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RE: FRANCE LEGALIZES BLUETOOTH

From: Austin Bill-P23393 <Bill.Austin@motorola.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 11:30:23 -0700
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As recently as June 30, 2000 the date for this was January 2003.  

A little more detail is given below.

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The prospect to see the deployment in France of Bluetooth technology, which
allows wireless connectivity between computers and peripheral devices, has
now been realized.

The administrative council of the National Frequency Agency (ANFR) approved,
at its July 6th meeting, the conditions necessary to introduce Bluetooth
technology into the 2400-2483.5 MHz band, as was requested by the
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ART).

This frequency band, and the whole of the spectrum from 1-3 GHz, has been
the object of intense planning for many years among all of the
administrations and authorities concerned with spectrum planning.  This
extends even to the national level where the ANFR has worked with other
members of CEPT countries on the harmonization of this spectrum.

Among the things which are envisioned as part of this larger band, and which
will profit by the allowance of Bluetooth services, two major developments
must be mentioned.  These developments were made possible by the action of
France and the European countries at the recent World Radio Conference 2000,
organized by the ITU and attended by 160 countries from around the world:

	The identification of a band of frequencies for the global
introduction of IMT-2000 services (called UMTS in Europe).

	The opening of spectrum for radionavigation by satellites, paving
the way for the introduction of the European project Galileo.

The commercial introduction of Bluetooth services beginning on January 1,
2001 into the frequency band 2400-2483.5 MHz is made possible by the
proposal of the Defense Minister to relocate certain applications currently
occupying that band into the 2025-2110 MHz and 2200-2290 MHz bands.  This
relocation will also guarantee the protection of the services, most notably
space services, currently occupying these target bands.

The detailed conditions of this spectrum management decision will be
described in an agreement concluded between the administrators and
authorities directly affected.  This agreement, once registered at ANFR,
will be reflected into the national Table of frequency allocations, the
official document generated by the ANFR, and appended to a resolution from
the Prime Minister.

The ANFR operates under the authority of the law No. 96-659 from July 26,
1996 governing telecommunications regulation and by the decree No. 96-1178
of December 27, 1996.  The ANFR prepares and submits for the approval of the
Prime Minister the allocation of frequency bands into categories as defined
by the ITU, and between affected administrations and authorities.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lisa LaNell Mauldin [mailto:lisamauldin@earthlink.net]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2000 10:34 AM
> To: www-mobile@w3.org
> Subject: FRANCE LEGALIZES BLUETOOTH
> 
> 
> FRANCE LEGALIZES BLUETOOTH
> Bowing to market pressures, France's National Agency of Radio 
> Frequencies
> (ANFR) has lifted a controversial ban on electronic devices containing
> Bluetooth wireless communications technology. The radio 
> spectrum used by
> Bluetooth conflicted with the band used for French military 
> communications,
> which ranges from 2.446 GHz to 2.483 GHz. The act takes 
> effect January 1,
> some months after Bluetooth products will begin appearing on 
> the market.
> (ZDNN 17 Jul 2000)
> http://www.msnbc.com/news/434014.asp
>  
> 
Received on Tuesday, 18 July 2000 14:30:36 UTC

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