Two Way Radio Frequently Asked Questions

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Digital two way radio versus analogue two way radio

Digital two way commercial radios were created to ease frequency congestion and are unlikely to be affected by interference. Digital radio equipment provides clear audio to the very end of the range often extending the range significantly over analogue. Digital 2 way radios for business use are designed with noise cancelling technology, so you can be heard and hear more clearly even in extremely loud environments.

However there is nothing wrong with purchasing an analogue two way radio and they will still be around for some considerable time. If what you need is a simple, practical solution, then analogue could be the technology for you. Analogue two-way radios offer excellent performance allied with great value for money. Robust, stylish radios that deliver exactly what you need – simple, one-to-one, or one-to-group communication that keeps your business running smoothly.

Two-way radio versus mobile phone

Quality, robust business two way radios are designed to work all day. Professional commercial business two – way radios are robust compared to mobile phones and can withstand a drop. Two-way radios can be waterproof, dust proof and intrinsically safe.

Free communication between the radio units, no monthly contracts, no limits on usage.

Easy to use with very little training. Efficient, simple, effective solution that you can control and easily manage. Contact all of your team at once with an ‘all call’.

Press and talk. Save time critical seconds compared to a mobile phone (mobile network dial, connect and wait for someone to answer, if they answer!).

Providing communications where they are needed in areas of poor mobile coverage.

Unlicensed two way radios (Walkie Talkies)

Unlicensed (walkie talkie) radios are licence free two way radios. These radio units are pre-programmed by the manufacturer to standard frequencies across the 446 MHz range (hence why they are called 446 radios). This is a harmonised open channel to use across Europe although not necessarily authorised.

Why do I need a licenced two way business radio?

A licenced two way business radio has up to a powerful 5 Watts of transmission (hand-portables) – that’s over 4 times the power of licence free two way radios (unlicensed walkie-talkies) for truly professional clear audio sound.

How do I apply for an Ofcom licence?

You can apply direct to Ofcom for a business licence or we can obtain a licence on your behalf.

Find out more about Ofcom Radio Licence for Two Way Radio.

You can also buy a two-way radio licence through us.

What is the cost of an Ofcom two-way radio licence?

An Ofcom business radio licence can be obtained from £75 for 5 years.

Do I require an Ofcom business radio licence?

You will require an Ofcom radio licence if you purchase a commercial / business two way radio.

Find out more about Ofcom Radio Licence for Two Way Radio.

You can also buy a two-way radio licence through us.

What’s the range of business two-way radios?

The range is highly dependent on the terrain and conditions. Unfortunately there is no way of saying exactly what range you will get, as each site is completely unique. Sussex Communications can arrange for an onsite survey of the two way radio equipment to ensure it works across the area that you require. Digital two way radio equipment has clear audio right to the end of the range and this can be a lot further than an analogue two way radio.