(OFCOM) License Types

If you use a radio system for your business then you will need a licence from Ofcom. Business radio users range from taxi companies and factories, to hospitals, care homes, industrial sites and transport operators.

Simple UK Light:

This licence authorises the use of hand-portable or mobile radio equipment anywhere within the UK. Base station use is not permitted. Licensees have access to fifteen frequencies spread across four Business Radio frequency bands and must self-coordinate with other Simple UK Light licensees.

Simple Site Light:

This licence authorises the use of a radio system operating a base station and mobile stations within a small area (typically 1 kilometre or less). Frequencies available under this licence class are typically used for radio paging systems. Licensees have access to a range of frequencies and must self-coordinate with other Simple Site Light licensees.

Suppliers Light:

This licence is a specialist licence for Radio Suppliers and permits them to Service and repair business radio and marine equipment, hire out business radio (including trunked business radio) and/or radio paging equipment to customers for up to one year, allocate business radio (including trunked business radio) equipment to customers awaiting Business Radio licences, for up to three months (known as ‘parking’) and demonstrate business radio (including trunked business radio) equipment to customers for up to 8 days. Licensees have access to a wide range of frequencies and must share and self-coordinate with other Suppliers Light licensees.

Technically Assigned:

This licence is a flexible licence that authorises the use of a wide variety of business radio equipment. Licensees can choose from a wide range of frequencies across all Business Radio bands and a wide range of coverage areas, from very small (e.g. in-building coverage) to very large (e.g. a county).

Area Defined:

Area Defined licences give customers exclusive use of a frequency across either a 50km2 grid square, a country, or the whole of the UK. Licence fees are calculated using a combination of frequency width, frequency range and region covered.

  • Monday, 23 July 2012