Consumers will be protected from being sold wireless microphones or audio devices that cannot be used in Australia when changes to regulations come into effect on 1 January 2015.
From 1 January 2014, it will be illegal for suppliers to import or manufacture wireless microphones that operate in the 694-820 megahertz (MHz) frequency range.
This measure, a year in advance, is necessary because it will be illegal from 1 January 2015 to operate wireless microphones in this frequency range. This frequency will be used to deliver 4G services to meet Australia’s growing demand for faster, greater coverage mobile broadband services.
Many community groups and small businesses use wireless microphones in their day-to-day work, including school, theatres, gyms and places of worship.
‘The ACMA has revised regulations and has made available a range of resources to assist users to understand the changes and what they can do to prepare,’ said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman.
Last month, the ACMA revised regulations to require suppliers importing or manufacturing wireless microphone using this range to include a warning label to alert buyers that it will be illegal to use it after 31 December 2014.
‘The ACMA strongly commends the action taken to date by many of the major suppliers who have already stopped supplying such devices into the Australia market,’ Mr Chapman said.
‘People should check their existing equipment now to make sure that they can continue to use it after 31 December 2014,’ he added. ‘Otherwise, contact your supplier to see if you can retune the equipment so it uses a different frequency range. Anyone considering buying a new wireless microphone should make sure it doesn’t operate in the 694–820 MHz range.’
The ACMA has published a series of factsheets targeted to community groups and small businesses , professional users and suppliers.
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Media release 71/2013 - 1 October