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Spectrum licences

Spectrum licences are granted by the owner of a management right and are typically:

  • assigned for a defined period of time.

  • non-specific to equipment or transmission methods.

  • prescribe an envelope within which the licence holder is free to operate at his or her discretion.

There are three types of spectrum licences.

The most common type is a licence to transmit radio waves and to have no interference. These grant the right to transmit on a specified frequency and the right to stop other people from transmitting interfering signals on the same frequency.

The other two spectrum licence types are:

  • licences to have no interference on a specified frequency

  • licences to transmit emissions without protection from interference.

Examples of spectrum licences are:

  • Broadcasting licences (FM, AM, digital television)

  • 3G and 4G cellular licences

  • Managed Spectrum Park Licences.


Occasionally test licenses may be issued in Crown Management rights according to published policy.

Spectrum licences are valid only once they have been registered in the Register of Radio Frequencies.


Last updated 8 December 2014