EC makes big step towards 790-862 MHz sub-band harmonisation
16 July 2009

The European Commission (EC) has published a consultation document where proposals are made for an EC decision to be published in Autumn 09. Member States would be required to make the 790-862 MHz available for low/medium power electronic communication networks. Although Member States would be requested to implement the measure as soon as possible and no final implementation date would be specified in the technical harmonisation measure, the Commission may still consider proposing a final date for implementation beyond which the measure would have to be implemented by those Member States that have not already done so.

 

 

Urgent action

The EC puts a second urgent action on Member States side (and therefore broadcasters): countries have to commit themselves to the EU target date for the effective switch-off of analogue TV broadcasting by 1 January 2012. Member States would be requested to complete all required preparatory measures necessary in 2011 at the latest in order to meet this deadline. The EC also shows commitment to improving consumers' experience by ensuring high quality standards for terrestrial digital television receivers in Europe. The following two actions are considered a priority:   

a. Ensuring the availability of a compression standard on all DTT receivers sold after 1 January 2012 that is at least as efficient as the H264/MPEG-4 AVC standard.

 

b. Setting standards for the ability of digital TV receivers to resist interference.

 

 

Deadline: 4 September 2009

 

The Commission would submit to the Radio Spectrum Committee (RSC) pursuant to the Radio Spectrum Decision a draft EC decision on the technical harmonisation of the 790-862 MHz band for regulatory opinion in autumn 2009, followed by a final adoption by the Commission at the beginning of 2010.

 

The main elements of the proposals outlined in the consultation document will then be incorporated into the wider multi-annual spectrum action programme to be submitted at the beginning of 2010 to the European Parliament and the Council for adoption. The current open Consultation closes on 4 September 2009. A reply will be submitted on behalf of the EBU.

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