Michael O’Brien MP, Member for Malvern, is alerting local community groups and small businesses that use wireless audio transmitters to prepare for important changes taking effect from 1 January 2015.
In 2010, the Federal Government declared the 694-820 MHz frequency range as the ‘digital dividend’, to be used for new communication services. As the transition between analog and digital broadcasting is complete, the frequencies between 694-820 MHz will be transitioned for use of 4G services to meet Australia’s growing demand for faster, greater coverage mobile broadband services.
Many wireless audio transmitters currently operate in the spectrum located at frequency range 694-820 MHz, but from 1 January 2015 it will be illegal to use these devices in this range.
“Organisations and businesses that use wireless audio devices such as microphones, in-ear monitoring systems, public announcement systems and musical pick-ups should check their existing equipment now to make sure they are prepared for the change as of 1 January 2015”, Mr O’Brien said.
“I urge you to contact your suppliers with questions about your specific wireless audio transmitter. They can advise the most suitable frequency range for your location.”
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For more information on these changes, please visit the Australian Communications and Media Authority at www.acma.gov.au