European Union countries should speed up the switch from analogue to digital TV in light of the current economic downturn, EU Commissioner for Telecoms and Media, Viviane Reding said.
Delivering a lecture in Brussels, Reding said that accelerating switchover will mean spectrum worth up to 200bn will be freed up. The commissioner called upon Member States to Âact swiftlyÂ and not wait for the 2012 EU-wide deadline for switchover.
ÂI believe the present economic crisis requires us to accelerate the ongoing switchover from analogue to digital TV in Europe,Â Reding said. ÂThe Commission estimates that the incremental value of this spectrum for wireless broadband across the EU is between Â150 and Â200bn. Appropriate European coordination of Member StatesÂ work on the digital dividend would increase the potential economic impact of the digital dividend by an additional Â50bn between now and 2015.Â