Wireless microphones and assistive listening devices

The use of wireless microphones and hearing aids require in some cases license from PTS.

In the same way as the use of other radio transmitters in Sweden, a license is required for wireless audio transmission under the Electronic Communications Act. There are however exceptions where license is not required. What applies to different frequencies can be read in the following table.

Please note that the frequency band 1785-1805 MHz is now available for wireless audio transmission and that the frequency band 694-790MHz will no longer be available after 2017-12-31, see table below. Regarding the band 694-790MHz we advise against new purchase of equipment using that band since the use will not be allowed after 2017-12-31.

Licenses for wireless audio transmission in different frequency band

Frequency band (MHz)

Licence exemption / licence required

Max e.r.p. (mW)

Remarks

41–43,6

Exemption

10

 

174–240

Licence required

50

License can currently be issued until 2019-12-31

470–790

Licence required

50

License can currently be issued until 2019-12-31

From about 2018-01-01, new terms and conditions apply to this type of license. See below.

823–826

Exemption

10

Handheld

823–826

Exemption

50

Bodyworn

826–832

Exemption

50

 

863–865

Exemption

10

 

1785-1805

Licence required

20

License can be issued until 2019-12-31
Handheld

1785-1805

Licence required

50

License can be issued until 2019-12-31
Body-worn

Application

Below you will find the application form as well as information on how to apply for licenses for:

E-service

By using the electronic service, you can search the available frequencies for licensed wireless audio transmission in the frequency range 470-790 MHz. Link to electronic service

Fees

See the heading land mobile communication system in the simplified version of the PTS regulations on fees that is in the link below.

The complete regulation on fees can be found here: PTS regulations on fees (only i Swedish)

Information on the use of the frequency bands that are primarily used for digital broadcasting services

The use of wireless audio transmission in the broadcasting bands 174-240 and the 470-790 MHz (470-694 MHz from 1 January 2018), takes place at the frequencies in the band which is not used by any broadcaster or digital audio radio transmitters in the geographical area, the so-called "white space".

New frequencies for wireless microphones and hearing aids – review your equipment well in advance!

From January 2018, wireless microphones/hearing aids gets less frequency space in the TV band.

Frequency allocation for wireless microphones and assistive listening devices in the TV band 470-790 MHz will be smaller. The new assignment in the 470-694 MHz band is done in conjunction with the extension of licenses in accordance with Chapter 3. 12 a of the Act (2003:389) on Electronic Communications.

Those who have frequencies in current TV band will see the new and smaller frequency allocation in the extended license that PTS send to you.

Avoid new purchases of wireless microphones and hearing aids equipment using 694-790 MHz, because the use from 1 January 2018 is illegal in this frequency band.

The reduction in the allocation for wireless microphones and hearing aids is a consequence of a decision from the Government concerning the band 694-790 MHz.

The use of wireless microphones and assistive listening devices is however possible in several other frequency bands. Note that the frequency band 1785-1805 MHz was recently designated for wireless audio transmission under EU Commission decision (implementing decisions on 1 September 2014 on harmonized technical conditions for the radio spectrum used by wireless PMSE-audio equipment in the Union).

PTS presentation "Spectrum regulation of wireless audio use" March 2015 (pdf, new window) (only in Swedish)