Equipment previously available carries a high risk of interference to other broadcast services. However, in response to consumer demand Ofcom has led negotiations in Europe to develop a harmonised technical approach designed to limit the potential of interference to other wireless devices.
The regulations will also remove the need for a Citizens’ Band radio licence, reducing the administrative and cost burden for around 20,000 licensees using these short-range transmitters.
However only Equipment carrying the CE mark, indicating approval for sale in the European Union, will be allowed. Any other equipment not carring this mark will remain illegal.