Insufficient frequencies: are theatre productions and trade fairs at risk of being cancelled?

Member of the German Bundestag for the FDP Christian Jung visited the cultural and creative industries in Karlsruhe / Politicians are not yet up to speed with many details regarding insufficient frequencies for wireless microphones

Member of the Bundestag for the FDP Christian Jung (centre) was briefed on the sound technology at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe. Productions are performed at this theatre using wireless microphones, whereas cable microphones are a thing of the past. (Photo: Maximilian Scheu)

Karlsruhe/Berlin. In December 2018, FDP Member of the Bundestag Christian Jung spent a day with representatives of the cultural and creative industries in Karlsruhe and the region to discuss the looming problems surrounding insufficient frequencies for wireless microphones. “The future use of 5G is on everyone’s lips,” said Jung, “but we shouldn’t only be dreaming about the distant future, but also be looking at 2019, because from then onwards there will be insufficient frequencies for wireless microphones being used everywhere in theatre and at trade fairs, and also in kindergartens for performances or in church services.”

Each individual device needs its own frequency in order to work. In the past, however, many suitable frequencies were auctioned off to mobile phone networks and are no longer available for wireless microphones. The affected institutions have to buy new equipment or, where possible, put contingency plans in place at considerable expense so that their performances or events are not disrupted. “This is a nightmare scenario not only for Karlsruhe, but for the whole of Germany,” said Christian Jung. The FDP politician claimed that the Federal Government was ignoring the problem. “What we need is not only an efficient mobile phone network, but also a functioning cultural landscape,” he added.

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