Friday, September 20, 2013
Older wireless microphones to become illegal
Wireless audio device users Scott Doyle (left), Nick Carroll, the Reverend Mark Pearce and Irene Nickole. Photo: Simon Schluter
And all wireless microphones sold in Australia must now come with a written warning if the equipment only operates at the 700 megahertz frequency. The Australian Communications and Media Authority also plans to restrict the supply of non-compliant wireless microphones in the market.
Meanwhile, user groups told Fairfax Media they will continue to pressure the federal government for financial help for an estimated 150,000 wireless microphone users who need to upgrade their equipment.
Wireless microphones that transmit at between 694 megahertz and 820 megahertz would become illegal to use after December 31, 2014, because those frequencies have been sold to mobile network operators and would be handed over on January 1, 2015.