Businesses and community groups that use wireless microphones on the 694-820 megahertz (MHz) frequency range will need to switch their systems to a new frequency by January 2015.
Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said it would no longer be lawful to operate wireless microphones and other audio devices in that frequency range beyond 31 December 2014.
“These changes are part of the Federal government’s work to clear a specific radiofrequency spectrum (known as the ‘digital dividend’) to provide 4G mobile broadband services from 1 January 2015,” Mr Ryan said.
“Spectrum located in the 694-820 MHz frequency range will be used solely to provide 4G mobile broadband services, and any system currently using this frequency must be switched over to prevent interference to mobile broadband services.”
Mr Ryan said he understood that many community groups and small businesses used wireless microphones for a range of purposes, including school assemblies, religious services, theatre and live music performances and sporting events.
“The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) can assist wireless microphone users to transition their wireless microphones to a new frequency,” Mr Ryan said.
“The ACMA has a range of resources to make it as easy as possible for people to prepare for the changes.”
Mr Ryan said the ACMA’s resources included:
- A wireless microphone hub—an online one-stop-shop for information on the changes www.acma.gov.au/Industry/wirelessmics;
- Fact sheets that provides for ‘plug and play’ users (such as community groups and small businesses), professional users and suppliers of wireless microphones; and
- Free, monthly e-bulletin that provides updates on the ACMA’s work on helping users prepare for the changes. Users can subscribe to the e-bulletin via the wireless microphone hub.
“I strongly encourage users to check their equipment and to start planning for the change now, so that they know that their equipment will comply with the change by 1 January 2015,” Mr Ryan said.
A fact sheet containing more information can be obtained by phoning Mr Ryan’s Sale office on 5144 1987.
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