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Radio Licensing

Why does your Two-Way Business Radio Need a Licence to Operate?

Private Business Two Way Radios operate on either VHF or, UHF radio frequencies that are issued and co-ordinated by Ofcom. In order to transmit on these frequencies, you are required to have a licence issued by Ofcom. There are benefits of a licensed frequency such as:

  • Larger range
  • Less interference from other users

These frequencies are allocated to businesses only, on a case-by-case basis. Once your licence has been issued with your own frequencies, 2 Way Radio Shop can programme them into your two way radios, there is no limit to how many two way radios you have the frequencies put in to.

Why do you not need a licence for Two-Way Consumer (PMR446 Short Range Radios) Radios?

Low power two way radios operate on 8 UHF frequencies that have been issued for general on-site use by Ofcom and are programmed into the radios at the time of manufacture. These frequencies have been allocated to a European service called PMR446 and there are no restrictions on where you use them within the EU.

How to apply for a Radio Licence

2 Way Radio Shop can carry out licensing formalities on behalf of its customers, except for paying the fees; you will need to send this direct to Ofcom.

Two-Way Radio Licence Fees

Typical annual fee per frequency per site (these may vary).

  • Rural Areas - £75 per annum
  • Sub Urban Areas - £100 per annum.
  • Highly Populated Areas - £200 per annum.
  • For all information on licensing, visit the Ofcom website at:

If you already have frequencies but are unsure of what they are or how to obtain them, please call us on 01642 566661 and we will be happy to help you.

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