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 Interface Requirements for Radio Services in Ireland are set out in 06/47R.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of licence exemptions.
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. For more information see 02/71R.
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.
Citizen’s Band (CB)
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.
For more information see S.I. 436 of 1998.
Certain Land Mobile Earth Stations including Inmarsat, Eutelsat, Italsat, Arcanet and Thuraya Stations. For more information see S.I. 398 of 2001.
Certain Fixed Satellite Receiving Earth Stations including VSAT and SNG receivers. For more information see S.I. 273 of 2000.
Mobile Earth Stations for Satellite Personal Communications Systems Satellite Earth Stations for Satellite Personal Communications Systems Low Power Satellite user Terminals. For more information see S.I. 505 of 2003.
On-board Aircraft Satellite Terminals. For more information see S.I. 7 of 2004.
Mobile Satellite User Terminals. For more information see S.I. 128 of 2005.
Exemption of Low Power Earth Stations on Board Vessels. For more information see S.I. 343 of 2008.
IMT-2000 (3G), GSM 900 and GSM 1800 MHz mobile phones. For more information see S.I. 158 of 2003
GSM mobile phones operating in the 900MHz band. For more information see S.I. 409 of 1997.
GSM mobile phones operating in the 1800MHz band. For more information see S.I. 107 of 1999
Exemption of Apparatus for Mobile Communications Services on Board Vessels. For more information see S.I. 169 of 2013.
Exemption of Apparatus for Mobile Communication Services on Aircraft. For more information see S.I 218 of 2017
Analogue cordless phones operating at 31.025 – 31.325MHz (fixed part) and 31.925 – 40.225MHz (portable part).
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. For more information see S.I. 410 of 1997.
GPR/WPR and LPR devices
Ground- and Wall Probing Radar (GPR/WPR) Imaging Systems & Level Probing Radar (LPR) Devices. For more information see S.I. 111 of 2013 and S.I. 112 of 2013.
For Registration information see GPR/WPR Registration Details.
Personal Locator Beacons
Mobile Phone Repeaters
Exemption of certain Mobile Phone Repeaters Order of 2018, For more information see S.I. 283 of 2018