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 […]

Ofcom could auction DTT spectrum off as early as 2016

The loss of the spectrum currently used by digital-terrestrial broadcasting in the UK has moved a step closer to reality following a proposal by communications regulator Ofcom to “make the 700MHz band available for mobile broadband as soon as possible”, with an auction envisaged as early as 2016. Opening a consultation into the future of […]

NAB’s Smith and Haim Saban raise alarm on spectrum and call for new broadcast standard

US broadcasters must take on the threat to their spectrum, which is coveted by wireless operators, and urgently develop a new standard that will allow free over-the-air broadcast to prosper in the multiscreen world, according to Gordon Smith, president and CEO of NAB, and Haim Saban, chairman of Hispanic broadcast giant Univision Communications. Leading the […]

UK government aims to double spectrum revenues

The UK government has said that aims for spectrum to double its contribution to the economy to more than £100 billion by 2025.  In a paper on UK spectrum strategy, published yesterday, Ed Vaizey, minister for culture, communications and creative industries, said that the government’s “vision” for the use of spectrum was to foster contribution […]

Digital UK stresses DTT value ahead of spectrum shakeup

The UK’s Freeview DTT platform returns almost £80 billion (€97 billion) to the economy and delivers more value per unit of spectrum than mobile broadband, according to a new report by Digital UK.  The not-for-profit organisation claims the research “challenges the view that mobile broadband delivers more value from airwaves than television” as policy makers […]