The US has led calls to allocate a significant chunk of the radio frequency spectrum for use by digital television. On the opening day the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), US delegation leader Richard Russell said it was important that countries identify sections or ‘bands’ of wavelengths to be used exclusively for advanced wireless services. The ITU is empowered to allocate frequencies for commercial use among its member countries.
Identifying frequency space for digital television and other wireless technologies would act as an incentive for companies to develop such products for a global market, Russell said. He estimated the market value of freeing up spectrum space could be worth $10 billion to $15 billion in the US alone.