Among the options considered by RSPG, the first one with No Change with a possible agenda item for WRC-31 is the most aligned with the interest of the European viewers and listeners, workers and companies in the Content and creative industry. While the Wider Spectrum Group is not asking for another discussion in 2031, the Wider Spectrum Group believes that this option of RSPG would respect the EU UHF Decision.
On the UHF Band, the EU has a coordinated approach, which has been supported by the Wider Spectrum Group as a strategic and balanced compromise found in Europe around the allocation of the UHF Band 470-790 MHz band.
This is set in the EU UHF Decision, which is the foundation for a strong "No Change" EU position at WRC-23 on A.I. 1.5.
The EU UHF Decision is designed to support two European industrial policies for the long-term:
- On the one hand, the decision allowed the mobile sector to harmonize the 700 MHz band to the mobile service simultaneously in all Member States, a major building block of the Path to the Digital Decade.
- On the other hand, as emphasized in the Lamy Report, the European Audio-Visual Model is strengthened by the long-term allocation of the Sub-700 MHz band to terrestrial broadcasting and PMSE (Programme Making and Special Events). creating security to invest, also in future technologies
The principles behind the UHF band allocation are balanced and in line with the general interest. They are fit for the long term. With the clearance of the 700 MHz band from broadcasting and PMSE, the frequencies for the telco sector are now delivered, consequently the frequencies in the UHF for a creative Europe must equally be secured in EU spectrum policy and in the ITU process. Those frequencies are essential to safeguard content creation and delivery through broadcasting and PMSE, for the benefit of all users (viewers and listeners) and job creation. This conviction is being underlined in Member States across Europe, as demonstrated in a recent call to Europe on 30 June