EBU slams mobile industry claims

European broadcasting union unites against tv spectrum release | The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) last month published a fact sheet to counter claims made by the mobile industry that linear broadcast TV

viewing is declining and that mobile operators will require access to UHF band spectrum (470 to 694 MHz) to meet anticipated demand for services. The EBU cited studies that predict that live TV viewing will still account for 82 per cent of all TV consumption by 2020 and claimed that current estimates for future mobile internet use are greatly overestimated.

Broadcasters from all over the world are resolved about the importance of the UHF band because it provides the only set of air waves which are globally available for digital terrestrial broadcasting. “Long-term certainty about the availability of the UHF band is also necessary to ensure continued investment and innovation by broadcasters,” it noted

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