The Wireless Telegraphy (Licence Charges) (Amendment) Regulations 1998

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Published: 1998-02-27

Statutory Instruments
1998 No. 460

TELEGRAPHS
The Wireless Telegraphy (Licence Charges) (Amendment) Regulations 1998

Made
27th February 1998

Laid before Parliament
2nd March 1998

Coming into force
1st April 1998

The Secretary of State, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 2(1) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949(1), and now vested in her(2), the power conferred on her by article 8 of the Department of Trade and Industry (Fees) Order 1988(3), and of all other powers enabling her in that behalf, hereby, with the consent of the Treasury, makes the following Regulations:

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Wireless Telegraphy (Licence Charges) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 and shall come into force on 1st April 1998.

2.  In these Regulations, “the 1995 Regulations” means the Wireless Telegraphy (Licence Charges) Regulations 1995(4).

3.  The 1995 Regulations are hereby amended as follows:

(a)regulation 3(7) shall be deleted; and

(b)for Schedules 2 and 4, there shall be substituted respectively Schedules 1 and 2 to these Regulations.

Barbara Roche
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Small Firms, Trade and Industry,
Department of Trade and Industry
27th February 1998

We consent to these Regulations

Bob Ainsworth
Jim Dowd
Two of the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Treasury
27th February 1998

Regulation 3

SCHEDULE 1FIXED LINKS

Class of Link
Frequency Band
Limits of Bandwidth

Class 1 Link

1350-1690 MHz

Not more than 50 kHz

Class 2 Link

1350-1690 MHz and 1.70-1.90 GHz

More than 50 kHz

37.00-39.50 GHz
Not more than 7 MHz

54.20-57.20 GHz
Not more than 56 MHz

Class 3 Link

7.425-7.90 GHz

12.75-13.25 GHz

14.25-14.50 GHz

21.20-23.60 GHz and 24.50-26.50 GHz

Not more than 7 MHz

37.00-39.50 GHz
More than 7 MHz but not more than 14 MHz

Class 4 Link

21.20-23.60 GHz

24.50-26.50 GHz and 27.50-29.50 GHz

More than 7 MHz but not more than 14 MHz

Class 5 Link

7.425-7.90 GHz

12.75-13.25 GHz and 14.25-14.50 GHz

More than 7 MHz but not more than 14 MHz

17.30-17.70 GHz
Not more than 14 MHz

31.00-31.80 GHz
Not more than 56 MHz

37.00-39.50 GHz
More than 14 MHz

Class 6 Link

21.20-23.60 GHz

24.50-26.50 GHz and 27.50-29.50 GHz

More than 14 MHz but not more than 28 MHz

31.00-31.80 GHz
More than 56 MHz but not more than 140 MHz

Class 7 Link

3.60-4.20 GHz

7.425-7.90 GHz

12.75-13.25 GHz and 14.25-14.50 GHz

More than 14 MHz

17.30-17.70 GHz
More than 14 MHz but not more than 100 MHz

21.20-23.60 GHz

24.50-26.50 GHz and 27.50-29.50 GHz

More than 28 MHz

Class 8 Link
17.30-17.70 GHz
More than 100 MHz but not more than 200 MHz

31.00-31.80 GHz
More than 140 MHz but not more than 250 MHz

Class 9 Link
17.30-17.70 GHz
More than 200 MHz but not more than 300 MHz

31.00-31.80 GHz
More than 250 MHz but not more than 280 MHz

Class 10 Link
17.30-17.70 Ghz
More than 300 Mhz

Regulation 3
SCHEDULE 2

The prescribed sum in respect of the issue or renewal of the licence and in respect of the prescribed time:

Class of licence
Fixed sums
Variable sums
The prescribed time: Interval of time for payment

Aeronautical

Aeronautical Ground Station (General)
£165

Yearly

Aeronautical Ground Station (Glider, Hang Glider and Balloon)
£25

Yearly

Aeronautical Ground Station (Special)
£275

Yearly

Aeronautical Ground Station (Special Mobile)
£50

Yearly

Aeronautical Navigational Aids and Radar

£20 for each navigational aid or radar station
Yearly

Aircraft

£30 for each aircraft which has an approved maximum take-off weight of not more than 3,200 kg

£250 for each aircraft which has an approved maximum take-off weight of more than 3,200 kg but not more than 14,000 kg, provided that in the case of an aircraft which has recorded not more than 100 flying hours in each of the two years immediately preceding the issue of the licence the prescribed sum shall be £30

£550 for each aircraft which has an approved maximum take-off weight of more than 14,000 kg, provided that in the case of an aircraft which has recorded not more than 100 flying hours in each of the two years immediately preceding the issue of the licence the prescribed sum shall be £30

None

Aircraft (Glider, Hang Glider and Balloon)
£20

None

Amateur and Citizen’s Band

Amateur Radio

£15 per person aged 21 years or over; no charge for persons aged under 21 years
None

Citizen’s Band Radio
£15

None

Broadcasting

Restricted Radio Services Transmission (Class A—Freely Radiating)

For each medium wave broadcasting None band frequency—

£15 per day

For each VHF broadcasting band frequency—

£25 per day where the power of transmission does not exceed 1 W ERP

£40 per day where the power of transmission exceeds 1 W ERP

None

Restricted Radio Services Transmission (Class B—Radiating Cable)

£100 per channel
Yearly

Restricted Radio Services Transmission (Class C—Freely Radiating Very Low Power)

£100 per channel
Yearly

Transmission of National and Local Radio Broadcasting Services

Any number of transmitters in the medium wave broadcasting band—

coverage of less than 100,000 people—£226

coverage of 100,000 people or more—£339 per complete 100,000 people covered, any final group of less than 100,000 people being disregarded

Any number of transmitters in the VHF broadcasting band—

coverage of less than 100,000 people—£339

coverage of 100,000 people or more—£509 per complete 100,000 people covered, any final group of less than 100,000 people being disregarded

Yearly

Fixed Links

Fixed Links

For each co-ordinated bi-directional fixed link—

On issue of the licence and on each anniversary of the issue of the licence

£255 for each Class 1 link

£380 for each Class 2 link

£465 for each Class 3 link

£695 for each Class 4 link

£720 for each Class 5 link

£885 for each Class 6 link

£925 for each Class 7 link

£1,030 for each Class 8 link

£1,155 for each Class 9 link

£1,280 for each Class 10 link

Yearly

For each uni-directional fixed link—

75 per cent of the prescribed sum for the co-ordinated bi-directional fixed link for the class of link to which the uni-directional fixed link belongs

On the addition of a co-ordinated bi-directional or uni-directional fixed link to the licence after the issue or renewal of the licence, such sum as represents one-twelfth of the prescribed sum on the issue or renewal of the licence, as the case may be, for the class of link to which the additional link belongs multiplied by the number of complete calendar months from the addition of the link to the next anniversary of the issue of the licence

Yearly

For each temporary co-ordinated bi-directional or uni-directional fixed link-the prescribed sum on issue of the licence for the class of link to which the link belongs
None

Where a licensee is given authority to self-manage an exclusive allocation of spectrum in a new Fixed Links band, such sum as represents 50 per cent of the prescribed sum for the type and class of link to which the link belongs
Yearly

Point to Multi-point Services 31.00 to 31.80 GHz

On issue of the licence and on each anniversary of the issue of the licence—

£540 for each hub with a bandwidth not exceeding 56 MHz

£664 for each hub with a bandwidth not exceeding 140 MHz

£773 for each hub with a bandwidth not exceeding 250 MHz

£866 for each hub with a bandwidth not exceeding 308 MHz

On the addition of each hub to the licence after the issue or renewal of the licence, such sum as represents one-twelfth of the prescribed sum on the issue or renewal of the licence, as the case may be, multiplied by the number of complete calendar months from the addition of the hub to the next anniversary of the issue of the licence

Yearly

Scanning Telemetry

On issue of the licence and on each anniversary of the issue of the licence—£40 for each station

On the addition of each station after the issue or renewal of the licence, such sum as represents one-twelfth of the prescribed sum on the issue or renewal of the licence, as the case may be, multiplied by the number of complete calendar months from the addition of the station to the next anniversary of the issue of the licence

Yearly

Un-co-ordinated Links

£50 for each 58 GHz fixed link
Yearly

Maritime

Maritime Coastal Station

£75 per base station in respect of channels M (157.850 MHz), M2 (161.425 MHz) and channel 80 (157.025 MHz)
Yearly

For each base station, £100 per international maritime channel (except channel 80), provided that channels designated for emergency use shall not be taken into account

For each base station (including associated mobile stations), £180 per channel in respect of non-international maritime channels

Yearly

Maritime Radio (Navigational Aid and Radar)

For each navigational aid or radar station, £40 per channel
Yearly

Ship Radio
£22

None

Private Business Radio

Local Authority (Emergency Alarm) Radio
£200

Yearly

Local Communications

£75 per base station
Yearly

Private Business Radio Suppliers
£200

Yearly

Private Mobile Radio Road Construction
£750

Yearly

Private Mobile Radio (Standard)

For national channels apart from 6.25 kHz channels £6,000 per channel

For 6.25 kHz national channels—£3,000 per channel

For other channels apart from 6.25 kHz channels—

£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 501-1,000 mobile stations

For more than 1,000 mobile stations-£7, OOO for the first 1,000 plus £5,000 for each successive group of 500 and £5,000 for any final group of less than 500

For 6.25 kHz other channels-50 per cent of the prescribed sum for other channels

Yearly

Private Wide Area Paging

£250 per base station subject to a maximum of £6,000
Yearly

Radio Paging (Standard)

£25 for each base station
Yearly

Short Range Business Radio
£30

None

Programme Making and Special Events

Programme Making Events Fixed Site and Special

For the issue of a licence, in a premium case, £50 plus the following supplemental sum:

For the single channel talk-back or radio microphone for specific sites—

20 per channel per site

For multi-channel talk-back or radio microphone, or wideband channel for specific sites—

£80 per multi-channel or wideband channel per site

For the variation of a licence, in a premium case, £50 plus the following supplemental sum:

For the variation of a licence by adding an occasional use channel or a restricted service programme sound link channel, the sum payable on issue in respect of such channel, and for any other variation of a licence, such sum as represents one-twelfth of the supplemental sum payable for the issue of a licence for the type of channel to which the additional channel belongs multiplied by the number of complete calendar months from the addition of the channel to the next anniversary of the issue of the licence

Provided that for a variation of a licence where the aggregate sum payable would otherwise be less than £20, a transaction charge

None, save in relation to the sum which is to be paid upon the variation of a licence, where the prescribed time is the time of such variation

Programme Making and Special Events Link

For the issue of a licence, in a premium case, £50 plus the following supplemental sum:

In any case other than a premium case, where the aggregate sum payable on the issue of a licence would otherwise be less than £20, a transaction charge, plus—

For occasional use:

£2 per channel of 12.5 kHz in the band 26-65 MHz

£6 per channel of 12.5 kHz in the band 65-470 MHz

£2 per channel of 12.5 kHz in the band 470-1,000 MHz

£12 per channel (not being a telemetry or telecommand channel) of 0.5 MHz in the band 1-2 GHz

£12 per telemetry or telecommand channel of 5 MHz in the band 1-2 GHz

£20 per channel of 5 MHz in the band 2-5 GHz

£12 per channel of 5 MHz in the band 5-8 GHz

£6 per channel of 5 MHz in the band 8-20 GHz

£4 per channel of 5 MHz in the band 20-40 GHz

£2 per channel of 5 MHz in the band above 40 GHz

For request channels:

£120 per channel of 12.5 kHz in the band 26-65 MHz

£360 per channel of 12.5 kHz in the band 65-470 MHz

£120 per channel of 12.5 kHz in the band 470-1,000 MHz

£720 per channel of 0.5 MHz in the band 1-2 GHz

£1,200 per channel of 5 MHz in the band 2-5 GHz

£720 per channel of 5 MHz in the band 5-8 GHz

£360 per channel of 5 MHz in the band 8-20 GHz

£240 per channel of 5 MHz in the band 20-40 GHz

£120 per channel of 5 MHz in the band above 40 GHz

For primary regional channels:

£60 per channel of 12.5 kHz in the band 26-65 MHz

£180 per channel of 12.5 kHz in the band 65-470 MHz

£60 per channel of 12.5 kHz in the band 470-1,000 MHz

£360 per channel of 0.5 MHz in the band 1-2 GHz

£600 per channel of 5 MHz in the band 2-5 GHz

£360 per channel of 5 MHz in the band 5-8 GHz

£180 per channel of 5 MHz in the band 8-20 GHz

£120 per channel of 5 MHz in the band 20-40 GHz

£60 per channel of 5 MHz in the band above 40 GHz

For secondary regional channels and primary area channels:

£24 per channel of 12.5 kHz in the band 26-65 MHz

£72 per channel of 12.5 kHz in the band 65-470 MHz

£24 per channel of 12.5 kHz in the band 470-1,000 MHz

£144 per channel of 0.5 MHz in the band 1-2 GHz

£240 per channel of 5 MHz in the band 2-5 GHz

£144 per channel of 5 MHz in the band 5-8 GHz

£72 per channel of 5 MHz in the band 8-20 GHz

£48 per channel of 5 MHz in the band 20-40 GHz

£24 per channel of 5 MHz in the band above 40 GHz

For secondary area channels and primary local channels:

£12 per channel of 12.5 kHz in the band 26-65 MHz

£36 per channel of 12.5 kHz in the band 65-470 MHz

£12 per channel of 12.5 MHz in the band 470-1,000 MHz

£72 per channel of 0.5 MHz in the band 1-2 GHz

£120 per channel of 5 MHz in the band 2-5 GHz

£72 per channel of 5 MHz in the band 5-8 GHz

£36 per channel of 5 MHz in the band 8-20 GHz

£24 per channel of 5 MHz in the band 20-40 GHz

£12 per channel of 5 MHz in the band above 40 GHz

For programme sound link use:

£36 per channel of 12.5 kHz in the band 26-65 MHz

For restricted service programme sound link use:

£10 per channel of 12.5 kHz in the band 26-65 MHz

£30 per channel of 12.5 kHz in the band 65-470 MHz

£10 per channel of 12.5 kHz in the band 470-1,000 MHz

For the variation of a licence, in a premium case, S50 plus the following supplemental sum:

For the variation of a licence by adding an occasional use channel or a restricted service programme sound link channel, the sum payable on issue in respect of such channel, and for any other variation of a licence, such sum as represents one-twelfth of the supplemental sum payable for the issue of a licence for the type of channel to which the additional channel belongs multiplied by the number of complete calendar months from the addition of the channel to the next anniversary of the issue of the licence

Provided that for a variation of a licence where the aggregate sum payable would otherwise be less than £20, a transaction charge

None, save in relation to the sum which is to be paid upon the variation of a licence, where the prescribed time is the time of such variation

Programme Making and Special Events Low Power

For the issue of a licence, in a premium case, £50 plus the following supplemental sum:

In any case other than a premium case, where the aggregate sum payable on the issue of a licence would otherwise be less than £20, a transaction charge, plus—

For a single channel radio microphone—

£8 per occasional use channel

£480 per request channel

£960 per primary UK channel

£96 per shared UK channel

£240 per primary regional channel

£96 per primary area channel

£48 per primary local channel

£384 per secondary UK channel

£96 per secondary regional channel

£48 per secondary area channel

£20 per secondary local channel

Multi-channel radio microphone, or single wideband channel—

£40 per occasional use multi-channel or wideband channel

£2,400 per request multi-channel or wideband channel

£160 per shared UK multi-channel or wideband channel

For the variation of a licence, in a premium case, 650 plus the following supplemental sum:

For the variation of a licence by adding an occasional use channel or a restricted service programme sound link channel, the sum payable on issue in respect of such channel, and for any other variation of a licence, such sum as represents one-twelfth of the supplemental sum payable for the issue of a licence for the type of channel to which the additional channel belongs multiplied by the number of complete calendar months from the addition of the channel to the next anniversary of the issue of the licence

Provided that for a variation of a licence where the aggregate sum payable would otherwise be less than £20, a transaction charge

None, save in relation to the sum which is to be paid upon the variation of a licence, where the prescribed time is the time of such variation

Public Telecommutications Networks

Common Base Station Operator

For each channel designated for use within the defined coverage area of the licensed common base station service
tier 3

Yearly

Public Access Cordless Telephony
£100

Yearly

Public Mobile Operator

105-170 MHz

450-470 MHz

(for public wide area paging)

For each national channel
tier 7

Yearly

For each regional channel subject to a maximum of tier 7 where the channel is licensed to the same licensee in more than one location
tier 6

105-165 MHz

174-208 MHz

420-470 MHz

(for public mobile data, non-voice only operation)

For each channel
tier 6

Yearly

174-208 Mhz

410-430 MHz

(for public access mobile radio)

For each national channel
tier 6

Yearly

For each regional channel subject to a maximum of tier 6 where the channel is licensed to the same licensee in more than one location
tier 4

872.0-888.0 MHz

890.0-905.0 MHz

905.0-915.0 MHz

917.0-933.0 MHz

935.0-950.0 MHz

950.0-960.0 MHz

1710.0-1721.7 MHz

1805.0-1816.7 MHz

(for cellular radiotelephones)

For each channel
tier 5

Yearly

1721.7-1785.0 MHz

1816.7-1880.0 MHz

(for digital cellular PCN radiotelephones)

For each channel:
Yearly

until the sixth anniversary of the issue of the licence

tier 3

on the sixth anniversary of the issue of the licence

tier 4

on the seventh and each subsequent anniversary of the issue of the licence

tier 5

Satellite Services
Permanent Earth Station

Class I

Stations with a required radio frequency Yearly bandwidth not exceeding 100 kHz— £1,000 per station operating to one satellite plus £1,000 for each additional satellite
Yearly

Class II

Stations with a required radio frequency Yearly bandwidth greater than 100 kHz but not exceeding 2 MHz—£5,000 per station operating to one satellite plus £1,000 for each additional satellite
Yearly

Class III

Stations requiring radio frequency Yearly bandwidths above 2 MHz—£10,000 per station operating to one satellite plus £1,000 for each additional satellite
Yearly

Transportable Earth Station

£8,500 per station
Yearly

Very Small Aperture Terminal

£2,000 for up to 20 terminals

£6,000 for 21-100 terminals

£12,000 for 101-300 terminals

£20,000 for 301-500 terminals

£40,000 for 501-1,000 terminals

For more than 1,000 terminals 54,000 for each additional group of 100 terminals or part thereof

Yearly

Technology Development

Radar Gauges

£50 per site
Yearly

Temporary Use

£250 per station for a period of up to six months
None

Testing and Development

£150 per station
Yearly

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)
These Regulations amend the Wireless Telegraphy (Licence Charges) Regulations 1995 (S.I. 1995/1331, “the 1995 Regulations”, as amended by the Wireless Telegraphy (Licence Charges) (Amendment) Regulations 1996 (S.I. 1996/1464), the Wireless Telegraphy (Licence Charges) (Amendment) Regulations 1997 S.I. 1997/1006) and the Wireless Telegraphy (Licence Charges) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations (S.I. 1997/1885)) by substituting new Schedules 2 and 4 to the 1995 Regulations. As a consequence of the substitution of new Schedule 4, regulation 3(7) is deleted.
Schedule 2 sets out the frequency band and limits of bandwidth in relation to classes of fixed link for the purpose of Schedule 4. Schedule 4 sets out the fee payable for wireless telegraphy licences granted by the Secretary of State under section 1 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 (c. 54).
A full compliance cost assessment report of the effect that these Regulations would have on the costs of business is available to the public from the Radiocommunications Agency Library at New Ring’s Beam House, 22 Upper Ground, London SE1 9SA (Tel: 0171-211 0211).


(1)
1949 c. 54; section 2 was extended to the Channel Islands by S.I. 1952/1900, as amended by S.I. 1967/1279 and S.I. 1969/1369, and to the Isle of Man by S.I. 1952/1899; there are amendments to section 2 not relevant to these Regulations.

(2)
Post Office Act 1969 (c. 48), section 3; S.I. 1969/1369, article 3; S.I. 1969/1371, article 2; S.I. 1974/691, article 2.

(3)
S.I. 1988/93, as amended by S.I. 1990/1473, which were made under section 102 of the Finance (No. 2) Act 1987 (c. 51).

(4)
S.I. 1995/1331, as amended by S.I. 1996/1464, S.I. 1997/1006 and S.I. 1997/1885.
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