[opendtv] HDTV vs mobile vs other uses of UHF post analogue TV in the UK: OFCOM URLs

  • From: Dermot Nolan <dermot@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "opendtv [opendtv]" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 10:41:31 +0100 (CET)

As promised. The debate begins as OFCOM plans to auction 112Mhz of UHF 
beachfront spectrum.
The top level URL: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/consult/condocs/ddr/summary/
Consumer research on HDTV vs MDTV vs DTT vs others: 
http://www.ofcom.org.uk/consult/condocs/ddr/mktresearch/ . Fascinating.
UHF spectrum auctions: 
A fascinating technical report on the interference issues for deployment of 
various services in the released UHF spectrum:
This document, read betwen the lines, appears to indicate that the most 
technically compatible options are DTT (either HD or more SD) and MDTV. 
Apparently the cellular operators are NOT interested in UHF for cellular 
communications as they already have sufficient spectrum at 900 and 1800Mhz for 
2G services, and wide channel Wimax is a big problem in 8Mhz UHF channel 
rasters. Well worth reading.

This is likely to open up a can of worms both in the UK and other countries 
because of the complexities in introducing other services in the UHF bands 
after analogue TV shutdowns (look at the issues with MDTV and DTT 
coexisting...) and the idea that FTA broadcasters should pay market rates for 
HDTV spectrum. A battle royal can now be anticipated...

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