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Radio frequency license for radio transmitters and transcerivers used in Vietnam


EXTENDMAX - Pursuant to Circular No. 46/2016/TT-BTTTT (amended and supplemented by Circular No. 18/2018/TT-BTTTT) of the Ministry of Information and Communications of Vietnam (or a circular of the MIC which shall replace the Circular No. 46/2016/TT-BTTTT in the future), radio frequency license is required for transmitters and transceivers which are not under short-range radio group, and not exempted by Circular No. 46/2016/TT-BTTTT

Typical devices must apply for frequency licenses before using as below:

(1) Marine radar

(2) Microwave device

(3) Land mobile / fix radio

(4) MF / HF / VHF used on ships

(5) Satellite radio transmitter and transceivers

(6) Sound and television broadcasting radio transmitter and transceivers

(7) Wireless audio equipment used for sound and television broadcasting services

(8) TETRA equipment used in MRT systems and sky trains

(9) High power (up to 2W ERP) RFID reader used in automatic traffic toll collection system....

Important notes:

- The 2G / 3G / 4G / 5G cellular frequencies are subject to licensing, however, the users of the smart phone (or the terminal equipment) are not subjected to apply for a license but the responsibility for the frequency license belongs to the local network carriers. (eg: Mobiphone, Vinaphone, Viettel ..)

- The 2G / 3G / 4G / 5G cellular frequencies are for bidding / auction, not available to apply via normal procedure.

- SRDs that do not meet the technical conditions and operational conditions stated in Circular 46/2016/TT-BTTTT of the MIC are prohibited from import and use in Vietnam. No license frequency is available.

- For some special equipment, the frequency licensing will indicate the location of use and applicant must apply for licenses of all the locations although transmitting frequency is still same among the locations.

Procedures and requirements to apply for frequency license:

Pursuant to Circular No. 05/2015/TT-BTTTT (or a circular which shall replace this circular in the future), application dossier includes:

1 / Application form

2 / Identity card / ID card (personal) or Business Registration License / Investment License (legal entity)

3 / Other related licenses (Example of a license to establish a telecommunications network for radio and television)

4/ Other technical documents for some special equipment (antenna type, antenna gain, azimuth…)

Preview of Frequency license granted for high power RFID reader used in automatic traffic toll collection system


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