DVB-T2 frequencies: What Germany represents at the current World Radiocommunications Conference

The German delegation at the current World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC-19) argues that another use of the frequency spectrum between 470 and 694 MHz should be investigated, but does not support the release of the UHF band, which has been used by broadcasting since 1959, for mobile communications. That's what learned from informed circles about the so-called Digital Dividend III. The general German position is that the mobile industry with 5G got once enough attention, "so we'll take a break now, because we have to consider the others",

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The 19th World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC-19) runs from 28 October to 22 November 2019 in the Egyptian Sharm El Sheikh. The working meeting will take place every three to four years to review and, if necessary, review international treaties on the use of the radio spectrum, radio regulations and orbits of the satellites. The frequency range between 470 MHz and 690 MHz is primarily assigned to DVB-T2, but the cultural frequencies or PMSE of event technicians at 470 to 694 MHz also work with wireless microphones and in-ear monitors.

At the 2015 World Radiocommunications Conference, it was decided that the area would only be reviewed at WRC-23. According to informed sources, the Federal Ministry of Transport is of the opinion that questions should be settled in Europe instead of waiting for a decision of the World Radiocommunications Conference.

The mobile industry requires an assignment of the area. Markus Haas, Head of Telef├│nica Deutschland, initiated the discussion on a Digital Dividend III in September 2018 and demanded that the frequencies in the long-wave range below 700 megahertz should be harmonized worldwide and determined for their corresponding use. "If we want to cover the entire area in Germany, we will need even more spectrum in the coming years"Haas said.

At the end of September 2019, the IT industry association Bitkom published a position paper in which it committed itself to making these frequencies available in cooperation with broadcasters and operators of wireless means of production additional capacity for mobile telephony in order to meet the foreseeable future demand for a range below 1 GHz Supply of rural areas. The spectrum in this area is secured by EU decision until 2030 for digital terrestrial television DTT (Digital Terrestrial Television) and PSME. However, it is not determined how the division of the spectrum should look concrete, so that there is room for adjustments, said the Bitkom.