Ofcom License

Ofcom Licensing

Your legal requirements

An Ofcom licence is legally required to operate any communication system. These licenses are acquired, monitored and regulated by the Office of Communications (Ofcom).

There are various types available depending on the complexity or simplicity of your radio system. An outline of these can be seen below:

Simple Site Light Ofcom licence

Simple Site Light Ofcom licence is used, among others, for localised voice and paging systems within a defined area using a base station and antenna. Covering up to three kilometres these frequencies are low power for more security.

Cost: £75.00 + £25 admin fee for 5 years

Simple UK Light Ofcom licenses (a.k.a. UK General)

Simple UK Light Ofcom licenses (a.k.a. UK General) are used widely throughout the UK due to their versatility and cost-effectiveness. This type of licence is most commonly used for basic two-way radio communications, allowing for full power back to back transmission across handheld devices without the need for a base station.

Users will be given a shared selection of frequencies and signalling tones in which the radio channels can be allocated, allowing the radios to be used anywhere within the UK. Suits smaller sites where repeaters are not needed for coverage.

Cost: £75 + £25 admin fee for 5 years

Technically Assigned Ofcom licenses

Technically Assigned Ofcom licenses are for those who wish to have an individual frequency assigned to them within a designated coverage area around a national grid reference, ranging from 1km to 100km.

These licenses are often used in conjunction with repeater/antenna systems, but can also be used for back to back communications. Most suitable for large sites or companies who wish to have a private frequency.

Cost: £75.00 to £1,480.00 + £25 admin fee for 1 year, based on location & number of frequencies etc.

Area Defined Ofcom licenses

Area Defined Ofcom licenses allow for exclusive use of a particular frequency within a defined area. This can encompass a 50km map square, country or the whole of the UK.

Cost: £75.00 to £9,900.00 + £25 admin fee for 1 year based upon frequency, range and area covered

Apply for an Ofcom Licence

To find out more about Ofcom License and how Apex can help, speak to our team today on 0191 228 0466 or click on the button below to complete the application form.

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