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DTG catches up with the EBU: World Radio Conference – the next steps


Alex Buchan, our Head of Wireless Technologies, was in Geneva earlier this week visiting the European Broadcast Union (EBU).

Alex participated in an EBU workshop looking at the implications of the latest World Radio Conference that took place at the end of 2019.

Topics discussed included:

  • The implications of Resolution 235 to assess Region 1 spectrum usage and needs in the band 470-960 MHz at WRC-23
  • Future agenda items that could impact PMSE
  • Future agenda items that could impact satellite

One thing that was clear from the seminar was that despite WRC-23 being 3 years away, the way in which WRC inputs are provided means that in practice the broadcast and PMSE industry have just over a year (by 15th May 2021) to provide technical details into the task group (TG6/1) dealing with Resolution 235 for the UHF band.

The task group will then evaluate the information and collate it for a report to be presented at the Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM) in mid-2022. The final CPM report will be produced at a second CPM meeting 8 months prior to WRC-23.

Taking these factors into account, the clear message from the workshop was that the industry’s input is needed as soon as possible. This work is being jointly coordinated by working groups led by the European Broadcasting Union and Broadcast Networks Europe; CEPT, national regulators and WRC Study Groups will also be contributing to it.

For PMSE and Satellite, there are also many WRC-23 agenda items that could have major impacts on the UHF band, C-band (3.8-4.2 GHz) and the Ku spectrum band (10.7-11.7 GHz).

DTG will be hosting a Spectrum Access Forum on the Tuesday 3rd March 2020 where Mark Jordan from Arqiva and David Hemmingway from BBC will be presenting. Both Mark and David attended WRC-19 and also chair European working groups that directly input to the WRC-23 process. The Spectrum Access Forum will not only be an opportunity to learn more about the implications for the DTT, PMSE and Satellite industries but also to find out how to contribute to the WRC process.

If you have any questions regarding the Spectrum Access Forum, please contact us via [email protected]


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