UK DTT: the dangers ahead

May 20, 2014 12.20 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul, DTG Summit 2014, London

Freeview_Channel_Cluster-(feb-2013)Spectrum efficiencies should apply to all market players, not just DTT, according to Jonathan Thompson, CEO, Digital UK.

Speaking at the DTG Summit 2014, added that the mobile industry, for instance, should look at as such issues as possibly switching off 2G.

Thompson warned that the 470-694 Mhz frequency bandwidth could be effectively opened up to mobile, being classified as ‘co-primary’, leaving DTT with nowhere to go and undermining investment and confidence in the industry.

Speaking in a Q&A, Thompson also stressed that there were no plans to include condition access in Freeview. Free access would remain at the heart of the service.