Stopping of sales for Wi-Fi products in Germany blocked

yesterday the Bundestag adopted the radio system law (FUAG). It replaced previously applicable Act on radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment (FTEG) and to the radio equipment directive (RED) implement the EU directive into national law. The step chaos in the market for Wi-Fi products was feared until yesterday a real have been. That was avoided, but now at least for Germany with a short notice tabled amendments. “

 VoIP router Lancom 1783VA-4G (image: Lancom).

the decisive set in the adopted Bill (PDF) is “radio systems, which comply with existing standards, may even after the 12 June 2017 until brought to the publication of current harmonised standards on the market.” That’s reassuring for users for the manufacturer, but a true salvation. Ralf Koenzen, founder and managing partner of LANCOM Systems, comments on a blog about : “so that the Federal Government has kept their word and averted the impending cutoff for wireless products for Germany. All radio products – including WiFi and LTE devices – are still as usual available after June 12. You turn inestimable damage to manufacturers, trade and users.”

stay now just have to hope that the EU Commission also steers in time. However, it is questionable whether that actually understands the problem fully. statement from Brussels be it significant doubts.

the RED among the uniform and efficient use of the available radio spectrum in the EU is to make sure. This implementation requires that, before new norms and standards are adopted. And so in good time before that manufacturers have also opportunity to check whether their products conform to them and they may snap to them.

 Ralf Koenzen, Managing Director of the German network manufacturer Lancom (image: Lancom) Ralf Koenzen, Managing Director of the German network manufacturer Lancom, is relieved of the version adopted by the Bundestag of FUAG (image: Lancom)

However the relevant standardization bodies were commissioned by the European Commission until mid-2015 , to revise the relevant standards. Less than two years but for technical standardization committees has a very tight time. Therefore, in December 2016, about 80 standards were unaudited. The completion of the audit process for some of them is not until 2018.

so it would be impossible manufacturers for months, to bring new products to the trade. Finally, the manufacturer can not check whether their products are standards-compliant if they do not know the requirements of the standards. It was even feared that older products should be recalled.

for Germany this horror scenario is now averted. Now they fear the manufacturer for other countries. You now hope that the EU has relented and an end of 2016 collected Digitaleurope call European umbrella organisation of IT associations, gives to the. He asked for an extension of the Commission.

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