ARCEP launches review of 700MHz band

French telecom regulator ARCEP has launched a strategic review of spectrum requirements for high-speed mobile services related to the future of the 700MHz band currently used for digital-terrestrial broadcasting. The review follows the recent announcement by the French government that it would proceed to auction the 700MHz band next year. ARCEP is launching a public […]

France to auction 700MHz next year

France is to auction 700MHz spectrum frequencies currently used for DTT broadcasting in December next year, with the expectation that they will be transferred to telecom operators between October 2017 and June 2019. In some zones, telcos will be able to use the new frequencies from April 2016. Local reports suggest that the timing of […]

ITU hails new TV standards

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has said that it is working on a set of new standards to improve TV viewing, including standards underpinning ultra-HD, building on the adoption of the HEVC compression format as Recommendation ITU-T H.265-ISO/IEC International Standard 23008-2 in October. “ITU is currently working on developing new standards that will dramatically enhance […]

Ofcom to make 700MHz available for mobile

Ofcom has said it will make the 700MHz frequency band that currently forms the bedrock of digital-terrestrial available for mobile broadband applications. The regulator said the switch would take place by the beginning of 2022 and possibly up to two years earlier, citing the claim that demand for mobile data “could be 45 times higher […]

Lamy report on 700MHz offers limited comfort for broadcasters

The 700MHz spectrum band currently used for digital-terrestrial broadcasting in Europe should be allocated to wireless broadband use by 2020, give or take a couple of years, while broadcasters should be given regulatory security over their rights to use remaining UHF spectrum below 700MHz until 2030, according to a report presented by former EU commissioner […]

EBU slams mobile industry spectrum claims

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has criticised claims made by the mobile telecom industry regarding future bandwidth demands in the run-up to next year’s World Radiocommunication Conference in 2015, where the reallocation of the 700MHz spectrum, currently used for digital broadcasting, is on the agenda. The EBU, in a new paper written by Roland Beutler […]

EBU sounds alarm on Swedish 700MHz move

The EBU has expressed concern following last week’s decision by the Swedish government to open up the 700MHz spectrum band to non-TV applications. The country’s IT and energy minister Anna-Karin Hatt said that the 700MHz band would be open to non digital-terrestrial TV applications from April 1 2017. The EBU criticised the decision, saying that […]

African countries agree switchover, allocation of 700MHz to mobile

Forty-seven sub-Saharan African countries have agreed on frequency coordination for digital switchover in 2015. According to the ITU, the consolidation of national plans to implement switchover is in line with deadlines set in 2006 by the Regional Radiocommunication Conference for UHF switchover by June 2015, with VHF networks in 33 countries set to close down […]

France launches consultation on future of DTT as 700MHz threat looms

France’s Direction générale des médias et des industries culturelles (DGMIC) and media regulator the CSA have jointly launched a consultation on the future of the country’s digital-terrestrial platform in view of the possible reallocation of the 700MHz band to telecom applications.  The consultation is seeking views across six topics. First, it has invited parties to […]