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Low-power FM legal for Xmas

Certain types of low-power FM transmitters for personal use are to be legal in time for Christmas, Ofcom has announced today.

The devices are already on sale in major high street stores, in anticipation of the news from Ofcom to legalise the product.

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 FM transmitters that meet these specifications, and which will be legal to use in the UK, will carry a CE mark indicating approval for sale in the European Union. Their use will be legalised under the Wireless Telegraphy (Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 which come into effect on 8 December. The regulations set out the technical specifications for FM transmitters.

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