Many observers believe the meeting of WRC-15 will result in a loss of UHF spectrum to broadcasters in favour of mobile broadband.
The Draft ECC Report 224 covers the current use of the UHF band and highlights the important role of the DTT platform that provides free-to-air access to TV services and is essential for Public Service Broadcasting. While no outright recommendations are made, the report suggests that national administrations should be given more flexibility on the allocation of spectrum.
The Draft Report now goes to the ECC for final approval at their meeting at the end of November.
Another key report is from Pascal Lamy’s group, published in September that said the EU should adopt a common position against the co-primary allocation of the core audiovisual band (470-694MHz) to the mobile service.