Western Australia
Wed 22 February 2017

ACMA reminder on locating technology licensing

Do you operate or supply equipment that uses Differential GPS (DGPS) technology? If so, you need to know about the licensing requirements following the 400 MHz band changes.

Through its field spectrum monitoring activities, the Australian Communications and Media Authority has found a number of individuals, including those in construction, operating DGPS technology in Segment T (457.50625 – 459.9875) and Segment Y (467.50625-469.9875 MHz) of the harmonised government spectrum (HGS) without a radiocommunications licence. As government services transition into the HGS there is a risk that unlicensed DGPS equipment could interfere with critical communications.

Amongst other activities, ACMA is seeking to educate those using construction equipment with DGPS technology about the 400 MHz band changes and their licensing requirements. It is an offence under the Radiocommunications Act 1992 to operate DGPS equipment without an appropriate radiocommunications licence.

ACMA has developed a fact sheet on DGPS licensing and an infographic.