ANFR threatens unlawful DECT users with jail-time

13 Sep 2013

France’s Agence Nationale des Fréquences (ANFR) has issued a statement warning residents of overseas territories Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthelemy that some Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) phones imported from the US and Canada do not meet European standards must not therefore be used. The handsets in question carry the ‘DECT 6.0’ label and utilise frequencies that have not been allocated for telecoms use in the European Union (EU), and result in interference with mobile devices. As such, anyone caught in possession of a DECT 6.0 phone by an ANFR agent will be fined EUR450 (USD598.7). Further up the food chain, the disruption of an allocated spectrum band can lead to a six month prison sentence, and a EUR30,000 fine.