Open narrowcasting transmitter licences | ACMA

Open narrowcasting transmitter licences

The information applies only to transmitter licences for open narrowcasting services which are shown as available in licence area plans prepared by the ACMA and are issued by way of a price-based allocation system determined under section 106 of the Radiocommunications Act. The price-based allocation system is governed by the Radiocommunications (Issue of Broadcasting (Narrowcasting) Transmitter Licences) Determination.

  • Conditions of section 106 transmitter licences
  • Issuing a licence
  • What happens when the licensee wishes to operate a transmitter away from the nominal location?
  • Further information

Conditions of section 106 transmitter licences

The conditions which apply to these licences are set out in section 107 of the Radiocommunications Act. In summary, they include:

  • compliance with the Radiocommunications Act;
  • payment of any relevant charges and amounts of transmitter licence tax;
  • that the licensee inform anyone it authorises to operate the transmitter of their obligations to comply with the Radiocommunications Act and the transmitter licence conditions; and
  • any other conditions specified on the licence.

Other conditions specified on the licence include a set of technical conditions which service providers must comply with when planning their facilities. These include requirements regarding:

  • site restrictions and site tolerances;
  • maximum and minimum radiated power;
  • maximum field strength permitted;
  • radiated signal characteristics; and
  • test procedures to be followed when establishing transmission facilities.

Issuing a licence

The ACMA will issue a transmitter licence to a successful applicant as soon as practicable after the requirements of the Determination which governs the price-based allocation system under which licences are issued have been met and the appropriate licence fee has been paid.

The transmitter licence will be for the technical specifications of the service as set out in the relevant licence area plan. These specifications include details of the frequency, maximum effective radiated power, the site of the transmitter and any special conditions relating to the radiation pattern of the signal.

As the technical specifications have already been set out in the relevant licence area plan, in most cases they cannot be renegotiated. However, it should be noted that the technical conditions may permit the licensee to relocate the transmitter at a site other than the 'nominal location' shown on the transmitter licence.

What happens when the licensee wishes to operate a transmitter away from the nominal location?

The technical conditions set out the criteria the ACMA will use when considering whether to approve alternative sites. The ACMA has designed the criteria to ensure that use of an alternative site would not cause interference to radiocommunications services shown in the licence area plan.

To relocate the transmitter site, the licensee will need to:

  • complete necessary checks and calculations;
  • show that channel capacity in the licence area plan is not adversely affected;
  • show that use of the alternative site will not cause interference to radio communications; and
  • apply to the ACMA for a variation to the transmitter licence (using Form ACMA B12 please see further information for guides on completing this form).

Further information

Copies of the ACMA's information package, Price-based Allocation of Transmitter Licences for Open narrowcasting Services (order form), are available from the ACMA's Sydney office, price $40.

Last updated: 23 February 2016