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New General User Radio Licence for Short Range Devices

A new edition of the General User Radio licence for Short Range Devices (GURL-SRD) has now been published.

The GURL-SRD now includes the:

  • 7.4 – 8.8 MHz frequency range for inductive systems such as radio frequency Electronic Article Surveillance
  • 174 – 230 MHz frequency range to extend VHF radio microphone usage until 30 September 2019.
  • Adjustments to the 57 – 66 GHz frequency range for Multi-Gigabit WiFi

Inductive systems at 7.4 – 8.8 MHz

The 7.4 – 8.8 MHz frequency range is permitted in Europe for inductive applications and is typically used for Radio Frequency Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) systems. EAS is a technology used for the identification of items most commonly used for security purposes preventing theft in retail stores.


VHF Radio Microphones: Authorised until 30 September 2019

We will be consulting on future uses for this frequency range before 2019 but anticipate that radio microphone usage will not be permitted in this band beyond 30 September 2019.

There is a limited range of new professional equipment that uses these frequencies. Radio microphones may not be able to co-exist with new uses without causing interference. It is recommended that users do not make new investments in equipment that only uses the 174 – 230 MHz frequency.

The UHF 502 – 606 and 622 – 698 MHz frequency ranges are available for long term radio microphone use.

60 GHz: Multi-Gigabit WiFi

The GURL-SRD includes adjustments to the 57 – 66 GHz frequency range to ensure that Multi-Gigabit WiFi and standards such as 802.11ad are permitted. The GURL-SRD has been amended to align with USA and European Standards.

Multi-Gigabit WiFi is a new technology that can deliver speeds of up 7 Gbit per second over some tens of meters.

Last updated 7 April 2015