplifiers harmonize with the specifications required by 1999/5/EC. 

Right to connect repeaters - A central concept in the European Union (EU) is internal market and free movement of goods, services, persons and capital. More specific rules are contained in EU legislation, such as directives and regulations, as the EU institutions decided. National laws and regulations are naturally harmonized with EU treaties, and one of these directives RTTE Directive, as mentioned earlier.
“Right to connect” of radio equipment is clearly defined in the RTTE Directive and as an example
Article 7.1 states: "Member states shall allow the putting into service of apparatus for its intended purpose where it complies with the appropriate essential requirements Identified in Article 3 and the other relevant provisions of this directive".
Article 2 defines "Apparatus". In case the denial of right to connect to happen so would be treated by the EU Commission in accordance with
Article 7.4. Our view is that the RTTE Directive is clearly written but different EU countries been interpreted the Directive in different ways.


Links to some regulatory agencies:
UK:                  licensing.ofcom.org.uk
Sweden:           www.pts.se
Denmark:         en.itst.dk
Norway:           www.npt.no
Finland:            www.ficora.fi
Germany:         www.bundesnetzagentur.de
Spain:              www.cmt.es
France:             www.arcep.fr