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Professional/Private Mobile Radio (PMR) - for groups with their own communications requirements

The Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) is responsible for issuing licences for radio communication and the management of the radio frequency spectrum. This page contains information about the procurement, use and termination of PMR.

This is PMR

  • A PMR network is a mobile radio communications network for internal use for a limited group with its own communication requirements.
  • PMR can be one-to-one communication or one-to-many.
  • PMR networks are geographically defined.

Areas of use

Typical user groups are emergency services, transport and industry. PMR networks are also used for larger arrangements such as sporting events and concerts.

Licence

A licence is required to use the frequencies.

Licence application

Applications can be sent to Nkom. The application form is at the bottom of the page or can be obtained from radio dealers.

Rules for use

Only those with a licence are permitted to use PMR equipment. The licence holder is responsible for no unauthorised parties gaining access to the network and radio equipment.

It is not unusual that more than one licence holder share the same radio channel. This entails that other users can hear what is being said.

It is standard radio procedure to listen before activating the radio transmitter and starting to speak. This is done to avoid interrupting others who are in the process of conveying messages.

Administrative charges

The Storting (Norwegian Parliament) has decided that Nkom's activities must be self-financed. This means that all services must be paid for. This is done in the form of administrative charges.

  • For PMR networks, the administrative charges are associated with the licence and must be paid for as long as this is valid. This entails that administrative charges must still be paid even if, for example, radio equipment has not been procured or the communications network has not been put into service/or is not operational.
  • The administrative charges follow the calendar year.

Invoices that are sent must be paid in their entirety. 

For more information see "Administrative Charges Payable to the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority" .

Changes

When changes are required on the PMR network, the holder of the licence must contact Nkom in advance.

  • Fixed radio installations: The relocation of fixed installations (base or control stations), extension of the PMR network with more base or control stations and changes to the technical situation, must not occur without prior written consent having first been obtained from Nkom.
  • Mobile radio stations: The licence holder must immediately report in writing the number of mobile radio stations that are being changed. If the extension includes 15 or more stations, authorisation must be applied for in advance.
  • Changes to names and addresses: Changes to the licence holder's name and/or address must immediately be reported to Nkom in writing.
  • Imposed changes: Nkom may issue orders to make changes if the technical development, the interests of other users of radio frequencies or other circumstances make this necessary.

Termination of the licence

There are two ways in which a licence can be terminated: The holder terminates the licence or Nkom withdraws the licence. Notice of termination must be sent to Nkom. Notice must be in writing, dated and signed by the holder. The licence will be terminated when Nkom has received valid notice of termination. Annual administrative charges that have been paid will not be refunded even if the termination is registered during the calendar year. In order to avoid the payment obligations for the following calendar year, the termination of the licence must have been received by Nkom prior to the start of the next administrative charge period which commences on 1 January each year. If the licence is terminated after a new administrative charge period has commenced, the administrative charges that have been paid will not be refunded and the holder will still be liable for claims that have not been paid in the year of termination.

Supervision

Nkom monitors compliance with the rules. Nkom's Section for Frequency Monitoring can assist in the event of interruptions and noise on radio communications. Nkom also conducts random inspections of radio stations and the technical condition of the radio networks.

Sanctions

Serious breach of the provisions in law, regulations and/or conditions will result in the withdrawal of the licence. Breach of payment obligations will result in debt collection and possible withdrawal of the licence. Illegal use of radio communications and radio equipment can be punished with imprisonment and fines.

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