A radiocommunications supplier responsible for substantial interference to Victoria’s rail communications systems has received six infringement notices totalling $10,200. The ACMA issued the infringement notices following an investigation into the interference, which had potential safety implications for rail logistics, train operators and commuters.
The ACMA received complaints of interference and tracked several sources to third-party clients of the radiocommunications supplier. The company failed to provide its third-party authorisation records, which resulted in further interference, and was accordingly issued with three infringement notices for a breach of subsection 279(1)(b) of the Radiocommunications Act 1992. The company was also issued with three infringement notices for failing to comply with a written direction from an ACMA inspector in breach of section 40 of the Radiocommunications Regulations 1993.
A radiocommunications licensee may permit a third party to operate under its licence, but the authorised third party must adhere to the conditions of the licence. This includes interference prevention conditions, in which operation of the device must not affect other licensed radiocommunications services.
The investigation was part of the ACMA’s prioritisation of radiocommunications transmitter licensing compliance in the 400 MHz band.
More information about third-party authorisations and the ACMA’s priority compliance areas is available on the ACMA website.