Radio Licencing – Ofcom
If you use a radio system for your business, you will need to acquire an Ofcom radio licence from Ofcom.
Ofcom is the Licencing Authority in the UK which regulates the use of radios nationwide.
Prior to buying radios we will always ensure that customers have the correct licence in place. We offer an application service for new customers and an ongoing renewal service for existing licence holders.
There are four main types of licences which we have detailed below.
What type of licence do I need?
Simple Site Light
Uses include localised voice and paging systems for sites using a base station and antenna. Return messages cannot be sent to the base station. The coverage area is required to be within the premises or perimeter of a local site, completely under the control of the licensee such as factories, nursing homes and housing associations. Licensees (or in practice their suppliers) choose from a range of frequencies shared with other users of this type of licence. Typical distance covered is up to three kilometres. Cost: £75 for five years.
For customers who wish to have a particular frequency assigned to them within a stated coverage area (x km around a National Grid Reference which will be shown on the licence), typical users include transport such as buses and taxis, energy suppliers, shopping precincts and factories. Can use either a base station or handheld to handheld. Coverage can range from one to one hundred kilometres depending on the customer’s requirement. Cost is based on location and the number of frequencies and ranges from £75 to £1480.
Simple UK Light
These systems transmit speech messages from handheld to handheld radio communication, anywhere in the UK, without the need for a base station. Users have shared access to a set number of frequencies and signalling tones along with all other customers who hold a Simple UK Light licence. The cost: is £75 for five years.
An Area Defined licence allows you exclusive use of a frequency within a defined area. This area can encompass a 50km2 map square, a country or you can choose to operate the frequency across the United Kingdom. Cost is based on the area you wish to cover and your choice of frequency and range from £75 for operation within a map square to £9900 for UK wide operation of a 12.5kHz duplex.
Procom offer a license management facility for an administration fee of £25.00 for the term of the license, this includes applying for the license on your behalf, updating and amending any details and processing any renewals.