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September 12, 2016 14:35

Please don't make the common mistake, there is NO such thing as unlicensed spectrum in the UK. Bands like 433MHz, 868MHz, 2.4GHz are license exempt. This means if you stick to the license published by Ofcom (in a Standard Instrument - i.e. an Act of Parliament), you don't need a specific license (which you would be very unlikely to get in license except bands).

Generally the SI contains a list of technical requirements such as channel size, max power (ERP or EIRP) etc. Also the requirement may be that all equipment is CE marked. There are variances for running tech trials (such as in 868MHz, however systems must not be more than 300m apart). It is possible to get a test license from Ofcom to do more realistic testing in real world environments and these cost around £50 (maybe per piece of equipment).

Non compliance is a criminal offence and Ofcom can prosecute (usually when something is interfering with some other user) and the Wireless Telegraphy Act is hugely punitive compared to the offence.

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