Ofcom prepares for heightened spectrum demand at Glasgow 2014 Games

Ofcom has published its final plans for ensuring that the spectrum demands for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are met.

Nearly 3000 accredited media will descend on Glasgow between 23 July – 3 August 2014 for the Games, bringing with them an unprecedented need for spectrum – the wireless infrastructure that underpins all forms of mobile communication.

Demand will be fuelled by the increasing use of wireless technologies by broadcasters, such as wireless cameras and wireless microphones, which will deliver dramatic and close-up action coverage to a potential global audience of over a billion people worldwide.

Demand from wireless technologies that will help ensure the smooth running of the Games is likely to be significantly heightened, with broadcasters aiming to get viewers ever closer to the action.

Careful management of Scotland’s airwaves will be essential for the coverage and organisation of the Games. However, Ofcom has been working on planning since 2009 to ensure that viewers will not miss any of the sporting action.

To meet the extra demands during Games time, Ofcom has developed a plan to secure additional capacity. This will be achieved in three main ways: By borrowing spectrum on a short-term basis from public sector bodies, such as the Ministry of Defence; ensuring that civil spectrum is used efficiently by making unused frequencies available. An example of this is spectrum that will shortly be auctioned by Ofcom, but is currently not being used and by using spectrum that is available without the need for a licence.

Ofcom’s Vicki Nash said: “We’ve been working behind the scenes for a long time now to ensure that the demands on Glasgow’s finite spectrum reserves will be met. It’s great to see Ofcom’s extensive experience and expertise in spectrum management showcased in such a high profile way with an event like Glasgow 2014. We look forward to providing a seamless service to the thousands of users that will be depending on spectrum over the course of the 12 day event.”

DTG Staff  |  08.11.2013

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