Authorisation-free equipment

Some equipment can be used without authorisation. However, it must meet certain requirements: it must operate on the correct frequencies and the transmitted signal cannot be too powerful. The equipment must feature CE or FCC markings in all cases.* Examples include: WiFi equipment, bluetooth keyboards, weather stations, babyphones, etc. 

The frequencies used by this equipment are implemented for various applications. However, as the number of users increases, so does the likelihood of interference. Check out the “Interference” section to see what you can do to resolve potential interference.

Please note! Not all equipment is permitted.

The frequencies used by a particular device can be found in the user manual or on a sticker on the equipment itself.

Equipment with frequency band 902 – 928 MHz can be used in North America but is not permitted in the Caribbean Netherlands.

Band 863 – 870 MHz can be used in Europe but is not permitted in the Caribbean Netherlands.

If you decide to use such equipment anyway, you may cause interference in, for example, mobile phone networks or emergency service connections. You will be running the risk of your equipment being confiscated. The cost of this equipment will not be reimbursed.

An alternative to the bands mentioned above is, for example, band 433 MHz. Contact the Authority of Digital Infrastucture to learn about the possibilities.

The ‘Regulations for Exemption to Telecommunication Authorisation BES 2016’ identify all applications that can be used without authorisation. The most prominent have been mentioned below. For the specific frequencies used by your equipment, check out the right-hand column.


Permitted frequency bands

Cordless phones or DECT phones, intended for landline connections Appendix 1
CB equipment (Citizens Band, 27Mc) Appendix 2
Walkie-talkies PMR446 (European) and Family Radio (American) Appendix 4
Telemetry, tele-command, alarms, data in general and other such applications. For example: weather stations, wireless mice and keyboards, home automation, garage door openers, etc. Appendix 7, Cat. 1
Broadband data applications (wifi) Appendix 7, Cat. 2-3
Motion sensors and alerts Appendix 7, Cat. 5
Alarms Appendix 7, Cat. 6
Active medical implants Appendix 7, Cat. 7
Wireless audio transmission (mini FM transmitters) Appendix 7, Cat. 8
Pagers (beepers) Appendix 7, Cat. 9
Wireless audio applications (wireless headphones, microphones for people with hearing issues ) Appendix 7, Cat. 10
Remote controls Appendix 7, Cat. 11
Inductive systems Appendix 7, Cat. 12
RFID applications (anti-theft gates, etc.) Appendix 7, Cat. 13
Short Range Radar equipment Appendix 7, Cat. 14

Check out the product specifications before you decide to buy a particular product. For instance, does the product work in frequency band 902 – 928 MHz or 863 - 870MHz. If so, do not buy it. If you have doubts, contact the Authority of Digital Infrastucture .

*CE/FCC certification tests make sure that new product designs comply with established norms. Such tests are compulsory for a wide range of products that have been designed for the EU/US markets.