PMR446 Liberalisation

Ofcom has decided to amend the existing Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 licence exemption criteria for some wireless devices 

The follows regular Ofcom reviews and reflects technical developments. In particular, the amendments include some minor changes to the existing exemption criteria for the following devices:

  • Personal Mobile Radio (PMR) 446: liberalising the use of this band (446.0 to 446.2 MHz) by removing analogue and digital demarcations from the frequency bands;
  • Railway Level Crossing Radar: replacing the current ‘exclusion zones’ surrounding Radio Astronomy sites with ‘coordination zones’; and
  • Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) equipment: reclassifying the technical requirements, currently classed as Cordless Telephony, to Short Range Devices.

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