Transfer a spectrum licence
You can transfer a spectrum licence anytime in the Register of Radio Frequencies (RRF).
About spectrum licence transfers
Spectrum licences are held in a Crown or Privately-owned 'Management Right'. The Management Right covers a block of the radio spectrum and is owned by a 'Manager.' The Manager can grant spectrum licence frequencies within the band to a 'Rightholder' (Licence holder).
To transfer a spectrum licence:
- the Rightholder always initiate the process, and
- the Manager approves or declines the transfer.
If a spectrum licence falls across more than one Management Right, all Managers’ will get an email to authorise the transfer.
A spectrum licence transfer is not valid until the Form 9 is registered in the RRF. This means the new rightholder can't start broadcasting until the licence registration commences.
If you don't authorise the Form 9 transfer within 1 month, it will be automatically discarded.
If the transfer is not needed, the Form 9 can be:
- discarded by the Rightholder
- declined by the Manager.