Last week in Geneva, Switzerland, representatives of nation-states from around the world tipped their hat to the significance of over-the-air television broadcasting. While members of the International Telecommunication Union's World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) looked at higher spectrum frequencies for mobile broadband use, they resolved to protect UHF for television in a wide region including Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
Simon Fell, Director of Technology & Innovation for the European Broadcasting Union, welcomed the announcement and said, "Now that we have certainty on access to spectrum, the broadcasting industry can complete the transition to fully digital television broadcasting. We can also continue to innovate, and ensure that everyone has access to the benefits that new digital services bring." Similarly, Ruxandra Obreja, Chairman for Digital Radio Mondiale, was pleased that the WRC-15 decision "implicitly reaffirms the importance of terrestrial broadcasting and ensures the protection of spectrum necessary for digital TV as well as digital multi-standard radio."
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations