Lamy reports to European Commission on the future use of the UHF band

Pascal Lamy, Chairman of the High Level Group on the future of the UHF spectrum, yesterday reported his proposals to the European Commission on the future use of the UHF band (470-790 MHz).

Lamy's so called "2020-2030-2025" model lays out what he sees as a common European position on spectrum, calling for the release of 700 MHz for wireless broadband by 2020 (+/- 2 years), the safeguarding of broadcasting/PMSE below 700 MHz until 2030 and a review of the market and technologies in 2025.

In Annex 1 of the report it is argued that the costs of a transition out of 700 MHz may be met by auction proceeds but that the broadcasting and PMSE sectors should not be disadvantaged by such a transition and cost compensation should be duly addressed.

Other highlights of the report include:

  • Linear TV will remain dominant for the foreseeable future, with the 'big screen at home' remaining the primary audio-visual device for consumers
  • Secondary screens will become more mobile as well as data enabled
  • DTT and wireless broadband are likely to coexist for a long time, with next generation broadcasting (DVB-T2 or HEVC) offering capacity gains which will offset the increasing spectrum demand from HD and UHD.
  • The common European position at WRC-15 will be against co-primary allocation below 700 MHz

You can read the full report by following the link on the right.

DTG Staff  |  02.09.2014

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