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Applying for a frequency licence

A frequency licence entitles the right to use radio frequencies under the terms and conditions determined by the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority. A radio licence of a vessel or aircraft and the working permit of an amateur radio station are also considered to be frequency licences.

The database for issued frequency licences is located in the register of economic activities

To acquire a frequency licence, you need to submit a standard application to the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority.

If a person is applying for a frequency licence for using radio frequencies in broadcasting, a broadcasting licence or a written agreement with a broadcasting organisation that owns a broadcasting licence needs to be added to the application for their programme to be broadcast.

The Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority notifies the frequency licence applicant within one week from receiving the application if there are any deficiencies in the application and sets a deadline for eliminating them.

Before issuing a frequency licence, the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority shall notify the frequency licence applicant of the following limitations either in writing or electronically if the applicant agrees to this:

  • technology definition, for which the radio frequency use right has been issued
  • the purpose, usage, and the area of use or location of the radio frequency
  • the requirements of the effective and efficient use of radio frequency
  • technical terms and conditions for using the radio frequencies
  • technical terms and conditions for preventing radio interference
  • requirements arising from an international agreement

Limitations are notified of with explanations for their application.

To acquire a frequency licence, the applicant must pay the state fee within five working days after notification of the state fee.

 

 

The Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority shall issue the frequency licence after submitting all the required documents and paying the state fee:

  • within six weeks, if using the radio frequencies does not require international co-ordination
  • within eight months, if using the radio frequencies requires international co-ordination

Before issuing a frequency licence for servicing air traffic with the help of radio communications, navigation or monitoring equipment, the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority shall co-ordinate the terms and conditions of the frequency licence with the frequency coordinator of the International Civil Aviation Organisation for Estonia.

The frequency licence is valid for one year, unless the applicant wants a shorter term.

The validity term of a vessel or aircraft radio licence is three years, unless the applicant wants a shorter term.

Issuing of the frequency licence shall be decided by resolution of the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority.

If the owner of the frequency licence submits a written request, the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority shall issue the applicant a written confirmation of their rights and obligations for using the radio frequencies given to them with the frequency licence within three working days from receiving such a request.

The Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority shall issue a vessel or aircraft radio licence onto an internationally acknowledged form, which shall be delivered to the applicant via snail mail with a notice of delivery or in some other way.

The Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority may deny issuing a frequency licence, if:

  • the applicant has submitted wrongful data
  • the applicant’s activities may harm people’s health or the environment
  • there are no free radio frequency channels
  • use of the radio frequencies is not in compliance with the Estonian radio frequency allocation plan or the legislation that regulates the usage of radio frequencies
  • use of the radio frequencies is not in compliance with the terms and conditions arising from an international agreement
  • use of the radio frequencies may cause radio interference
  • use of the radio frequencies may interfere with the operation of the technical surveillance stationary equipment installed by the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority at the place where they are located
  • use of the radio frequencies is inefficient
  • use of the radio frequencies shall not be harmonised within the international harmonisation or
  • the state fee has not been paid

The resolution of the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority regarding the refusal to issue a radio frequency licence shall be delivered to the applicant within three working days from making the decision at the latest.

If the frequency licence is not issued due to no available radio frequency channel or because the usage of the radio frequency shall not be harmonised within the international harmonisation, the application shall be put on the waiting list, if desired.

 

 

Applications and licence forms

Aircraft radio licence application (36.93 KB, DOCX) (68.65 KB, RTF)

Joint frequency licence application (177.14 KB, RTF)

Frequency licence application (93.26 KB, RTF)

Frequency licence application for space communications earth station (212.81 KB, RTF)

Vessel radio licence application (72.09 KB, RTF) (20.63 KB, RTF)

 

Liability

The fine for the illegal use of a radio frequency or for violating the usage terms and conditions shall be up to 300 penalty units.

The fine for the illegal use of a radio frequency or for violating the usage terms and conditions by a legal person shall be 3,200 €.

Acquisition of information with radio equipment on radio communications participants and the message they are transmitting by a person not participating in these radio communications or use of such information, shall be fined up to 300 penalty units.

Acquisition of information with radio equipment on radio communications participants and the message they are transmitting by a person not participating in these radio communications or use of such information by a legal person, shall be fined up to 3,200 €.

Transmitting of an incorrect or misleading message in radio communications that could compromise the safety of aircraft, vessels, land vehicles or people, or impair the operation of any kind of rescue service, shall be fined up to 300 penalty units.

Transmitting of an incorrect or misleading message in radio communications that could compromise the safety of aircraft, vessels, land vehicles, or people or impair the operation of any kind of rescue service, committed by a legal person, shall be fined up to 3,200 €.

 

The state fee shall be paid pursuant to the State Fees Act.

The state fees need to be paid to a current account of the Ministry of Finance:

  • SEB - EE891010220034796011
  • Swedbank - EE932200221023778606
  • Luminor Bank - EE701700017001577198

Reference number: 2900080063

The Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority shall check the receipt of the state fee electronically.

State fee shall not be taken for operations related to:

the number licences of the domestic emergency short number and the common European emergency number 112 and the emergency psychological help obligatory short number

frequency licences for a radio frequency used for environmental monitoring

frequency licence for the radio frequency bands 380-385 MHz and 390-395 MHz

The following are exempt from paying the state fee:

  • Estonian Defence Forces in the case of operations related to using the radio frequency channel provided for the Defence Forces in the radio frequency allocation plan
  • an authority administered by the Ministry of the Interior when performing a task in its competence and using the radio communications equipment required for this
  • owner of a vessel radio licence when adding radio equipment to the radio licence established in the safety equipment list of the Maritime Safety Act
  • owner of an aircraft radio licence upon adding radio equipment to the radio license, required to ensure the safety of human lives
  • owner of a vessel and aircraft radio licence upon adding radio equipment without a frequency licence and used and installed on the vessel and aircraft
  • owner of a frequency licence upon adding reserve radio broadcasting equipment to the frequency licence if the equipment is used under the terms and conditions determined by the frequency licence
  • a person with the radio limitation right upon limiting radio communications to ensure law and order as well as national security
  • the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority upon engaging in activities related to frequency licences required for performing tasks in its competence