Difference between licensed and unlicensed Walkie Talkies

In this brief blog post, I am going to briefly point out the Differences between the licensed and unlicensed frequency bands for Walkie Talkies.

Licensed Walkie Talkies

Let’s start this with what the Walkie Talkie license actually is. A Walkie Talkie license provides you with a unique frequency on which you can operate your Walkie Talkies legally and securely. This license is obtained from Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) in the Uganda. The basic and most common license fee per walkie talkie starts from 50,000 UGX per year, and for base stations fees per base station start from 70,000 UGX per year.

When you obtain your license UCC will provide you with the unique frequency on which your Walkie Talkies will transmit. With a Site Specific License there are no legal ways other parties can listen to your conversations and all critical information is safe.

Secondly, licensed Walkie Talkies are 8 x more powerful and in open territory can have a coverage of up to 2.5 miles. If you require larger coverage or you work in difficult terrain there exists options how to increase the coverage by using repeaters.

 unlicensed Walkie Talkies

  • When you purchase your license-free Walkie Talkies you are all ready to use them out of the box.
  • work over a smaller area and you don’t need a large coverage (depending on territory license-free should provide coverage of about 1 mile).

Disadvantages of license-free Walkie Talkies are that other users can transmit on the same frequency therefore you might receive unwanted traffic and hear conversations of other people. It also works both ways – the people operating on the same frequency can hear your conversations.

Therefore, we usually don’t recommend license-free Walkie Talkies for institutions where sensitive information might be released during the usage of two way Walkie Talkies.


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