Policy areas /overview / detail
Jan 12, 2011
FUTURE USE OF WIRELESS MICROPHONES AND RADIO SPECTRUM & THE DIGITAL DIVIDEND
Wireless microphones are an essential tool for live performances across Europe. Each production needs access to high quality radio spectrum, relying on the 800 MHz frequency bands.
The Commission wishes to accelerate the technical harmonisation of the 800 MHz band, to open the opportunities for the electronic communications services to use this frequency range. The use of digital frequencies is not an option for the performing arts sector, since this technology comes with a slight time-delay, which makes it impossible to synchronize. The sector has other aims than purely commercial ones, which makes it impossible for the live performance sector to compete with other commercial sectors. The digital switchover would have important consequences for live performance organisations, with great economic impact on the costs of productions.
Pearle* calls upon the EU and its Member States to grant exception to the sector to be subject to trading of rights. The need to safeguard some spectrum out of the range for allocation to other users must be stressed. The digital dividend must gradually, wisely and efficiently be shared amongst users. Any abrupt change would be detrimental for the sector. A specific strategy at EU level should be developed to ensure the continuation of existing PMSE events allowing to guarantee high quality of live performance events.
Various relevant position papers concerning this subject can be found under the links below.