Why do I need to obtain a licence in order to use radio spectrum or frequencies?
Many users of radio frequencies require a high degree of certainty that their radio transmissions will reach the intended recipient.In order to achieve this, Ofcom carefully coordinates and manages radio frequencies.
In many cases, this involves the issue of a licence. The licence clearly sets out the legal rights and obligations of spectrum users. Where a radio user is operating without a licence in licensed spectrum, or holds a licence but is operating outside of the terms and conditions of the licence, Ofcom may take legal enforcement action against the user.
In addition, radio spectrum / frequencies are a finite resource and, in many cases, demand outstrips supply.
Licensing the spectrum, and applying a licence fee, is an effective way to manage access to spectrum and ensure that the spectrum is assigned to the user who values it the most.
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