The DTG was recently delighted to host an informative debate on Programme Making & Special Events (PMSE) as part of its DTG Spectrum Access Forum activity. With speakers from the Department of Culture, Media & Sport, Ofcom, BBC, NATS and Sky as well as manufacturers Sennheiser and Shure the discussions reflected a broad range of opinion.

Programme Making and Special Events (PMSE) Audio Applications will lose the potential to access approximately 100MHz of spectrum on a secondary basis when 700MHz clearance happens. The full impact of 700MHz clearance will not be known until the UK's detailed plans for DTT in the remaining UHF band are made available.

One solution proposed by Ofcom to the reduction in spectrum available to PMSE, is for PMSE audio applications to share spectrum used by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) between 960MHz and 1164MHz. This was hotly debated at the event with strong views on the decision from the audience who agreed a technical, rather than a political discussion, was now required.

Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of the DTG added: “This is an important issue and it was great to have so many stakeholders discuss how to tackle it in a relaxed, open and neutral setting. The mission of our Spectrum Access Forum is to ‘provide an open platform for participants to cooperate on the identification of opportunities to utilise spectrum more efficiently through new applications and spectrum sharing.’ Our aim was to ensure attendees are fully informed about the key background issues and have an opportunity to discuss which actions, decisions and milestones are required to enable a roadmap to be built and maintained for the PMSE community.”

Alex Buchan, Principal RF Engineer at the DTG said: “In addition to debating 960-1164MHz we wanted to explore the development of a DTG work-stream to support the PMSE community through these and future changes. Our aim is to ensure PMSE is front of mind on future spectrum allocation debates and to form an independent coordinated message from all areas of the PMSE sector that can be clearly delivered to regulators and government.”

The event was supported by DTG Members and the networking drinks reception which followed was kindly sponsored by Sky UK.

DTG Staff  |  20.07.2016

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