Pascal Lamy

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 […]

Broadcasters slam “few traces” of Lamy report in Digital Single Market proposal

Broadcaster lobby group Broadcast Network Europe (BNE), under the banner of the Wider Spectrum Group, has called on the European Commission to provide greater long-term legal certainty that sufficient spectrum will be made available to preserve terrestrial broadcasting alongside mobile broadband. In an open letter to EC president Jean-Claude Juncker, the group called on the […]

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 […]

New European advisory group to report on UHF spectrum for TV

Former World Trade Organisation chief Pascal Lamy has been appointed to lead a new European advisory group on the use of ultra high frequency (UHF) spectrum for TV and wireless broadband.  Lamy, along with top executives from Europe’s broadcasters, network operators, mobile companies and tech associations, will make proposals to the European Commission on how […]