Tuesday, 19 December 2006

Ofcom's Digital Dividend Review

Ofcom have today published the Digital Dividend Review which consults on how they wish to dispose of the spectrum released when analogue TV is closed down in the UK, plus the channels 36 and 69 which do not have TV but which Ofcom also wishes to deal with. This is required reading for everyone interested in the provison of PMSE facilities or in the industries using them. The various documents can be found here.
Consultation published: 19|12|2006
Consultation closes: 20|03|2007

Tuesday, 12 December 2006

Spectrum Auction at 2 GHz

Ofcom is consulting on its intention to auction 215 MHz of spectrum in three bands between 2010 and 2690 MHz. The largest band is 2500 - 2690 MHz, currently used by PMSE video links which will be displaced when the auction is completed. PMSE licensees have already been advised that they must leave this spectrum. Two small bands at 2015 – 2025 and 2290 – 2300 MHz are also available and these are adjacent to PMSE digital link spectrum.
In its document, Ofcom includes PMSE amongst the uses for which this spectrum would be suitable. Anyone wishing to use any of it for PMSE will however need to out-bid the major telecoms network operators who will be competing for it. The Consultation can be found here.

Ofcom Draft Annual Plan for 2007/8

Ofcom has published its draft Action Plan for 2007/8.
A brief study of the Plan reveals little of direct relevance to PMSE, other than Ofcom's intention of "determining future policy toward ... programme-making and special events".
It does however confirm Ofcom's continuing dedication to the auction process as a way of allocating spectrum. The Plan can be found here.

Thursday, 7 December 2006

BEIRG in Face To Face talks with Ofcom

On the morning of Tuesday 5th December 2006 members of BEIRG along with representatives from AMPS – Association of Motion Picture Sound, IBS – the Institute of Broadcast Sound, PLASA – the Professional Lighting & Sound Association, PSA – the Production Services Agency met with Ofcom under the umbrella title of the PMSE Pro User Group.
A report on the meeting can be downloaded here.
A copy of the presentation given to Ofcom can be downloaded here.

Ofcom Economic Study Published

Ofcom has published its consultants' study "Economic impact of the use of radio spectrum in UK" which fails to recognise the importance of spectrum used for PMSE. Programme-making is mentioned only briefly, coupled with news. Theatres, shows and other forms of entertainment using radio spectrum are ignored entirely. The study can be read here