Europe: UHF to remain with TV services until 2023 reports that the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has applauded the decision by the ITU’s World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) on the use of the UHF band.

Representatives of over 150 governments took the decision that UHF spectrum will remain exclusively allocated to terrestrial TV services in ITU Region 1 well into the next decade. Delegates reached this conclusion after deliberations over whether the lower UHF frequency band (470-694 MHz) should be retained for broadcasting only or also allocated to mobile broadband.

Representatives reached a consensus that this spectrum, currently used by broadcast services such as digital terrestrial TV, is too important to be allocated to mobile services. They agreed that there would be no change to the allocation in the 470-694MHz band either now, or at WRC-19 in four years’ time. Instead there will be a review of the spectrum use in the entire UHF band at the WRC in 2023. This added security will enable many countries in ITU Region 1 to continue with their digital switchover programmes.


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