Unless licence exempted, all wireless telegraphy equipment requires a licence.
In Ireland, there are a large number of radio systems which are exempt from licensing in Ireland, as outlined below.
Licence exempted radio equipment operates on a non-interference, non-protected basis and in radio spectrum that is shared with other radio devices.
Licence exempted equipment may not cause interference to other devices and may not claim protection from any interference received.
Additional specific conditions may be included for licence exempted radio equipment. Please check the relevant document as indicated in the list of licence exemptions below.
List of Licence Exemptions
Exemptions from licensing are normally established when there is no requirement to manage the specific spectrum band and where the risk of harmful interference is negligible.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of licence exemptions.
|Radio Type||Description||Exemption Order||ComReg Document||Other Information|
|Short Range Devices (SRD)||The vast majority of licence exempt equipment falls under this category.
SRDs include various low power devices such as inductive applications, alarms, model control, walkie talkies, wireless microphones and audio systems, radio LANS, Road Transport and Traffic Telematics (RTTT), Radio Frequency Identification systems (RFID) etc.
Operation of Wideband Data Transmission Systems (including WAS/RLANs) in the 5.8 GHz band is also subject to the Registration of operational base stations with ComReg.
|S.I. 405 of 2002
S.I. 160 of 2006
|Citizen’s Band||AM citizens’ band (CB) and PR 27 radio equipment.
Operational modes are AM (1W erp), FM (4W erp) and SSB (4W pep). CB is from 26.96-27.41MHz where forty 10 kHz channels are available.
|S.I. 436 of 1998||06/47R||ETSI Standards:
ETS 300 433,
ETS 300 135
|Satellite||Certain Land Mobile Earth Stations including Inmarsat, Eutelsat, Italsat, Arcanet and Thuraya Stations.||S.I. 398 of 2001||00/68
EN 301 681
|Certain Fixed Satellite Receiving Earth Stations including VSAT and SNG receivers.||S.I. 273 of 2000||00/68
|Mobile Earth Stations for Satellite Personal
Communications Systems <1GHz (S-PCS<1GHz)
|S.I. 173 of 2000||06/47R||ERO Decision:
Annex 2 of ERC/DEC/(99)06
|Satellite Earth Stations for Satellite Personal Communications Systems <1GHz (Global Mobile Personal Communications Service, GMPCS)
Exemption of Low Power Aircraft Stations
|S.I. 214 of 1998
S.I. 007 of 2004
|Low Power Satellite user Terminals||S.I. 505 of 2003||06/47R||ERODecision:
ERC/DEC/(00) 03 ERC/DEC/(00) 04
|Onboard Aircraft Satellite Terminals||S.I. 007 of 2004||06/47R|| ETSI Standards:
|Mobile Satellite User Terminals||S.I. 128 of 2005||06/47R||ERODecision:
|PMR 446||Short range business radios operating in the 446MHz band||S.I. 93 of 1998||06/47R|
|Mobile Phones||IMT-2000 (3G), GSM 900 and GSM 1800 MHz mobile phones||S.I. 158 of 2003||06/47R|
|GSM mobile phones operating in the 900MHz band||S.I. 409 of 1997||06/47R|
|GSM mobile phones operating in the 1800MHz band||S.I. 107 of 1999||06/47R||ETSI Standards:
|Cordless Telephones|| Analogue cordless phones operating at 31.025 - 31.325MHz (fixed part) and 31.925 - 40.225MHz
DECT cordless phones operating between 1800 -1810MHz
CT2-CAI digital cordless radio communications system operating in the band 864.1 - 868.1MHz and complies with ETS 300 131
|S.I. 410 of 1997||06/47R|
|Broadcasting|| Certain wired broadcast relay stations
Sound broadcasting receivers
S.I. 200 of 1976
S.I. 211 of 1972
|Radio Receivers||General Radio Receivers (excluding Television Sets)||
S.I. 197 of 2005
S.I. 292 of 2005
|GPR/WPR and LPR devices||Ground- and Wall Probing Radar (GPR/WPR) Imaging Systems & Level Probing Radar (LPR) Devices
S.I. 111 of 2013
S.I. 112 of 2013