WRC-19 has recently drawn to a close after 5 weeks of discussions on international spectrum allocations.
Although not a part of the main agenda items this time round, UHF spectrum for DTT and PMSE has been lined up for discussion at the next WRC-23 in 4 years’ time. Despite the agenda item looking at UHF from 470 MHz up to 960 MHz, i.e. incorporating mobile spectrum also, the DTT and PMSE spectrum band from 470 MHz to 694 MHz has been specifically highlighted for potential regulatory action.
This does not necessarily mean another allocation for mobile services however, it will result in further discussion. It also means that it’s essential for the TV industry to collaborate in order to provide a coherent approach leading up to this.
Following up on WRC-19, we will be hosting a Spectrum Access Forum meeting in the new year to provide more detail on the outcomes of the Conference. The date will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
The agenda item concerning UHF spectrum is as follows:
1.5 to review the spectrum use and spectrum needs of existing services in the frequency band 470-960 MHz in Region 1 and consider possible regulatory actions in the frequency band 470-694 MHz in Region 1 on the basis of the review in accordance with Resolution 235 (WRC-15).
Read the WRC-19 Provisional Final Rights here.
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