Ofcom announces digital dividend proposals

Ofcom has set out detailed proposals for how it will release the spectrum that will be freed up as a result of the switchover to digital television. The consultation document, published on the regulator's website, proposes to release the spectrum in a 'way that will promote competition and innovation and allow the widest range of technologies and services to access the spectrum.'

The spectrum, known as the digital dividend in the UHF band, is currently used for the delivery of TV channels using analogue technology. Signals transmitted in these bands can travel over large distances and carry a large amount of information. These characteristics make the spectrum suitable for delivering a wide range of new services, including mobile television and more digital television services in standard or high definition.

Proposals outlined in the consultation document include limiting the amount of spectrum that any one organisation can acquire, and measures to prevent new services from causing interference to existing digital terrestrial television services.

Ofcom plans to make 128 MHz of cleared spectrum available on a UK-wide basis, holding an auction in 2009. The spectrum will be freed up for new uses in phases, as digital switchover proceeds between now and 2012.

The consultation closes on 15th August 2008.

The document can be downloaded from the Ofcom website

DTG Staff  |  06.06.2008

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