Disappearing Spectrum: What's the Future for Wireless Mics?

Wed 10 Apr 2019

11:00 - 12:00 / 14:00 - 15:00

Join us and Sennheiser for a quick fire update on the imminent 700 MHz band clearance, the government’s accompanying funding scheme and how the ever-diminishing RF spectrum will impact the live entertainment industry.

This event will shed more light on the sitation and will answer any questions or concerns you may have on the clearance of 700 MHz, focusing on which products will no longer be compliant, which products can replace your equipement and how to claim funding.

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Should you not be able to make it, our Sennheiser Product Specialist will be available to answer any queries on the phone on Wednesday 10 April and our technical team are always available on 01525 850085.

700 MHz to be Cleared by 01 May 2020

Modern productions – from festival fields, live arenas, theatres and sports venues, to more permanent installations inside auditoriums, schools, and churches – rely on wireless microphones. Demand for wireless microphones is skyrocketing; in the UK alone, around 29.1 million people enjoyed live music events in 2017 (1).

Alongside this, mobile phone usage is also growing. By 2020, there will be almost 7 billion mobile devices in the world (2). We’re streaming more music, video and rich content on our devices, and we’re doing it more often.

So here’s the catch: wireless microphones and mobile devices both use radio frequencies to operate, and mobile network operators are buying up more of the spectrum to make sure they can deliver their services, leaving less for wireless microphone and IEM equipment.

The UK Government has announced that they intend to clear the 700 MHz band by 01 May 2020, which is bad news for wireless microphone and IEM users. Audio engineers will need to work harder and smarter to meeting production demands, some equipment will become non-compliant or more difficult to configure and operate.

After many months of consultation, Ofcom have now gone live with the proposed 700 MHz clearance funding scheme whereby the government will offer compensation to owners of products in the 700 MHz band once they have surrendered their equipment.

1 UK Live Music Attendance and Music Tourism, 2017

2 IDC, 2018

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Date / Time

Date: Wednesday 10 April 2019

Time: 11:00 - 12:00 / 14:00 - 15:00


Leisuretec Distribution Ltd, Unit L3, Cherrycourt Way, Leighton Buzzard, Beds, LU7 4UH