The European Union Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP) published Decision No. 2012/243/EU which took effect from 10 April 2012. It is the strategic planning and harmonization document containing the request to make more spectrum available to broadband services.
Consequences are already visible in the work of CEPT group FM50 related to the future of L-band. Application “Multimedia Downlink” was renamed to “Mobile Supplemental Downlink” as the focus on multimedia was limiting and now it is an integral part of the broadband networks aimed at enhancing downlink capacity. The current broadcasting plan was stated as not being efficient and a new band plan has been requested.
L-band digital radio is already licensed and in use in some countries but there is an intention within the CEPT groups not to take into account the issue of broadcasting when considering L-band future use.
EU representative welcomed the second digital dividend
News on the limitation of future radio frequencies came from the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (European Commission advisory body). The Chairman of the group Mr Viola welcomed the second digitadividend saying at a regulatory conference in London that the idea of using the 700 MHz band for mobile broadband is “irresistible”. He intends to raise the issue in the next RSPG meeting. The decision to allocate the 700 MHz band for IMT services was adopted on the ITU conference WRC-12 and TV broadcasters that have already lost the 800 MHz spectrum will leave another 12 channels but will ask for use of band III frequencies which will limit the development of digital radio.
EBU warns against further “erosion” of broadcast spectrum
For terrestrial broadcasting to be economically and technically viable there must be enough spectrum available to allow operators to launch the services their customers expect. Continued erosion of broadcasting spectrum will mean that consumers will start to notice degradation in the services being offered. The WorldDMB Regulatory and Spectrum Committee will continue to monitor and report back to members about the latest development relating to the international situation on spectrum.
WorldDMB Regulatory and Spectrum Committee Consultant