EBU welcomes report on the future of the UHF band
| 27 November 2014
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has welcomed a report by the CEPT, the leading regulatory body of European electronic communications, pointing out principles to be applied to the future use of UHF frequencies.
Specifically, the CEPT's electronic communications committee has approved a new Report 224 on a 'Long term vision for the UHF broadcasting band', the main outcome of a CEPT study of the future use of UHF frequencies, with a focus on the 470-694MHz band.
The report covers some of the key regulatory and policy issues and touches upon some of the relevant developments in technology, services and user behaviour. Even though it identifies a number of possible future scenarios, the EBU conceded report does not make any recommendations for the future use of the UHF band. However, the EBU noted that it does recognise that this frequency band is essential for the delivery of audiovisual services, and concludes that more flexibility may be needed in the regulatory environment to allow for varied use in different countries that require it.
"We are pleased that the new ECC Report 224 clearly demonstrates the importance of the UHF band for the provision of free-to-air TV services and the vital role of the terrestrial broadcasting platform (DTT) in Europe," commented the EBU's director of technology and innovation, Simon Fell. "We trust that the European spectrum regulators will ensure a sufficient amount of radio spectrum to remain available for DTT in the foreseeable future."