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Time is running out to apply for UK PMSE funding

David Davies 6 December 2010
Time is running out to apply for UK PMSE funding

Registration for the UK Government scheme to help users of wireless microphone systems operating in Ch 69 adjust to spectrum reallocation will close on 31 December.

The funding package – which is expected to receive formal approval early in 2011 – will help PMSE (performance making & special events) wireless system users in the UK to prepare their inventories for spectrum reallocation in 2012.

This redrawing of the spectrum map is mirrored across Europe as countries prepare to make way for a new generation of mobile broadband services.

The UK funding package has been criticised for only covering devices operating in Channel 69. Even there, users are expected to receive “roughly 55%” of the expenses accrued from replacing or converting systems that will be rendered inoperable by spectrum reallocation.

Eligible applicants will have held a valid WT Act Channel 69 licence for at least part of the period between 3 February 2008 and 2 February 2009 inclusive. The exception to this will be equipment hiring companies that can prove their Channel 69 business exclusively involves renting out (and not installing or operating) Channel 69 equipment. The equipment must be in working condition and capable of tuning to Channel 69 but not to Channel 38 – the principal new home for PMSE users. It must have been purchased before 30 June 2009.

Users who consider themselves eligible for funding must register their claim by 31 December 2010. Any claim received after this date will not be accepted under the terms of the funding scheme.

Applicants can register and manage their claims online at or call the helpline free of charge on 0800 011 3617.

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