NEWS published on 09 Nov 2022

Call to Europe: Save our Spectrum!

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Today, over 80 organizations from the media, radio, live events and cultural sector call to the EU to Save our Spectrum in advance of next year's International Telecommunications Union World Radiocommunication Conference.

In Europe, 80 million households (43%) watch TV via the lower UHF spectrum. Annually, millions of European events, plays, festivals and concerts use this spectrum band.

Broadcasters and the creative industry call on policy-makers to ‘Save Our Spectrum’ so that European culture can flourish.

Europe has an affordable, energy-efficient, resource-friendly and sovereign mass transmission technology with terrestrial broadcasting via the lower UHF spectrum (470 – 694 MHz). It is resilient in the case of man-made or natural catastrophes.

With war at our doorsteps, Europe must protect its spectrum for content distribution. Information, entertainment and education content must remain available as wraparound basic services for all Europeans. Without access to spectrum, terrestrial broadcasting via DVB-T2 won’t be possible anymore and broadcasting via 5G-Broadcast won’t happen.

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Vincent Sneed
Senior EU Policy Adviser
+32 2 286 91 43
sneed@ebu.ch