Two important things happened within
the last few weeks of February.
– 15 February: The European Parliament approved the first Radio Spectrum Policy Program.
– 17 February: World Radio communication Conference 2012 of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) was finished and the final acts were adopted.
Today’s technologies are spectrum hungry, and with an increasing number vying for larger allocation of radio waves, the battle for the frequencies has intensified. The main reason for this is that only a small range of radio frequencies are suited for today’s mobile broadband technologies. Spectrum about 1 GHz allows wide radio channels, propagation on long distance and penetration into buildings, all with lower power, meaning lower costs or transmission.
Those seeking to increase their allotted spectrum are the mobile phone industry, handset manufacturers and service providers. As a result all EU member states are now obliged to allocate the 800 MHz band (so called “digital dividend”, 790 862 MHz) for mobile broadband according to the Radio Spectrum Policy Program. National spectrum administrations on the highest global forum forgot the ITU principles of not only coordinating use of spectrum by users but also protecting existing users from interferences from newcomers. As a result of the decision made by the ITU all EU member states are now obliged to allocate the 800 MHz band (so called “digital dividend”, 790-862 MHz) for mobile broadband according to the Radio Spectrum Policy Program. It has also been determined that band 694- 790 MHz should be allocated to mobile service from 2015.
The problem lies in the fact that the relevant spectrum is currently in use by TV broadcasting and associated applications like radio microphones and video links. Therefore the question lies in where terrestrial TV will be allocated. TV has already been allocated in the Band III according to the Geneva 2006 Agreement. And now the whole issue becomes acutely relevant to digital radio. Are we sure that our spectrum allocation will remain safe?
Consultant for WorldDMB on Regulatory and Spectrum issues