Radio frequencies

FDP Member of the Bundestag Christian Jung.

The UHF frequency band from 470 to 694 MHz must continue to be available for the users of wireless production technologies (PMSE) and radio!

Berlin/Karlsruhe. The motion tabled in the Bundestag by the Free Democratic Party (FDP) entitled “safeguarding radio frequencies for media and culture for the long term” (German Bundestag printed paper 19/11035) will be deliberated on by the Committee on Transport and Digital Infrastructure in September 2019. In addition, a meeting of the rapporteurs on the committee will take place on 24 September 2019. FDP Member of the Bundestag Christian Jung made the following statement:

“Musicians, actors and others in creative occupations rely on wireless production technologies in their day-to-day work. Wireless production technologies are important tools within the value chain in the radio and PMSE (Programme Making and Special Events) fields.  

In Germany, hundreds of thousands of wireless microphones, in-ear systems, radio communications systems and other similar pieces of equipment are used, amongst other things, for theatre performances, concerts or professional services requiring event and conference technology.  

These systems require sufficient interference-free frequencies in the UHF spectrum. Yet this is under threat. Already today, there is a lack of frequencies in cities like Berlin, Mannheim or Karlsruhe, for example. The World Radiocommunication Conference which is taking place in Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt) may lead to a further worsening of Germany’s situation.   

Note should therefore be taken of the current position of the German association for media and entertainment technology (VPLT). The association emphasises that there is no alternative to the 470 – 694 MHz band for professional users of audio equipment. It has stressed that the loss of further frequencies would invariably lead to insurmountable problems at all types of events in Germany.  

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