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Private Business Radio Licence Fees

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The fees listed in this information sheet are paid annually unless stated otherwise.

National and Regional Private Business Radio

The fee per 2x12.5 kHz channel is based upon whether the channel is used nationally or regionally and the frequency band used. See page 5 for more details.

On-site Private Business Radio

Speech and Data Systems
The fee per channel per site is based upon the location of the radio operation and the frequency band used. See page 4 for more details.

Local Communications Systems
The fee per channel per site is based upon the location of the radio operation. See page 4 for more details.

Hospital Paging and Emergency Speech Systems
150 per channel per site payable every three years.

One-way Paging and Speech Systems
75 per channel per site payable every three years.

Private Business Radio Suppliers

200

Private Mobile Radio Road Construction

2000

Private Mobile Radio (Standard)

140 for up to 10 mobile stations
250 for 11 - 25 mobile stations
500 for 26 - 60 mobile stations
1,000 for 61 - 100 mobile stations
1,750 for 101 - 200 mobile stations
3,500 for 201 - 500 mobile stations
7,000 for 501 - 1000 mobile stations

For more than 1000 mobile stations
7,000 for the first 1000 plus
5,000 for each successive group of 500
5,000 for any final group of less than 500

Wide Area Private Business Radio

Speech and Data Systems
The fee per 2x12.5 kHz channel per site is based upon the location of the radio operation, the frequency band used and the exclusivity factor determined by the business type and the number of mobile stations used. See page 2 for more details.

IR2008 (Shared Wide Area Data)
The fee per 2x12.5 KHz channel per site per timeslot is based upon the location of the radio operation and the frequency band used. See page 2 for more details.

One-way Paging and Speech Systems
The fee per 25 kHz channel per site is based upon the location of the radio operation. See page 3 for more details.

Distress Alarm Systems
The fee per 12.5 kHz channel per site is based upon the location of the radio operation. See page 4 for more details.

Self-Select Private Business Radio

One-way Paging Systems
50 per site payable every three years.

PBR UK General
60 every three years.

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Wide Area PBR licence fees

Speech and Data Systems

Fees are determined by the following factors:

1. Location of radio operation

Fees are determined by whether a radio operation is carried out in an area that is designated as (a) heavily congested, (b) congested or (c) non-congested:

(a) Heavily congested: The level of traffic on a particular channel results in users making several unsuccessful call attempts and/or causes unwanted call terminations due to co-channel interference.

Designation of area National Grid Reference 10 km x 10 km areas
Heavily congested TQ 200 700; TQ 200 800; TQ 300 700; TQ 300 800
Table 1a  

(b) Congested: The level of traffic on a particular channel is sufficiently high to cause some inconvenience to users wishing to make calls. This is manifested as occasional unsuccessful call attempts and occasional co-channel interference problems.

Designation of area National Grid Reference 10 km x 10 km areas
Congested TQ 100 700; TQ 100 800; TQ 200 900; TQ 300 900;
TQ 400 700; TQ 400 800.
Table 1b  

(c) Non-congested: The level of traffic causes very little inconvenience to users wishing to make calls. This designation applies to all other areas of the United Kingdom.

2. Frequency band

The following bands have been identified as containing heavily congested or congested areas or as being non-congested throughout the UK.

Band I
VHF Low

VHF Mid
Band III
Non-congested throughout the UK
VHF High,
UHF Band 1
UHF Band 2
Heavily congested
when used in Grid Squares as defined in Table 1a
Congested
when used in grid squares as definedin Table 1b
Non-congested
bands when used
elsewhere in the UK
Table 2  

3. Exclusivity factor

An exclusivity factor is a fee modifier which is determined by the type of business use and the number of mobile stations used on a channel.

Corresponding Ranges of Mobiles (per channel) for different business classes Exclusivity factor
Data Dominant and Data-Only users Local government and Band III users Taxi, minicab and couriers All other PBR  
1-38
39-150
151-375
>375
1-18
19-72
73-180
>180
1-11
12-45
46-113
>113
1-8
9-30
31-75
>75
0.05
0.2
0.5
1
Table 3  

Fees for Wide Area PBR Speech and Data Systems licences are charged at the rates shown below:

Exclusivity factor Fee per channel
Heavily congested
Congested
Non-congested
0.05
200
100
75
0.2
328
164
82
0.5
820
410
205
1
1,640
820
410

IR2008 (Shared Wide Area Data Systems) Fees are dertermined by whether a radio operation is carried out in an area that is designated as (a) heavily congested, (b) congested or (c) non-congested as determined by tables 1a and 1b, and are charged at the rates shown below:

Fee per channel per site per timeslot (applicable to both 250 and 500 millisecond timeslots)
Heavily congested
Congested
Non-congested
100
50
25

One-way Paging and Speech Systems Fees are determined by whether a radio operation is carried out in an area that is designated as (a) heavily congested, (b) congested or (c) non-congested as determined by tables 1a and 1b, and are charged at the rates shown below:

Fee per channel per site
Heavily congested
Congested
Non-congested
200
100
75

Distress Alarm Systems

Fees are determined by whether a radio operation is carried out in an area that is designated as (a) heavily congested, (b) congested or (c) non-congested as determined by tables 1a and 1b, and are charged at the rates shown below:

Fee per channel per site
Heavily congested
Congested
Non-congested
100
75
75

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On-site PBR licence fees

Speech and Data Systems

Fees are determined by the following factors:

1. Location of radio operation

Fees are determined by whether a radio operation is carried out in an area that is designated as (a) heavily congested, (b) congested or (c) non-congested as determined by tables 1a and 1b.

2. Frequency band

The On-Site PBR fees use the same band details as shown in table 2.

Fees for On-Site PBR Speech and Data Systems licences are charged at the rates shown below:

Fee per channel per site
Heavily congested
Congested
Non-congested
200
100
75

Local Communications Systems Fees are determined by whether a radio operation is carried out in an area that is designated as (a) heavily congested, (b) congested or (c) non-congested as determined by tables 1a and 1b, and are charged at the rates shown below:

Fee per channel per site
Heavily congested
Congested
Non-congested
200
100
75

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National and Regional PBR licence fees Fees

are determined by whether channels are used nationally or regionally.

National use

National channels can be used throughout the United Kingdom. Users of national channels pay a fee per 2x12.5 kHz channel based upon whether the band contains heavily congested or congested areas or is non-congested throughout the UK.

Heavily congested
and Congested
Non-congested
Band
VHF High
UHF Band 1
UHF Band 2
Band I
VHF Low
VHF Mid
Band III
Fee
9,900
8,250

Regional use

Regional channels can be used throughout one or more, but not all, of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Users of regional channels pay a fee per 2x12.5 kHz channel based upon the size of the region and whether the band contains heavily congested or congested areas or is non-congested throughout the UK.

Heavily congested
and Congested
Non-congested
Band
VHF High
UHF Band 1
UHF Band 2
Band I
VHF Low
VHF Mid
Band III
Fee
England
6,435
5,363
Scotland 1,485 1,237
Wales 990 825
Northern Ireland 990 825

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CONGESTED AREAS MAP

The map below shows the location of the 10Km grid squares designated as heavily congested or congested in tables 1a and 1b.

London and the M25

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Address List for Local Offices

Our local staff are mainly engineers and their work takes them out of the office for much of the day. During normal office hours administrative staff will answer the phone if possible but at times you may find that your call is taken by an answering machine. You may prefer to write to your local office at the address shown below:

Contact addresses, with the areas covered are as follows. Overleaf is a coloured map designed to show at a glance the post codes covered by each Region.

NORTH EAST ENGLAND

Radiocommunications Agency
PO Box 2500, Leeds LS16 5XQ
Tel: 0113 203 0200
Fax: 0113 203 0221

E-mail: leeds@ra.gsi.gov.uk

LONDON & SOUTH EAST ENGLAND

Radiocommunications Agency
PO Box 2500, Whyteleafe

Surrey, CR3 OYL
Tel: 020 8645 2200
Fax: 020 8668 2194

E-mail: kenley@ra.gsi.gov.uk

NORTH WEST ENGLAND

Radiocommunications Agency
PO Box 2500, Newton Le Willows
Merseyside WA12 ONP
Tel: 01942 528200
Fax: 01942 528218

E-mail: haydock@ra.gsi.gov.uk

SCOTLAND

Radiocommunications Agency
PO Box 2500, Falkirk FKI IXP
Tel: 01324 616200
Fax: 01324 616212

E-mail: scotland@ra.gsi.gov.uk

SOUTH & SOUTH WEST ENGLAND

Radiocommunications Agency
PO Box 2500, Bristol, BS99 7LJ
Tel: 0117 959 7200
Fax: 0117 959 7230

E-mail: bristol@ra.gsi.gov.uk

WALES

Radiocommunications Agency
PO Box 2500, Cardiff CF14 4YW
Tel: 029 2052 4200
Fax: 029 2052 4217

E-mail: wales@ra.gsi.gov.uk

MIDLANDS & EAST ANGLIA

Radiocommunications Agency
PO Box 2500, Birmingham B32 ITA
Tel: 0121 423 5200
Fax: 0121 423 5232

E-mail: birmingham@ra.gsi.gov.uk

NORTHERN IRELAND & ISLE OF MAN

Radiocommunications Agency
PO Box 2500, Belfast BT8 8SA
Tel: 028 9081 0200
Fax: 028 9081 4515

E-mail: northern_ireland@ra.gsi.gov.uk

So that we can give the best possible service, the local office e-mail addressess should only be used for matters relevant to the particular Region.

Any messages of a general nature should be addressed to library@ra.gsi.gov.uk These messages will be forwarded to the relevant section within the Radiocommunications Agency for reply.

 

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