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Options for fixed licences

There are 10 options for fixed licences. A fixed licence lets you operate a station that stays in one place. It communicates with one or more stations that also stay in one place

Point to point

This licence option allows 2 fixed stations to communicate with each other.

You must apply for a separate licence for each transmitter.

We also include studio transmitter links in this licence option.

Apply for a point to point licence.

Point to point (5.8 GHz band)

This licence is for fixed links (up to 200 watts EIRP) operating in regional and remote areas and in the frequency range 5.725 to 5.825 GHz.

Apply for a point to point (5.8 GHz band) licence.

Frequencies you can use

Under this licence option, you can only use the 20 MHz bandwidth at the 5.745 and 5.785 GHz central frequencies.

Where your transmitters can be located

We will only licence a transmitter if it's located:

  • outside an area that has medium to high population density 
  • 20km or more from the centre of a regional city with more than 20,000 people
  • outside exclusion zones for Defence areas

Power and antenna requirements

EIRP cannot exceed 200W.

Transmitter output power cannot exceed 1W.

A directional antenna would need a gain of 23 dBi to:

  • achieve the maximum allowed EIRP of 200W
  • not exceed 1W output power

3 dB antenna beamwidth of transmitters are restricted to +/- 5.5° in the horizontal plane.

Number of transmitters you can have at one site

You cannot have more than 3 point to point stations at one site. 

Point to point (self-coordinated) stations

A point to point (self-coordinated) station operates within these frequency ranges:

  • 57.1 GHz to 58.9 GHz
  • 71.125 GHz to 75.785 GHz
  • 81.125 GHz to 85.785 GHz

You can find technical information about this licence in point to point (self-coordinated) stations.

Apply for a point to point (self-coordinated) stations licence.

Point to multipoint

A point to multipoint station allows communication between:

  • a station at a fixed point (the base station)
  • more than one other station (remote stations)

This includes:

  • remote control stations
  • supplementary base stations

You can only operate in the area specified on your licence.

Under this licence type, we don't normally assign frequencies. This means you may get interference unless you ask us for protection from interference.

Because we don't assign frequencies, we don't normally record the location of the stations.

Apply for a point to multipoint licence.

Broadband Wireless Access (BWA)

We have made these frequency bands available for BWA in rural areas:

  • 1900 to 1920 MHz
  • 2010 to 2025 MHz

These bands are not available in some areas.

Embargo 38 rules apply to the frequency band 2010 to 2025 MHz.

You can find technical information about BWA in RALI FX 19.

Ask us for protection from interference

To protect your remote station from interference, you will need:

  • a licence within spectrum that we allocate for point to point stations
  • a licence for its base station

We then create 2 spectrum access records:

  • one for the location of the (protected) remote station
  • one for the location of the base station

Both the remote station and base station must use the allocated spectrum.

You must pay an extra fee to protect a remote station. This is on top of the standard licence fee.

Distance education providers

Distance education services use this licence type.

The licence permits:

  • the point as the base station (the service provider)
  • the multipoint as the remote stations (the students)

To allow your students to operate under your licence, you must let someone else use your licence.

Point to multipoint system

This licence option lets you communicate from a fixed base station to any number of:

  • associated remote stations
  • supplementary base stations
  • remote control stations

We issue one spectrum access with a specified:

  • frequency
  • bandwidth
  • coverage area

Calculate your coverage area

On your licence you will see a centre point. We use this to calculate your coverage area. Your stations can be located anywhere in that coverage area.

All stations must operate:

  • in the coverage area specified on the licence
  • on the same frequency or frequency pairs
  • without interference protection

You must be careful not to cause harmful interference to other radio services.

Apply for a point to multipoint system licence.

Sound outside broadcast (SOB) station

This licence option allows you to broadcast an event. It is a temporary licence.

The licence allows for short term fixed links. These make it possible to broadcast an event that is not near the broadcasting studio.

Apply for an SOB station licence.

Television outside broadcast (TOB) services

This licence option allows you to broadcast an event on TV. It is a temporary licence.

There are 3 licence options:

  • Television outside broadcast for one transmitter on one frequency in a specific area
  • Television outside broadcast system for unlimited transmitters on one frequency in a specific area
  • Television outside broadcast network for unlimited transmitters anywhere in Australia on more than one frequency

Apply for a TOB services licence.

A TOB station operates:

  1. on a frequency more than 1 GHz
  2. between 2 points for a short time

This type of broadcast is only to transmit TV and associated signals.

Television outside broadcast system

A TOB system has one or more TOB stations that operate:

  1. in a specified area
  2. on a specified frequency

You can find technical information for TOB stations in RALI FX 21.

Television outside broadcast network

A TOB network has one or more TOB stations that operate:

  1. anywhere in Australia
  2. on more than one frequency specified in the licence

Emergency services use this licence type to set up radio or TV links during an emergency.

You can operate the station:

  • anywhere in Australia for 14 days or less
  • within these frequencies:
    • 12.75 to 13.25 GHz
    • 14.5 to 15.35 GHz
    • 21.2 to 23.6 GHz
  • for any purpose

Under this licence we, or an accredited person, will take steps to reduce interference.

Apply for a temporary fixed link licence.

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