Huge Win by (Re) Use Tv Spectrum for Mobile Broadband

The rent of the 700 MHz frequency band for tv signals will expire in 2020, according to a report the frequencies can be reused for mobile broadband and create a gain of up to 4 billion.

Business Agency has in a study concluded that in Denmark is an increasing demand for spectrum for mobile broadband, we have therefore taken a look at some of the frequency ranges which today is used to broadcast television signals, namely the 700 MHz frequency range.

It is based on a report from Ramboll which points out that there will be an economic gain of between 2.5 and 4 billion dollars over a ten-year period by using the 700 MHz frequency range to mobile broadband instead of tv-signals. This economic gain should be reflected through increased productivity and is according to Ramboll a conservative estimate.

The right properties

Business Agency points out that 700 MHz frequency range has the right properties to cover the sparsely populated areas with mobile broadband, according to them, there are no other available frequencies with the same technical characteristics.

The frequency range is used by DIGI-TV (DR and TV2), this rental agreement runs until 2020, which then has to decide what to do with frequencies.
700 MHz frequency band represents today approximately one third of the frequencies currently allocated to antenna tv. According to the report, there will still be enough space in the frequency range to send tv signals, however, requires that the spectrum be used more optimally-for example, by switching to a better standard as send BVB-T2.

Television viewers loses

Although the report shows an overall economic benefit, a shift in the send standard be a cost to the citizens who are affected in that they must invest in new equipment, including tv distributors must fork out when sending network must be adapted, respectively 300 and 600 million kroner, it is expected to cost the two groups.

Ramboll has also been looking at some of the risks by using tv spectrum for mobile broadband, including the problems that can arise as a result of interference between the frequency bands that are similar to each other. They conclude that in most cases will be resolved with a filter, however, also points out that the extent of the problem but can take when deploying 800 MHz LTE network in the lower frequencies.

Business Agency’s investigations has been submitted for consultation with response time limit of 8.September 2014.