response of Pearle to consultation on draft RSPG Opinion on WRC-23
the paper focuses on Item 1.5 of the WRC Agenda, dealing with the UHF Band.

Based on the options presented in the consultation paper, the RSPG should recommend to the EC for its position to be one of “no change”, in line with the EU’s policy objectives.

As spectrum is scarce and a public good, regulators must ensure that all stakeholders and industries use the spectrum in the most efficient way. The wireless microphone equipment manufacturers have done so on a continuous basis the past years and the shared spectrum between broadcasting and PMSE is a best practice example in that context.

Culture and entertainment are drivers of economy in any part of the world and provide the content on which the mobile industry thrives. For Europe it’s also about the intrinsic value that culture embraces, through the social cohesion, the European values, the democratic access to culture and news.

Pearle* is part of the Wider Spectrum Group. The WSG responds regularly to EC and RSPG consultations. The WSG has also responded to this consultation. The contribution of Pearle* is intended to complement a number of the arguments set out in the WSG paper.

Members of Pearle* are end users of wireless microphone equipment, which they use on a daily basis in performances, concerts, shows, and other events, such as conferences or meetings taking place in their venues or at festivals. It concerns both indoor and outdoor use. It is therefore an important part of the PMSE group.

As end users our members have a direct interest to have access to well-functioning and reliable equipment for a substantial number of years to benefit in an optimal way of the investment they made when buying the equipment. Therefore the basic condition is to be able to rely on access to the spectrum on a permanent basis and with the highest assurance of audio quality. 

The UHF band is the only band that meets all the conditions, provided PMSE can continue to share the band with broadcasting, where there is no problem of interference.

the paper sets out a number of arguments from the perspective of the live event sector.


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