Spain finalises digital dividend regulation
April 17, 2014
From David Del Valle in Madrid
Following its decision to close down nine DTT channels, the Spanish Administration is now speeding up its plans to pave the way for the allocation of the so-called digital dividend to be completed by January 2015.
The government will approve a Royal Decree before summer that will govern the entire process. “We will strictly keep to that timetable, which means that in January 2015, these digital dividend frequencies at 800 MHz, will be released and available to the telcos,” said the Telecommunications State Secretary, Victor Calvo-Sotelo. “We absolutely guarantee it and some (frequencies) may be available beforehand.”
The 800 Mhz frequencies are currently used by DTT channels which should migrate to other bands to allow the provision of 4G services by the telcos.