What ACMA licensing requirements apply to Wireless LAN?

There are two main types of licensing requirements which are relevant to users of Wireless Lan equipment, these are:

  • Radiocommunications licensing (under the Radiocommunications Act), which covers the use of radiocommunications equipment within the radiofrequency spectrum.
  • Telecommunications licensing (under the Telecommunications Act), carrier licences authorise the use of network units for the supply of telecommunications services to the public.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is responsible for the regulation of broadcasting, radiocommunications, telecommunications and online content.

Relevant documents from the ACMA can be found on their website.

Under the ACMA Radiocommunications (Low Interference Potential Devices) Class Licence 2000, all users operating in the same spectrum segment on a shared basis are subject to the same conditions. A class licence governs the frequencies that may be used, commonly prescribes equipment standards, and may specify other technical and operational parameters.

The following is only a guide to the power and frequency that is allowable for Wireless LAN equipment. Please consult the ACMA Website for more information.

Item Frequency Mhz EIRP
44 5150–5250 200mW
44A 5250–5350 200 mW
45 915–928 1W
45A 2400–2483.5 4W
45B 5725–5850 4W
46 5470–5725 1 W

Please Note:The EIRP Power is the maximum equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP) e.g. the output power of AP increased by antenna gain.