Ofcom to borrow public sector spectrum for Olympics

Ofcom will borrow spectrum from the public sector to make sure the London 2012 Olympics has what it needs for communications and broadcasting.

Ofcom will borrow spectrum from the public sector to make sure the London 2012 Olympics has what it needs for communications and broadcasting.

The seven-week event will have thousands of wireless services and Ofcom expects to temporarily borrow spectrum from public sector bodies such as the Ministry of Defence.

Private mobile radios will be needed for communication at the Olympic Park in London and at 35 other venues across the UK. There will also be around 20,000 members of the media who will be broadcasting the games to five billion viewers.

Broadcasters will be using in-ear monitors, wireless mircrophones and wireless cameras for interviews and events. There will also be Wi-Fi hotspots for visitors.

Ofcom published its Draft Spectrum Plan today, which details how it will cope with the demand for services, and minimise the risk of interference. In addition to borrowing public sector spectrum, the organisation said it would use the civil spectrum "as efficiently as possible", and would make use of license-exempt spectrum.

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