ETSI EN 302 208 v3.3.0, “Radio Frequency Identification Equipment operating in the band 865 MHz to 868 MHz with power levels up to 2 W and in the band 915 MHz to 921 MHz with power levels up to 4 W, Harmonized Standard for access to radio spectrum,” was revised May 2020.
The frequency usage conditions for RFID are EU wide harmonized in the band 865 MHz to 868 MHz according to “Commission implementing Decision (EU) 2017/1483 of 8 August 2017 amending Decision 2006/771/EC on harmonization of the radio spectrum for use by short-range devices and repealing Decision 2006/804/EC” and in the band 915 MHz to 921 MHz according to “Commission implementing Decision (EU) 2018/1538 of 11 October 2018 on the harmonization of radio spectrum for use by short-range devices within the 874-876 and 915-921 MHz frequency bands.” According to this later decision EU member states are requested to implement 3 channels only in the 915 MHz to 921 MHz band.
The frequency band 915 MHz to 921 MHz has only a limited implementation status within the European Union and the CEPT countries. The following table summarizes Impinj’s understanding of country acceptance as of May 2020. Impinj recommends contacting the country’s communications ministry for confirmation.
|Status||EU Member States||CEPT Countries|
Bulgaria, Belgium (lower 2 channels), Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia
With license: Austria, Belgium (upper 2 channels), Greece, Lithuania, Sweden
|Belarus (lower 2 channels), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, North Macedonia (lower 2 channels), Montenegro (lower 2 channels), Moldova (lower 2 channels), Norway, Switzerland (lower 2 channels), United Kingdom|
|Not Accepting||Germany, Netherlands||Monaco|
|Decision Pending||France, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, Spain||Albania, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican|
Impinj expects those countries listed as “decision pending” will accept upper band operation.
Countries “accepted with license” require the system operator to obtain approval from their local communications ministry before deploying a 915 MHz to 921 MHz system at a specific site. Operation is permitted after obtaining the site license.