New Spectrum for Audio PMSE

  • Start: 23 October 2015
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 18 December 2015

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 - 30 January 2018

Report on testing carried out by JCSys on DME transponders and DME interrogators while subjected to PMSE digital microphone signal environment.

Digital Microphone Test Report (PDF, 2.7 MB)

Update – 20 December 2016

Joint communication from Ofcom and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on PMSE sharing in the 960 to 1164 MHz band

Ofcom and the CAA have published jointly a communication on PMSE sharing in the 960 to 1164 MHz band. (PDF, 45.2 KB)

Update – 8 January 2016

In response to our consultation on new spectrum for audio PMSE some stakeholders 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 (PDF, 91.6 KB)’ provides the additional information requested.

We consequently reopened our consultation period and stakeholders who wish to comment further were invited to do so by 22 January 2016.

New Spectrum for Audio PMSE (PDF, 393.8 KB)

Main documents

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Responder name Type
Adrian_Bell_Sound_Ltd.pdf (PDF File, 10.2 KB) Individual
Andrew_Toms_AV.pdf (PDF File, 13.7 KB) Individual
BBC.pdf (PDF File, 110.0 KB) Individual
BEIRG.pdf (PDF File, 153.2 KB) Individual
Brian_Copsey.pdf (PDF File, 133.8 KB) Individual
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