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The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will take place between 23 July and 3 August 2014. They will be staged at various locations around Scotland, concentrating on the Glasgow area, and form the focus of a summer of major cultural events and celebrations in the UK. The Office of Communications (Ofcom) is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services. Ofcom makes decisions within a framework defined in European Union (EU) and UK law and licenses spectrum under the Wireless Telegraphy Act (2006). Wireless services and radio spectrum will play an important role in facilitating these events and keeping participants and spectators safe. Many thousands of wireless devices will be employed by the media and other users of spectrum; from walkie-talkies used by event organisers to TV cameras broadcasting to a global audience, the demand on radio spectrum – a scarce resource – will be unprecedented.
Using Radio in 2014
Planning and co-ordination of wireless use is essential if users are to be able to operate effectively at and around the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Special arrangements have been put in place to cope with the extremely high demand for spectrum, including a dedicated licensing service for the rights-holding broadcasters and other media. This service is co-ordinated by Glasgow 2014 Limited (Glasgow 2014). Even if a Games Family spectrum user has an existing UK licence, they must also apply for a Games licence to operate at Glasgow 2014 venues. The deadline for Games licence requests closed on 29 November 2013. If you did not apply for your Games licence before this date, please contact Glasgow 2014 using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Where an existing venue based radio system (i.e. one with an existing WT Act licence or other valid authorisation) has been authorised by the organising committee to continue operating during Games time the relevant radio equipment will still have to go through Ofcom’s Testing and Tagging process (see page 7).