Fixed service

In telecommunications, a fixed service (or fixed radiocommunication service) is a radiocommunication service between specified fixed points.[1]

Directional (beam) aerials, of fixed radio relay stations.


The ITU Radio Regulations (article 1) classify variations of this radiocommunication service as follows:
Fixed service


Aerials of the ACE High troposcatter relay station, Lefkada
HF aerial on roof of the Chinese embassy in Berlin

In line with national regulations there are numerous radio applications in accordance with ITU RR article 1.20 on fixed services. These include:

Frequency allocationEdit

The allocation of radio frequencies is provided according to Article 5 of the ITU Radio Regulations (edition 2012).[2]

In order to improve harmonisation in spectrum utilisation, the majority of service-allocations stipulated in this document were incorporated in national Tables of Frequency Allocations and Utilisations which is with-in the responsibility of the appropriate national administration. The allocation might be primary, secondary, exclusive, and shared.

  • primary allocation: is indicated by writing in capital letters (see example below)
  • secondary allocation: is indicated by small letters
  • exclusive or shared utilization: is within the responsibility of administrations

However, military usage, in bands where there is civil usage, will be in accordance with the ITU Radio Regulations. In NATO countries military fixed utilizations will be in accordance with NATO Joint Civil/Military Frequency Agreement (NJFA).

An example of frequency allocation in the 8.3–110 kHz range would be:

Allocation to services
     Region 1           Region 2           Region 3     
14-19.95        FIXED


  1. ^ ITU Radio Regulations, Section IV. Radio Stations and Systems – Article 1.20, definition: fixed service / fixed radiocommunication service
  2. ^ ITU Radio Regulations, CHAPTER II – Frequencies, ARTICLE 5 Frequency allocations, Section IV – Table of Frequency Allocations
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