Licenses

The use of frequencies usually requires a license from the Danish Energy Agency. However, there are frequencies for unlicensed use for maritime radio services, aeronautical radio services, ground based aeronautical radio services, amateur and amateur-satellite service and other services.

Application for frequency licence

To apply for a frequency licence, please download, fill-in and return the pdf form “Application for temporary frequency licence” to frekvens@ens.dk. This form is also used for applying for permanent licences. In such a case, write the word “Permanent” in the “Service period”-field of the form.

Download the pdf form “Application for temporary frequency licence"

Application processing

The Danish Energy Agency will begin the processing of the application as soon as possible after receiving the correctly filled out form. However, processing times of up to 15 working days must be expected.

In more urgent matters, please take direct contact to one of our contact persons.

Contact

In case of questions related to the application for frequency licences, please refer to Henrik Rosenkrantz, e-mail: hros@ens.dk, +45 33 92 75 01 or Dennis Tipsmark Lykke, e-mail: dly@ens.dk, +45 33 92 75 79.

Issue of licences

Licences will preferably be issued according to the first come first served principle.

If frequency scarcity is in evidence a decision has to be made on how to issue the licences. If essential public interest considerations have to be met in connection with the issue of licences the Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate will decide the assignment method (auction, public tender or first come first served). If frequency scarcity is in evidence but there are no essential public interest considerations to be met, the Danish Energy Agency will hold an auction of the licences.

 If you want to apply for a temporary frequency licence, please use our application form.

Duration of licences

Licences to use frequencies will normally be issued for a duration of 15 years.

Licences issued on the basis of an auction or a public tender process will often be subject to terms prescribing a specific duration in connection with the auction or tender process.

The duration of licences to use frequencies for radio or TV purposes is dependent on the right to provide programme services or distribute sound and television programmes by means of terrestrial digital broadcasting networks that the licensee has been granted under the Radio and Television Broadcasting Act.

Licences to use frequencies for test purposes will usually have a duration of one year.

Transfer of licences

Licences to use frequencies can be transferred and returned in their entirety. In addition one or more parts of a licence split up either in frequencies or geographically can be transferred or returned.

In principle all transfers can be made without the prior approval of the Danish Energy Agency. However, enterprises must inform the Danish Energy Agency of their plans for transferring a licence or parts of it. The Danish Energy Agency will publish this information.

The Danish Energy Agency must be notified of the transfer when this is completed. The Danish Energy Agency will then issue a licence to the new licensee or licensees if the licence has been split up.

For licences issued on the basis of an auction or a public tender process the Minister for Energy, Utili-ties and Climate may lay down rules prescribing that transfer of parts of such a licence must be approved by the Danish Energy Agency before the transfer can be carried out. This is because public interest consid-erations may have to be met in these cases.

Charges and fees

Charges must be paid for licences to use frequencies. A fee must be paid for the issue of certificates, call signs and for radio amateur examinations.

Frequency charges and fees are collected by the Danish Energy Agency and are fixed under the Finance Act and in Executive Orders.

The current fees can be found here (in Danish)

Radio and TV

Special regulations are applicable to frequencies designated for radio or TV purposes in the frequency plan.

In order for the Danish Energy Agency to issue licences for these frequencies to be used for radio or TV purposes the applicant must have a right to provide programme services or distribute sound and television programmes as required under the Radio and Television Broadcasting Act.

However, if it is desired to use frequencies for radio or TV purposes for a different purpose it will not be a condition that the applicant holds such programme or distribution rights under the Radio and Television Broadcasting Act. But if the holder of a licence wishes to use the frequencies for a purpose other than radio or TV, he must accept that the Danish Energy Agency - following negotiation with the Minister of Culture - may revoke the licence at a shorter notice (six months) if such revocation is made in order to meet media policy considerations.

Contact

Henrik Rosenkrantz
Advisor (AC) (+45) 3392 7501
Dennis Tipsmark Lykke
Special Advisor
Hugo Engelstoft Hansen
Advisor (+45) 3392 6894
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