Radio and network interface specifications

Radio interfaces

Radio equipment may only be used in Belgium if the technical characteristics correspond with those included in a radio interface specification (RIS) allowed in Belgium.

These technical parameters have to be complied with in order to be allowed to use the radio equipment concerned in Belgium. The RIS also contains information on the licensing scheme for the application concerned.

BIPT is in charge of issuing technical regulations on the use of radio equipment.

You will find the radio interfaces list below:

  • A: Landmobile
  • B: Short-range equipment
  • C: Maritime equipment
  • D: CB + PMR446 + Amateur
  • E: Radio relay link equipment
  • F: Broadcasting
  • G: Cordless telephones
  • H: Intercom and/or interphony systems
  • I: Intelligent Transport Systems
  • J: Aeronautics equipment
  • K: Satellite systems
  • L Meteorology

Contact point:

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BIPT – Notifications Department
Ellipse Building - C Building
Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 35
1030 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 226 87 08
Fax: +32 (0) 2 223 11 28

Network interface

The R&TTE directive can only function correctly if manufacturers of equipment are given the opportunity to manufacture devices which are adapted to the network interfaces offered by the operators providing electronic communications services.

By virtue of the R&TTE directive operators of public telecommunications networks are obliged to publish the exact and appropriate specifications of the interfaces offered to the general public.

Operators have to deliver a copy of their interface specifications to the Institute.

Manufacturers can only manufacture terminal telecommunications equipment if they know all (technical) features of the network interfaces that are available to the operators providing public electronic communications services.

In accordance with Article 4.2 of the R&TTE Directive Member States have to see to it that these operators publish and regularly update the exact and appropriate technical specifications of the interfaces offered to the public. This has to be done before the general public is granted access to the services that are provided through these interfaces.

Operators are obliged to ensure that the interface specifications are made readily available to the manufacturers and the general public, typically a user or installer.

The specifications have to be sufficiently detailed to enable the development of terminal telecommunications equipment with which all services provided through the corresponding interface can be used. Consequently, the obligation to publish not only applies to the operators who have their own physical interface for the users, but also to the providers of some services.

For the sake of clarity, this obligation applies both to the interfaces of fixed public telecommunications networks and interfaces of public mobile radio telecommunications networks (e.g. GSM).

This obligation also applies when an operator changes some of the characteristics of his interface. Therefore operators are obliged to regularly update their specifications so that they always remain up-to-date.

In consequence operators have to deliver a copy of these modifications to their interface specifications to BIPT.

Legal basis : Article 38 of the Electronic Communications Act of 13 June 2005

The European Commission has published explanatory documents regarding the network interface specifications. These can be found here.