EBU, ABU demand spectrum protection from mobile networks
| 31 October 2014
Leaders of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) have demanded global action to protect broadcasting spectrum from interference from mobile telecoms networks.
ABU-GASpeaking at the 50th Anniversary Annual Assembly of the ABU, EBU director general Ingrid Deltenre warned delegates of the threat to digital terrestrial TV services for 250 million Europeans from mobile operators offering 4G services. "DTT remains the backbone to public TV access," she said. "We cannot allow the mobile industry's insatiable appetite for spectrum resources to highjack this precious resource." Only weeks earlier at IBC 2014, EBU alerted the broadcast industry to its concerns that the release of 700MHz frequencies to mobile operators would likely cause disruption to TV services in a number of member states.
Deltenre's remarks were supported by ABU secretary general Javad Mottaghi who highlighted the essential service terrestrial TV plays in regional areas of Asia Pacific. "Terrestrial broadcasting remains a crucial tool in emergency situations," Mottaghi commented. "It is often the only technology which continues to function and can reach a mass audience despite difficult external conditions. Terrestrial television is the cornerstone of the broadcast industry and its survival is essential to the region's people."
The ABU also revealed that it had been working with administrations to illustrate the efficiency of modern DTT networks, the strong demand for DTT services, and the evidence that the spectrum assignments currently reserved for DTT should not change.