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