ITU approves global standard for ‘immersive audio’

The ITU has approved new global standards for ‘immersive audio’ technology, which it claims will “lift the television experience to an entirely new level. The new open standards are designed to deliver advanced sound for broadcasting services that will create “a listening experience that is closer to real life”. The new file format was developed […]

Analogue-to-digital TV deadline reached with much work to do

The official deadline for for switchover from analogue to digital TV in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia has been reached today, with a number of countries yet to complete or even start the process. A June 17, 2015, deadline for switching off analogue television broadcasting in the UHF band was set by member states […]

CEPT opposes further UHF spectrum reallocation for mobile

Europe’s Conference of Post and Telecommunications Regulators (CEPT) has agreed to oppose the allocation of the 470-694MHz Ultra High Frequency (UHF) band to mobile services. In a statement, the CEPT said it had reached the common position ahead of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s WRC-15 Conference in November, where decisions on the future assignment of […]

Internet penetration up sevenfold since 2000, says ITU

Internet penetration has increased almost seven-fold from 6.5 to 43 per cent of the global population between 2000 and 2015, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).  The ITU’s latest global research claims that by the end of 2015 there will be 3.2 billion people using the internet, 2 billion of whom will be from […]

South Africa delays analogue switch-off

South Africa’s Department of Communications has said that the country will not meet an agreed June deadline for the switch-off of analogue TV signals. In a statement issued yesterday, the communications department said the issue of whether to include an encryption system into set-top boxes (STBs) as part of the switchover has “impacted negatively” on the […]

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 […]

EBU welcomes ITU anti-jamming initiative

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has welcomed steps taken by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) at its recent Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan to stop satellite interference. Member states agreed in Korea to support ITU efforts to track reported cases of interference with satellite broadcasts. The new action to address the problem was approved on November […]

ITU names Zhao as next secretary-general

The ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Korea has elected Houlin Zhao as the organisation’s next secretary-general. Chinese national Zhao, who won the election unopposed, will take office on January 1 for a four-year term, with the possibility of re-election for one additional four-year term. He is currently ITU deputy secretary-general, a post he has held […]

EBU slams mobile industry claims amidst criticism of ITU report

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has published a factsheet to counter claims made by the mobile industry that linear broadcast TV viewing is declining and that mobile operators will require access to UHF band spectrum to meet anticipated demand for services.  The EBU cited studies that predict that live TV viewing will still account for […]

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 […]