Ten in running for Italian DTT
September 8, 2011
From Branislav Pekic in Rome
A total of ten companies have submitted applications to Italy’s Communications Authority (AgCom) to take part in the procedure for the award of the rights to 6 digital terrestrial television (DTT) multiplexes.
Five of the frequencies are for DVB-T, while one is for DVB-H.
The companies are: Canale Italia, Telecom Italia Media Broadcasting, Elettronica Industriale (part of the Mediaset group), Sky Italia Network Service, Prima TV, Europa Way, 3lettronica Industriale (part of the 3 Italia group), Rai, Tivuitalia and Dbox.
The names of the companies admitted to the procedure for the allocation of frequencies will be made public after completion, by the Evaluation Committee, of the specific procedure laid down in the tender documents. Points will be awarded not only for the technical and commercial aspects of the bid, but also for the business structure of the company.
Existing terrestrial broadcasters (Rai, Mediaset, Telecom Italia Media) can compete for up to two multiplexes, while Sky Italia will be able to compete for only one multiplex and will not be able to offer pay-TV