Satellite Services GURL

With this licence you can own and operate earth-based radio transmitting equipment for communications through earth-orbiting satellites without the need to get a licence in your own name or pay licence fees.

About this General User Radio Licence (GURL)

The majority of Mobile Satellite Service (MSS), Satellite News Gathering services (SNG), and Very Small Aperture Terminal satellite services (VSAT) are covered by a General User Radio Licence (GURL) for Satellite Services.

The licence you operate under is a General User Radio Licence (GURL). This means you can transmit without the need to get a licence in your own name or pay licence fees.

You share the spectrum with other people who are using the same frequency and power at the same time as you. If someone else operating within the parameters of the licence causes interference to your service, you have to accept that interference.

For the terms and conditions and operating frequencies for this GURL, see the Gazette notice(external link).

Transmissions outside the scope of the GURL must be individually licensed.

See Satellite licences for information about satellite licences you must pay for.

Licence number

You can search for this GURL licence in the Register of Radio Frequencies (RRF) under Licence number 258016(external link).

Fees

$0.00 — there's no fee for a General User Radio Licence (GURL). All fees associated with this licence are paid for by Radio Spectrum Management (RSM).

Your responsibilities

You must follow the technical parameters of the licence, which include operating within a specified frequency band up to the maximum power.

For the terms and conditions and operating frequencies for this GURL, see the Gazette notice(external link).

You must not operate in a way that causes interference to other licensed radio services.

Your equipment

Your equipment must comply with the relevant radio standards and relevant technical parameters for this licence.

Compliance labelling

If you bought your equipment in New Zealand, and it's labelled with an RSM-approved RCM mark or R-NZ label, you can start using it immediately. If it's not labelled with an RCM mark or R-NZ label, go back to your supplier and get New Zealand approved equipment.

If you bought your equipment online or overseas, you may not be able to set it up to operate on New Zealand frequencies. Go back to your supplier and ask for equipment with an approved RCM mark or R-NZ label.