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Ofcom shuts door on protected HDTV spectrum space

December 17th, 2007 · No Comments

Ofcom has categorically ruled out ring-fencing any of the spectrum space, due to be freed up when the UK’s analogue TV services are shut down in 2012, for high definition services. The broadcasting watchdog says that it is confident that a ‘market-led approach’ to the spectrum sale is the correct way forward. According to Ofcom’s Philip Rutman “there’s no compelling case” for enforcing specific spectrum use. The only possible future now for high definition TV on the Freeview platform is a limited number of channels delivered via a single multiplex, encoded using MPEG4.
Ed Richards, the chief executive of Ofcom, adds: “The digital dividend will be one of the most significant and valuable in the UK for 20 years. Our approach is designed to maximize these considerable benefits for UK citizens and consumers as a whole. We can expect the benefits of the digital dividend to include more choice, fresh competition and technological innovation.” It’s widely expected that the spectrum will be carved up between mobile phone operators. The last spectrum auction, held in 2000, netted 22.5 billion pounds for the UK government.

Tags: Broadcasting · High definition TV · Trade

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