the client

European Commission – DG CONNECT, radio spectrum policy unit

the need

The difficulties of spectrum access for programme making and special events equipment are well-documented.


  • Radio-spectrum is an increasingly scarce resource essential to a very wide variety of wireless applications from wireless telephone and broadband to broadcasting to military applications. 
  • Differences in the availability of frequencies between different EU Member States cause problems for manufacturers in producing equipment that can operate across Europe. 
  • Uncertainty about future availability of spectrum may affect investment decisions by users and manufacturers.


The impact of spectrum access for many of these applications goes well beyond direct stakeholders. Wireless equipment is today an essential tool for cultural and sports programmes and news gathering thus affecting not just equipment but also content producers. The study considers different options for EU intervention in the field of spectrum access for PMSE. The aim of the Commission’s initiatives in this field is to find a long term solution for PMSE spectrum access. VVA’s socio-economic analysis provides evidence to support the European Commission in this objective.


As part of its legislative process, the European Commission requires an economic assessment of the impact of different policy options it is considering to ensure sustainable long terms spectrum access for PMSE equipment. To deal with this, the European Commission has awarded VVA a contract to assess the socio-economic impacts of a possible harmonization of spectrum access for PMSE equipment (in particular wireless microphones and cordless video cameras).

There are five elements to the study


  • Problem analysis and baseline definition. This includes a market analysis to establish current and future trends in PMSE equipment markets and demand for wirless spectrum.
  •  Impact analysis. This includes economic modelling of the Commission’s policy options and a quantitative analysis of the impactof each option for different stakeholder groups. 
  • Options appraisal on the basis of the quantatitve impact analysis as well as qualitative consutlation with different stakeholder groups through survey, interviews and workshops.