Programme making and special events applications (PMSE)

This page provides information on the use of spectrum for PMSE across the CEPT countries, including the regulatory and technical conditions. It also summarises the various spectrum management activities related to PMSE.

Terrestrial audio and video links are used for a number of Programme Making and Special Events applications (PMSE). The range of applications covered by PMSE spans from theatrical productions and corporate events to various levels of broadcasting contribution activities. PMSE includes services ancillary to programme making (SAP) and broadcasting (SAB) and the links of the narrower category known as Electronic News Gathering and Outside Broadcasting (ENG/OB).  

In recent years, available spectrum for this application has been reduced since some parts of the spectrum currently used by these applications have been targeted for other usages as a consequence of the digital dividend, and of the increase of bands designated for mobile broadband.

As part of its 2015-2020 strategic plan, the ECC intends to identify the necessary spectrum for PMSE, taking into account the recent evolutions in their spectrum, the possibility to use also higher frequencies and to implement digital technology and cognitive sharing solutions, as well as the need to maintain existing production quality.

This page contains information on:

1 Designated contacts and regulatory processes in CEPT administrations with respect to PMSE

A list of contacts points (last update, 04 July 2018) in CEPT administrations concerning PMSE related activities is available here. This should provide assistance to PMSE industry and users in getting access to the relevant information on the conditions of the use of spectrum for PMSE across the CEPT countries.

The list also contains, when available, information or link to national application process  for PMSE

CEPT administrations wishing to provide new information or to update the current information are invited to do so by contacting the ECO (eco@eco.cept.org). 


2 Frequency ranges available for PMSE in CEPT countries

The ERC Recommendation 25-10 provides a list of tuning ranges that CEPT administrations may consider for audio and video PMSE applications.

The term “tuning range” for PMSE means a range of frequencies over which radio equipment is envisaged to be capable of operating; within this tuning range, the use in any one country of radio equipment will be limited to the range of frequencies identified nationally (if any) within that country for PMSE, and will be operated in accordance with the related national regulatory conditions and requirements. Within each tuning range, CEPT countries may assign specific sub-bands or particular frequencies for PMSE links subject to availability, actual demand and sharing arrangements with primary services using those bands. Ideally, PMSE equipment should be capable of being operated within the whole tuning range and even beyond in order to provide flexibility for operation in different countries.

Recommendation 25-10 was recently revised by the Project Team FM51 leading to the publication of an up-to-date version in October 2016.

This new version is integrated within the ECO Frequency Information system (EFIS) in order to better reflect the national conditions for PMSE applications in CEPT countries for the frequency ranges included in the Recommendation.

Through this link, the following information is made available:

  • Frequency ranges recommended within CEPT for use by audio and video PMSE applications;
  • Availability of these frequency ranges within the 48 CEPT countries and associated national conditions.

3 Other ECC Deliverables and activities relevant to PMSE

ECC Report 204, published in February 2014, considers the spectrum use and future requirements for PMSE. The main body of the Report attempts to provide information which relates to the whole PMSE sector and exceptional events. Three Annexes address different sectors of the industry, namely audio PMSE, video PMSE and Service Links.

Following the milestones outlined in the EC mandate to CEPT on PMSE issued in December 2011, two CEPT Reports were developed complemented with an ECC Report on compatibility studies:

  • CEPT Report 50 and its addendum on Technical conditions for the use of the bands 821-832 MHz and 1785-1805 MHz for wireless radio microphones in the EU.
  • CEPT Report 51 on Technical conditions for ensuring the sustainable operation of cordless video-cameras in the EU.
  • Adjacent band compatibility between the mobile networks and PMSE (wireless microphones) in the 1800 MHz range (see ECC Report 191).

As a follow-up of CEPT Report 51, the European Commission issued a further Mandate to CEPT related to the possible use of video PMSE in the 2.7-2.9 GHz band. It led to the publication of CEPT Report 61, response to this Mandate and addressing harmonised compatibility and sharing conditions for video PMSE in the 2.7-2.9 GHz frequency band, taking into account radar use. This Report is based on compatibility studies contained in ECC Report 243.

Other deliverables related to PMSE are available on the ECO documentation database.

  • ECC Report 219 contains characteristics of PMSE digital video links to be used in compatibility and sharing studies.
  • There are many ECC Reports on sharing and compatibility studies between some PMSE applications and other radio applications. The most recent ones, deal with:
    • the possible use of audio PMSE in the frequency range 1350-1400 MHz in ECC Report 245;
    • the possible use of audio PMSE in the frequency ranges 1492-1518 /1518-1525 MHz in ECC Report 253;
    • best practices for video PMSE in the frequency range 2700-2900 MHz in ECC Report 285;
    • body effect of hand-held and body-worn audio PMSE equipment in ECC Report 286.

New activities have been recently launched within FM51 and SE7 on the consideration of possible usage of low power audio PMSE in the band 960-1164 MHz.

4 Information on national conditions and regulatory procedures used by administrations in granting access to spectrum for PMSE

In April 2012, WG FM issued a questionnaire to CEPT administrations in order to collate, summarise and analyse the regulatory procedures used by administrations in granting access to spectrum for PMSE and, when appropriate, to incorporate the results into the relevant ECC deliverables. Responses from 34 CEPT countries have been received up to November 2012. A summary of the responses is available here. The full set of the 34 CEPT administrations responses is available here.This provides appropriate information on the availability and conditions for the use of many frequency bands for PMSE.

More recently, in the context of the revision of ERC Recommendation 25-10, a further questionnaire to CEPT administrations has been released in October 2016 in order to collect national conditions for PMSE applications for publication in the Annexes 4 and 5 of ERC Recommendation 25-10. The summary of the responses to the questionnaire are available here and the set of replies is available here. This has been used as reference point to populate national information into the Recommendation 25-10 module in EFIS. 

A summary of the answers provided concedrning the availability of spectrum for PMSE audio applications and licensing considerations is available here.

CEPT administrations wishing to provide new information or to update the current information are invited to do so by contacting the ECO (eco@eco.cept.org). 

5 Additional information on PMSE

During the last years, the ECC has published within its newsletters various articles related to PMSE:

Updated: 18 April 2019, 11:04