New Spectrum for Audio PMSE

Consultation published 23|10|2015, Statement published 10|03|2016

About this document

The Programme Making and Special Events (PMSE) sector relies on radio spectrum for wireless applications that are used in the production and staging of a wide range of live and broadcast entertainment events.

The planned release of the 700 MHz band for mobile services will reduce the amount of spectrum available for audio PMSE use – such as wireless microphones and in-ear monitors.

Ofcom intends to mitigate the effect of this reduction in spectrum access, with a focus on finding appropriate, alternative spectrum for PMSE users.

Today’s consultation looks at a technical sharing analysis of the 960-1164 MHz and 1525-1559 MHz bands, and a proposal to allow access to spectrum in the 960-1164 MHz band. Audio PMSE users would share access to this band with aeronautical radio navigation services.

The document also sets out an assessment of spectrum demand and supply for audio links, talkback, telemetry and telecommand.

We invite stakeholders to comment on our provisional conclusions.

Update – 8 January 20|16

In response to our consultation on new spectrum for audio PMSE (Programme Making and Special Events) some stakeholders have requested additional information on the coexistence modelling in the aeronautical band 960 MHz to 1164 MHz. The document ‘Further details on approach to modelling and sharing in the band 960-1164 MHz’ provides the additional information requested.

We have reopened our consultation period and stakeholders who wish to comment further in view of this information should do so by 22 January 2016.