What you need to know

You must contact an approved Approved Radio Engineer (ARE) or Approved Radio Certifier (ARC) to apply for a licence on your behalf.

Fixed systems can be uni-directional or bi-directional. There are a number of bands you can assign to fixed services — ranging from VHF to EHF frequencies. The band used will depend on the distance of the link coverage, purpose of the link, and data rate.

Telemetry and telecommand licences are used for data sending, remote monitoring, data recording or control on a shared basis with other users.


$150.00 per year, per link (uni-directional)

$300.00 per year, per link (bi-directional)

$150.00 per year, per point to multi-point system (uni-directional)

$150.00 per year, per transmitter of a point to multi-point system (bi-directional)

Additional costs:

An engineering fee, agreed between you and your ARC/ARE.

Point to multi-point systems

Some fixed service bands — like the J and L bands — allow you to licence point to multi-point (P-MP) systems. If the system is bi-directional, you'll pay for each transmitter that makes up the overall P-MP system. Only one licence fee applies to a uni-directional P-MP system.

You have protection from interference from other radio transmitters.

With this licence you must:

Follow the technical parameters of the licence crafted for you. This includes operating:

  • on a specific frequency
  • up to a maximum power
  • from a defined transmitting location to a defined receiving location.

Pay an annual fee the keep your licence current.

Not operate in a way that causes interference to other radio services.

Your equipment:

Must be compliant with the relevant radio standards and technical parameters for this licence. The standards are in place to ensure your equipment is technically efficient and will work well with other fixed services in New Zealand.

If your equipment is not labelled with an RCM mark or R-NZ label, go back to your supplier and get New Zealand-approved equipment.

The Radio Standards and EMC Standards Gazette Notices have more information about how equipment must comply.

Product compliance Gazette Notices

General User Radio Licence for Fixed Radio Links

If your fixed link is in the frequency range 5725 MHz to 5825 MHz, you may be covered by the General User Radio Licence for Fixed Radio Links.


  1. Once your the licence is certified you’ll get an email

    • Follow the instructions in the email to confirm your licence.
    • Make payment if requested.
  2. You’ll receive a further email, confirming that your licence has been granted.

    This contains important information that you need to know about transmitting on your new licence.

  3. Set up your equipment at the location(s) on your licence.

  4. Start transmitting from the commencement date on your licence.