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Public telecommunications service (PTS) licence

A PTS licence lets you operate multiple stations that form part of a public mobile network

What a PTS licence is for

A PTS licence lets you operate one or more stations to provide a public mobile telecommunications service (PMTS). 

The station communicates with individual devices in a particular area.

For example:

  • from a central office to staff working in mines
  • from a main machine to other machines

A PTS licence is an assigned licence. 

The Radiocommunications (Interpretation) Determination 2015 defines PTS licences.

Options for PTS licences

You can apply for a class B PTS licence.

We no longer give class A or class C licences.

Class B licence

A class B licence lets you operate a land station in these paired frequency ranges:

  • 825 to 845 / 870 to 890 MHz
  • 890 to 915 / 935 to 960 MHz
  • 1710 to 1785 / 1805 to 1880 MHz
  • 1920 to 1980 / 2110 to 2170 MHz

The cellular mobile telecom devices class licence sets the rules for hand-held devices that connect to the land station.

Licence conditions

When you have a PTS licence, you must follow the conditions of your licence.

These include:

These conditions help you communicate safely and without interference.

We will include information you should be aware of under the heading 'advisory notes'.

Call signs

We do not give call signs for PTS licences.


We charge fees for apparatus licences.

In some circumstances, you can apply for a licence fee exemption or concession.

Apply for a PTS licence

To apply for a PTS licence you should contact an accredited person.

They can:

  • coordinate a station
  • register the station with us
  • assign frequencies
  • help you register devices on specific frequencies

Transfer a PTS licence

You can apply to:

Get technical details

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