Spain keeps all analogue spectrum for TV

Tuesday, June 10 2008, 08:19 BST

The Spanish government has indicated that all spectrum cleared by the analogue television switchoff will be used for digital TV services.

A large number of channels, including many regional public services, already operate in the country. Like in the UK, broadcasters are claiming the right to more DTT spectrum post-switchoff. Some accounts suggest there is not sufficient capacity even for all the existing channels.

Using all the freed-up spectrum for TV will limit the potential for other services such as mobile television and broadband.

The European Commission, which is expected to publish guidance to member states on the use of new spectrum shortly, has told Spain there should be a balance between TV and other uses and has asked the government to explain its plans.

The commission has previously talked up the importance of new mobile services.