UK Minister Outlines “Three Scenarios” for DTT After Loss of 700MHz Spectrum
DigitalTVEurope.net reports that The UK 700MHz frequency range currently given over to digital-terrestrial broadcasting is clearly going to be re-allocated because of demand for mobile broadband spectrum, and the UK government – along with the Future of Innovation in Television Technology (FITT) task force – is looking at three possible scenarios for the future of the DTT platform, according to Ed Vaizey, minister for culture, communications and creative industries.
Vaizey, speaking at the DTG Summit event in London this morning, said that changes in 700MHz spectrum use would clearly be implemented following the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) in 2015. However, he said, there is likely to be a delay after that time before action is taken in the UK to clear the spectrum for mobile broadband. “It’s very unlikely we will clear 700MHz before 2017,” he said.
Vaizey said the government was considering three scenarios related to the future of the UK DTT platform after the spectrum changes came into force.
One scenario, he said, is a more limited DTT offering. A second is DTT sitting alongside cable and satellite, with hybrid enhancements delivered through super-fast broadband. The third scenario is the clearing of 700MHz spectrum, with a migration of DTT to 600MHz, and minimun changes being made to the platform.