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Report On Future Of UHF Spectrum In Europe Presented

Former European Commissioner for Trade Pascal Lamy on Monday presented a report on how to use the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) spectrum - the 700 Megahertz band -- most effectively in the coming decades. The UHF band represents "prime real estate" in terms of use, capacity and reach.

In the report presented to EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes, Lamy has proposed a "2020-2030-2025" formula with the aim of enabling Europe to fulfil Digital Agenda for Europe broadband targets in three steps, while giving broadcasting a clear path to invest and develop further.

The 700 MHz band (694-790 MHz) is currently used by terrestrial broadcasting networks and wireless microphones should be dedicated to wireless broadband across Europe by 2020; Regulatory security and stability for terrestrial broadcasters in the remaining UHF spectrum below 700 MHz to be safeguarded until 2030; A review by 2025 to assess technology and market developments.

Also on Monday, Kroes announced new rules on the harmonisation of spectrum bands used by wireless microphones, also in the UHF band, as well as the first report of an inventory showing how EU Member States are using their radio frequencies today and what to focus on tomorrow. Combined, all three elements should help to secure the long-term future for broadband, broadcast and other wireless services in Europe.

by RTT Staff Writer

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