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Video PMSE (mobile video links)

Last update 17th March 2016

"VIDEO PMSE", A DAILY WORKING TOOL FOR THE AUDIO-VISUAL AND ENTERTAINMENT PROFESSIONALS

"Video PMSE" equipement (for Programme Making and Special Events) or mobile video links are used to transmit video signals between a audio-visual production location and a collecting station that routes these signals to the production or broadcasting studio. These transmission systems are generally portable wireless video cameras, which can be located on ground or airborne vehicles.

The conditions of use of such equipment are harmonize at European level in by the Recommendation ERC/REC 25-10 established by the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) which specifies the frequency bands that can be used for audio and video links for services ancillary to program making and to broadcasting (SAP/SAB).

This recommendation harmonises the use of mobile video links in Europe, based on frequency bands and regional tuning ranges, allowing administrations to take advantage of this harmonisation while satisfying national requirements.

THE REGULATORY FRAMEWORK AND CONDITIONS OF USE APPLICABLE TO VIDEO PMSE

In accordance with the national frequency allocation table (in particular its Annex 8), Arcep identified the following channels available by mobile video links for a temporary use:

Frequency bands Channel's central frequency Direction Geographical restrictions Technical restrictions:
Digital modulation
Channel width: max.
10 MHz
2025 - 2110 MHz 2055 MHz Ground-Ground

Use forbidden in Réunion and in French Guiana ;
In Metropolitan France, use permitted only within a 30 km radius around Notre Dame de Paris

EIRP: max. 10 dBW
Gain: max. 3 dB
2 065 MHz Air-Ground Use forbidden within a 30 km radius around Aussaguel (43 32 59N - 001 29 06E)
2095 MHz Ground-Ground

Use forbidden in Réunion and in French Guiana;
In Metropolitan France, use permitted only within a 30 km radius around Notre Dame de Paris

2 105 MHz Air-Ground Use forbidden within a 30 km radius around Aussaguel (43 32 59N - 001 29 06E)
2200 - 2500 MHz 2 295 MHz Ground-Ground    
2 305 MHz Not specified
2 465 MHz Ground-Ground
Air-Ground
Use forbidden at less than 76 km distance from the Centre d'Essais des Landes or the Centre d'Essais de la Méditerranée.
2 475 MHz

Specific provisions on use of the 2310 - 2400 MHz, 2570 - 2620 MHz and 3400 - 3800 MHz bands for mobile video links

Some channels in the 2.6 GHz and 3400 - 3600 MHz bands have historically been used in France and in Europe for video links. The CEPT recommendation ERC/REC/25-10 identifies the frequency bands for this type of application on a non-exclusive basis. Equipment has also been developed for use in some channels of the 3600 - 3800 MHz band which is considered an extension to the 3400 - 3600 MHz band.

However, the 2.6 GHz and 3400 - 3800 MHz bands have been identified for mobile network rollouts for several years, pursuant to the following European Commission Decisions : 2008/477/EC for the 2.6 GHz band and 2008/411/EC for the 3400 - 3800 MHz band.
In this context, changes in the use of those two bands have resulted in reducing the channels being available for mobile video links. For the moment, Arcep can continue to authorise the use of some frequency channels in the 2570 - 2620 MHz band (limited to the 2580 - 2610 MHz band to protect the networks deployed in adjacent bands), and in the 3400 - 3800 MHz band to professional users that want to continue to employ existing equipment, notably for events that generate heavy demand for spectrum, and which cannot be satisfied by the channels identified at the national level (see table above). In the long run, it may eventually become impossible to use these bands for this type of application.

Moreover, in France the 2310 - 2400 MHz band is allocated exclusively to the Ministry of Defence. However, when the above-listed bands are unable to satisfy the demand, Arcep can appeal to the Ministry of Defence to obtain an exceptional assignment that would allow the Authority to issue temporary authorisations in this band, if necessary.

TEMPORARY AUTHORISATION

The use of the frequencies listed above requires an individual licence issued by Arcep. These licences are of a duration which cannot exceed two months. Requests must be submitted to the French national frequency agency (Agence nationale des fréquences - ANFr), which is responsible for processing these requests on Arcep's behalf.

ANFR web page

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