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Saudi Arabia CITC - Update WLAN Regulations

January, 2022

The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) of Saudi Arabia has published the WLAN Regulations on January 1, 2022. This document is now in effect and replaces the Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN/Wi-Fi) Usage Regulations.

According to the regulations, WLAN equipment shall be type approved by CITC prior to importation and needs to conform with the technical conditions specified in table below. All equipment must comply to CITC’s published technical specifications. 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 finds out that a frequency use falls outside the terms of the authorized bands, CITC will serve an enforcement notice requiring either immediate termination 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.

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