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2022/01/11

Saudi Arabia CITC established new WLAN regulations which has been enforced since 2022

CITC updated the WLAN regulation with new technical conditions. According to the regulations, WLAN equipment shall be type approved by CITC prior to importation to the Kingdom and must adhere to CITC’s published technical specifications. In addition, CITC is permitting the use of specific WLAN Frequency Bands under the light licensing regime.

Saudi Arabia CITC established new WLAN regulations which has been enforced since 2022

The Saudi Arabia Regulator CITC established the document "WLAN Regulations" to replace the former version "Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN/Wi-Fi) Usage Regulations” and the new regulation entered into force as of January 1, 2022.

According to the regulations, WLAN equipment shall be type approved by CITC prior to importation to the Kingdom and needs to conform with the technical conditions specified in table below; in addition, all equipment must adhere to CITC’s published technical specifications. (Related post: Saudi Arabia CITC has updated the technical specifications of communications and information technology devices - SGS Taiwan) Users are permitted to operate WLAN equipment in allocated frequency bands on a license-exempt basis. Aside from the license-exempt use, CITC is permitting the use of WLAN Frequency Bands under the light licensing regime with more flexible technical conditions.

If CITC detects that a frequency use falls outside the terms of any authorized use, CITC will serve an enforcement notice requiring either immediate cessation of transmissions in the case of a serious deviation that could lead to harmful interference, or a correction within a given timescale for less serious deviations.

 Frequency Band (MHz)

 Environment

 Maximum Radiated PSD
 (mW/ MHz)

 Maximum EIRP
 (mW)

 2,400 – 2,483.5

 Indoor and outdoor

 10

 100

 5,150 – 5,250 (Note 1)

 Indoor

 10

 200

 5,250 – 5,350 (Note 2)

 Indoor

 10

 200

 5,470 – 5,725 (Note 3)

 Indoor and outdoor

 50

 1,000

 5,725 – 5,875

 Indoor and outdoor

 -

 25

 5,925 – 7,125 (Note 4)

 Indoor (Indoor Access point)

 10

 1,000

 Indoor (Client device)

 10

 250

 The band can be used for WLAN applications with more relaxed power restrictions under a
 lightly licensed regime subject to the light licensing regulation that will be issued by CITC.

 57,000 – 71,000

 Indoor

 200

 10,000

 The band can be used for WLAN applications with more relaxed power restrictions under a
 lightly licensed regime subject to the light licensing regulation that will be issued by CITC.

 Notes

 Note 1

 The use of WLAN applications in vehicles is restricted to 40 mW maximum EIRP.

 Note 2

 The use of WLAN applications is prohibited in vehicles, trains, and aircrafts.

 Note 3

 The use of WLAN applications is prohibited in vehicles, trains, aircrafts, and unmanned
 aircraft systems.

 Note 4

 The use of WLAN applications is prohibited in oil platforms, vehicles, trains, boats, unmanned
 aircraft systems and aircrafts, except that indoor access points are permitted to operate in
 the 5.925-6.425 GHz bands in large aircraft while flying above 10,000 feet.


 

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