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FCC Licensing and Narrowbanding

One of the biggest issues many communications systems face is the need for licensing, or the question of whether licensing is needed. FCC licensing is a big deal in today’s communications industry, and depending on the power of the device, it can even apply to simple two-way communications. The best way to ensure that you are meeting all of the requisite needs and compliance for FCC licensing is to go with a leading professional in the communications industry. Learn how Teltronic can help you get in compliance while providing the very best in two-way professional communications technology.

The FCC closely monitors the use of the airwaves to make sure that licensees’ bands are free of interference, and that communications are being used for the right purposes. When it comes to FCC licensing and narrowbanding, you can’t be too careful.

As of January 1, 2013 the FCC issued a requirement for all Public Safety and Industrial or Business licensees that uses radio systems in the 25kHz range, either VHF or UHF, to migrate to at least 12.5 kHz efficiency. If your system operates on VHF between 150-174 MHz, or UHF between 421 and 512 MHz, you may need to make adjustments to avoid fines of anywhere from $16,000 to $112,500 per day of violation.

Licensing Services

Teltronic works with certified licensed frequency coordinators to make sure that our clients are always in compliance with FCC current requirements. When you are taking on a new application, a renewal of an existing one or a relocation or modification of your service, we can make sure you stay in full compliance. We can also help you prepare for all future licensing requirements.

DON'T WAIT and risk the fines and penalties you may pay. Give us a call today to make sure you're meeting all of the FCC licensing requirements.

FCC Licensing

Teltronic, Inc. works closely with a licensed frequency coordinator on current FCC licensing requirements. We can assist you with new applications, renewals, relocations, and modifications as well as help you prepare for your future communication licensing requirements.  

Contact us to obtain more information or request assistance in obtaining your FCC License.  

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Important Links:
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FCC Rules


Narrowbanding FCC Mandate:

You are now past the FCC Narrowbanding mandate and you may need to make some decisions to adjust to the Narrowbanding requirements. Teltronic is here to help make the transition for you. Please contact us for assistance in this process.  

Who is Affected?

All Land Mobile Part 90, 25 kHz efficiency systems operating on the following frequency bands:

-VHF (150-174 MHz)
-UHF (421-512 MHz)

Operation in violation of the Commission's rules may subject licensees to appropriate enforcement action, including admonishments, license revocation, and/or monetary forfeitures of up to $16,000 for each such violation or each day of a continuing violation and up to $112,500 for any single act or failure to act.

Read More In This Public Notice from The FCC.

Frequently Asked Questions:  

What is Narrowbanding?

In an effort to promote more efficient use of spectrum, the FCC mandated all VHF and UHF Public Safety and Industrial Business licensees using 25 kHz land mobile radio (LMR) systems migrate to narrowband 12.5 kHz efficiency technology by January 1, 2013.  

What is spectrum efficiency?

Currently the UHF and VHF frequency bands are congested and often there is not enough spectrum available for licensees to expand their existing systems or implement new systems. This mandate requires licensees to operate more efficiently, either on narrower channel bandwidths or increased voice paths on existing channels. This will allow creation of additional channels within the same spectrum, thereby supporting more users.  

What does "Equivalent Efficiency" mean?

The FCC does not mandate channel width, it mandates spectrum efficiency. FCC rules require 12.5 kHz or equivalent efficiency. Any of the following meet the 12.5 kHz equivalent efficiency requirement:

-One voice path in a 12.5 kHz channel
-Two voice paths in a 25 kHz channel
-Data rates of 4.8 kbps per 6.25 kHz channel, such as 9.6 kbps per 12.5 kHz and 19.2 kbps per 25 kHz channel

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