Radio Spectrum

Licence Types

Radio


Licences containing rights of use to spectrum in respect of analogue and digital radio services are issued to RTÉ and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI); see the Broadcasting Act 2009. If you are an independent body and wish to broadcast radio services you should contact the BAI. Further information for digital services is available on our Digital Broadcasting page.


TV


TV Broadcasting


Licences containing rights of use to spectrum in respect of analogue and digital terrestrial TV services are issued to RTÉ and the BAI under the Broadcasting Act 2009. Further information for digital services is available on our Digital Broadcasting page.


Cessation of the UHF TV Programme Retransmission (“Deflectors”) Licensing Scheme

Following a consultation process, which commenced on 8 March 2012 and ended with publication of ComReg’s Response to Consultation, decision and final Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) on 6 June 2012, ComReg will not issue further Deflector licences after the expiry of the current Deflector Licensing Scheme on 31 December 2012.

Full details of the initial consultation and draft RIA can be found at doc 12/18. The one respondents view, ComReg’s response to Consultation, Decision and Final RIA can be found at doc 12/59.

The adoption of this decision will mean that any remaining deflector operators will be obliged to cease to provide television retransmission services, following the expiry of their current Deflector licences at 31 December 2012. 
 

Microwave Multipoint Distribution Systems (MMDS) at 2.6 and 12GHz

Licences containing rights of use to spectrum at 2.6 and 12 GHz, in respect of the distribution of TV programming using an MMDS, are issued under the Wireless Telegraphy (Multipoint Microwave Distribution System - MMDS) Regulations 2003. These regulations authorise licensees to distribute licensed programme services within geographic areas covered set out in the licences.

Application Procedure

An application procedure is available for interested parties seeking to use an MMDS at 12 GHz. This is not available to parties seeking to use an MMDS at 2.6 GHz as the majority of this band (144 out of 190 MHz of the band) is currently licensed to UPC Ireland Ltd for an MMDS with coverage to most of the State, with the exception of the major urban areas. ComReg issued a call for inputs in May 2010 (Document 10/38) on the potential future uses and licensing options of the 2.6 GHz band.
There are a number of documents relating to the application of an MMDS licence at 12 GHz (i.e. 11.7 – 12.5 GHz). These documents are as follows: 
 

This document provides information for those intending to apply for a licence. This document should be read in conjunction with the Wireless Telegraphy (MMDS) Regulations, 2003, mentioned below.


These Regulations apply to a licence to keep, have possession of, install, maintain, work and use an MMDS for the distribution of licensed programme services or for such other purposes as are specified in the licence. They also outline the fee structure for an MMDS licence.


These conditions detail the characteristics of the equipment that need to be considered for the purposes of frequency spectrum management, safety and the provision of a satisfactory service to the subscriber.

This application form is designed for individuals or organisations that wish to apply for a MMDS Licence to operate a digital television delivery system at 11.7-12.5 GHz. Please ensure you have read the accompanying "Guidance Notes for Applicants" and the Wireless Telegraphy (MMDS) Regulations 2003, before completing this application.

If there is anything you wish to discuss after reading the previous documents please feel free to contact us at broadcastingat@comreg.ie or phone 01 – 8049600 and ask for a member of the broadcasting team. 
 

 

  • iei.ie
  • Winner of an O2 ability award 2007
  • Approved CPD Employer ACCA Plus
  • Address: © 2014 ComReg Commission for Communications Regulation Block DEF, Abbey Court Irish Life Centre Lower Abbey Street Dublin 1
  • Tel: + 353 1 804 9600 | LoCall: 1890 22 9600 | Consumer Line 1890 229668 Fax: + 353 1 804 9680
  • E-Mail: info@comreg.ie