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TELE Greenland


Regulations for Use of Radio Equipment in Greenland

TELE Greenland Inc. operates the public telecommunication services in Greenland on behalf of the Greenland Home Rule.
Telecommunication to, from and within Greenland is based on fixed-satellite links, microwave links and a few single-channel radio-telephone connections.

Furthermore, TELE Greenland Inc. operates four coastal stations: Qaqortoq Radio, Nuuk Radio, Aasiaat Radio, and Ammassalik Radio.

These coastal stations participate in safety, distress and emergency communication as well as public correspondance in the maritime mobile service.

The use of radio equipment by projects and expeditions in Greenland must be restricted to such communication that are not or cannot handled by the public services. This implies that an issued radio permit will be used mainly to operate equipment for internal communication (i.e. between project/expedition groups or members) and for communication in case of distress or emergency.

For internal communication it is legal to use citizens' band (CB) equipment without a radio permit.

It is a prerequisite for the use of CB radios that the equipment is approved by the authorities in the home country of the project/expedition. The equipment must not be left behind in Greenland when the project/expedition departs.

If you want to use CB radios this must be stated in the application form as well as the approval number of the equipment.


When you hold a TELE Greenland radio licence the following frequences may be used:
2784 kHz, 3350 kHz, 3815 kHz, and in some cases 4050 kHz. Furthermore, on request frequences in the following bands can be allocated: 148.000 155.000 MHz and 445.000 445.975 MHz.

TELE Greenland's Radio Administration may choose to assign frequencies other than those requested.

If ships participate in the project/expedition or if there is a need to communicate with any of the coastal stations being within range of one of them it is possible to get a licence to use frequencies in the maritime services.
In each individual case an arrangement must be made on how to settle traffic with the coastal stations.
The frequency 122.8 MHz may be used for internal airground communication, if required.

It is a prerequisite that at least one member of the project/expedition holds a valid International Radio Telephone Operator's certificate or an Aeronautical Telephone Operator's certificate, as laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Greenland coastal stations cannot be expected to engage in 'en route' safety service similar to the service available to sea traffic.

In case of emergency it is the sole duty of the stations to forward distress or emergency calls to the pertinent authorities. For further information, see the Danish Polar Center's Cover Letter for Projects / Expeditions.
The project/expedition can be required to bring along an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon for use in the COSPAR/SARSAT system.

Foreign licensed radio amateurs are permitted to establish and use amateur radio stations during temporary stays in Greenland, provided that they possess a special transmitting licence issued by the pertinent foreign telecommunication administration under agreement made with the Danish Post and Telegraph Office or a CEPT licence.

In other cases foreign citizens who hold a valid amateur radio transmitting licence in their home country will normally get a temporary amateur radio transmitting licence for use in Greenland for a period not exceeding 3 months.

The licences issued may be subject to the consent by other Greenlandic authorities being obtained.

A licence is issued on the basis of information stated in an application form to be completed and submitted to TELE Greenland's Radio Administration no later than 1 month before the intiation of the planned use of radio equipment in Greenland.

To certify that the applicant indeed holds a valid amateur radio transmitting licence in her/his home country the application form must be endorsed by the telecommunication administration of the country concerned or be accompanied by a copy of the applicant's licence.

Citizens of countries with which Denmark/Greenland has no agreement on the issuing of special transmitting licences will also have to produce documentation on the requirements of the tests passed by the applicant to obtain a transmitting licence, as well as information about the frequency bands, power and classes of emission authorised by the licence of the country in question, e.g. in the form of a copy of terms and conditions for applying for a licence to operate an amateur radio station in that country.

Correspondance must not be exchanged with parties other than amateur radio stations, apart from cases of emergency and calls from post and telegraph stations.

When Greenland telecommunication stations render services that are not included in their normal working programmes these services will be subject to a charge. Details on debitor account, reimbursement address etc. must be arranged previously between the project / expedition and TELE Greenland.

Radio licences, telegrams as well as telephone, telefax and data communication shall be subject to fees in accordance with current charge rates.

Credit cards are not accepted as means of payment. A bank transfer is the quickest way of payment but fees can be paid also by using a post office cheque ('PostGiro' form) in any Danish or Greenlandic post office.

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Updated March 5, 2002