UK digital TV association the Digital TV Group (DTG) has created a new group to improve spectrum use efficiency.
The UK Programme Group for Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA), will facilitate discussion and information sharing on dynamic spectrum access as the TV so-called ‘white space’ regulatory framework develops. The group will also offer assistance to Ofcom and Government in their task of providing an appropriate regulatory framework.
The DSA will sit alongside the Centre for White Space Communications at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.
The industry is moving to a new level of co operation today with the launch of the UK Programme Group for Dynamic Spectrum Access led by the Digital TV Group to ensure industry gets the full use of innovating technologies,” said culture, communications and creative industries minister Ed Vaizey at the launch event. “We as a government are very keen to progress new and innovating technologies that will drive the rural economy and increase rural broadband. White space will underpin the next wave of innovation.”
DSA will assist in the development of the TV white space eco-system to optimise the use of spectrum and protect TV coverage and reception, provide a focus for discussions between industry, government and regulators, and look ahead to the expansion of DSA and other spectrum efficiency improvements into other frequency bands.
“For nearly two decades the DTG has brought together all corners of the industry to ensure developments in digital television result in reliable and stable experiences for consumers, said DTG director-general Richard Lindsay-Davies. “The DTG is expertly placed to facilitate improvements in spectrum efficiency in a way that protects both digital terrestrial TV services and viewers, with support from both Government and industry the UK Programme Group for Dynamic Spectrum Access will work to achieve this aim.”