Japanese authorities consider ''taxing'' UHF RFID

July 31, 2004

Japanese Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications (Soumu-Sho) is currently working on new fee structure for radio frequency uses. On Friday, they said the following technologies would not be "taxed".

- Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11 b/g/a)
- Bluetooth
- Microwave
- ETC (Electronic Toll Collection)
- RFID readers and tags using 2.4GHz and 13.56MHz bands

But they also revealed that they are considering "taxing" the following technologies:
- RFID readers using the 950MHz - 956MHz band (In Japan, this frequency band will likely be available for RFID systems next spring).
- Information appliances using the 5GHz band

Source: Nikke Communication, July 30 (in Japanese)
Nikke Computer, July 30 (in Japanese)
InternetWatch, July 30 (in Japanese)

Cross-posted from RFID in Japan

Posted by konomi

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