Digital UK urges Europe to ‘protect future of free TV’

Digital UK and members of the Wider Spectrum Group have urged EU policy makers to protect the airwaves used by Freeview and other European terrestrial services ahead of the WRC next month. Digital UK Chief Executive Jonathan Thompson and other senior representatives of the broadcasting sector called on the EU to protect the future of […]

BNE slams “premature” deadline on 700MHz

Terrestrial broadcast trade organisation Broadcast Networks Europe (BNE), providing its input for the European common policy objectives for the forthcoming World Radio Conference (WRC), which will address the future of UHF, has said it remains “concerned by the possible displacement of DTT from the 700 MHz band” and called the setting of a deadline for […]

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 […]

Use of digital TV spectrum for mobile on agenda for WRC-15

The possible allocation of spectrum in the 700MHz band, used for digital broadcasting in Europe, to mobile services will be considered at the next ITU World Radiocommuniction Conference (WRC) in 2015, despite opposition from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and others. The ITU said that the issue had been placed on the WRC-15 agenda together […]