A new German alliance of market players wants to ensure that the UHF frequencies in the 470 to 694 MHz range remain available for terrestrial broadcasting and event technology in the long term.
Two new reports by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) conclude that a 5G Broadcast system could be safely introduced alongside existing DTT in the contested UHF band, and that existing broadcast towers could be used to significantly enhance the coverage and minimise the cost of rollout of this new technology.
The commercial radio broadcasters from Germany, Austria and Switzerland want to ensure that they will be part of 5G Broadcast.
German public broadcaster NDR is adding radio stations to its DTT offering.
Most countries in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia are planning to expand their DTT services, according to an early results of new survey on the use of spectrum by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) .
Austrian cable operator Lampert has set up a DVB-T transmitter in neighbouring Switzerland in order to be able to distribute the popular TV channels of Swiss public broadcaster SRG on its network again.
Half a year after DTT switch-off in Switzerland, the channels of public broadcaster SRG can soon be received terrestrially via DVB-T in parts of Switzerland and Austria again.
Germany has completed freeing up the terrestrial frequencies in the 700 MHz range which can now be used for mobile communications.
Italian broadcaster Europa Way (formerly Europa 7) will launch a new pay-TV service in HDR 4k HD on the country’s DTT network using the DVB-T2 standard.
Approximately 22% of US broadband households use an antenna to watch over-the-air broadcasts, according to Parks Associates.