The Wireless Telegraphy Regulations 2012

The Wireless Telegraphy (Control of Interference from Apparatus) (the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games) Regulations 2012 will regulate the intensity of the electromagnetic energy at which electrical and electronic apparatus operates such that it does not cause undue interference with wireless telegraphy apparatus used for public safety purposes within a specified protection area for the duration of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

They will come into force in July 2012 prior to the commencement of the Games. Copies of the Regulations will be available via www.legislation.gov.uk.

In particular, the Regulations require that between 26 July 2012 and 10 September 2012 apparatus in use must operate at a sufficiently low intensity of electromagnetic energy such that it does not cause undue interference with wireless telegraphy apparatus used for public safety purposes within a protection area. A protection area is defined as one of the areas named in the Schedule to the Regulations and as having a centre point at a specified location (expressed by latitude and longitude coordinates in the Schedule) and a radius of the distance specified in the same Schedule.

Before deciding to make the Regulations, in accordance with the requirements of section 122(4) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006  Ofcom published a Notice setting out a proposal to make them, on 25 April 2012. It also contained a draft of the proposed Regulations and invited comments from stakeholders on whether the Proposed Regulations correctly gave effect to the policy proposals referred to in the Notice.

Ofcom received nine responses (two confidential and seven non-confidential) to the Notice. In accordance with section 122(4)(c) of the Act, Ofcom has considered these responses. After doing so, and for the reasons set out below, Ofcom has decided to adopt the Regulations as proposed (subject to some minor amendments, the details of which can be found by following the link below.