EC spectrum plan raises alarm at EBU

The EBU has expressed strong concern about proposals from the European Commission to set a hard 2020 deadline for clearance of the 700MHz spectrum band for mobile applications and introduce a ‘flexibility option’ to enable other services to use sub-700MHz UHF frequencies under certain circumstances. The EBU says the proposals go against the conclusions of […]

Howling to leave Digital UK

Ilse Howling is stepping down as Digital UK’s managing director of connected TV, with chief operating officer Alex Pumfrey also to leave the UK digital-terrestrial TV organisation at the end of February. Howling, the former managing director of DTT platform Freeview, joined Digital UK in 2014, to lead the development phase of Freeview Play, the […]

CSA confirms plans for public channels in HD after MPEG-4 switch

French media regulator the CSA has confirmed that public broadcaster France Télévisions’ France 3, France 4, France 5 and France Ô channels will be able to air in HD and that flagship channel France 2 and cultural channel Arte will cease broadcasting in standard-definition when the country migrates its digital-terrestrial services to MPEG-4. Responding to […]

WRC-15 safeguards sub-700MHz band for broadcasting in EMEA

European public broadcasters body the EBU has applauded a decision reached at WRC-15 to safeguard the 470-694MHz spectrum band for digital-terrestrial broadcasting in ‘ITU Region 1’ – covering Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa, into the next decade. The decision followed pressure by the mobile telecom lobby to bring the 470-694MHz range into play […]

UK government pledges £550m for 700MHz reallocation

The UK government will invest up to £550 million (€780 million) over the course of the current parliament to make the 700MHz spectrum band available for mobile broadband use, it has said. The figure, announced in the HM Treasury’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement yesterday, marks a cut on the previously announced clearance limit. In […]

ARCEP closes bidding for 700MHz spectrum

French telecom regulator ARCEP secured €2.8 billion from this week’s auction of 700MHz spectrum, currently used for digital-terrestrial broadcasting. The auction saw Free Mobile and Orange secure 10MHz each, while Bouygues Telecom and SFR each secured one block of 5MHz. Each candidates position on the frequency band has yet to be determined, and the regulator […]

France to kick off 700MHz auction on Monday

France’s auction of 700MHz spectrum will being on Monday, with Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange and SFR competing for the highly-valued spectrum currently used for digital-terrestrial broadcasting but now earmarked for mobile broadband applications. French regulator ARCEP plans to issue an update on the status of the auction at the end of each day, up […]

CSA sets out conditions for smooth transition from 700MHz

French media regulator the CSA has delivered a favourable opinion – with caveats – on the freeing up of spectrum in the 700MHz band for mobile broadband applications. The CSA said that the reallocation of frequencies necessary to free up 700MHz spectrum would require changes of encoding standard to enable TV services to fit in […]

CSA authorises 700MHz airport communications LTE trial

French media regulator the CSA has authorised Aéroports de Paris unit Hub One to begin a trial of the use of LTE in the 700MHz band – currently used for digital-terrestrial broadcasting – at Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport. Hub One has been planning to test the use of 700MHz for critical communications between police, fire and […]

French operators file documents for 700MHz

France’s four leading mobile operators – Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange and SFR – have filed documents in the preliminary stage of applying to use 700MHz spectrum for mobile broadband services, according to telecom regulator ARCEP. The regulator expects to begin auctioning the available frequencies at in November, with allocations to be made by the […]