Spain DTT plan: Court challenge
March 31, 2015
From David Del Valle in Madrid
Spanish company Infraestructuras y Gestión 2002 has challenged the Administration’s digital dividend plan before the Supreme Court – the same Court that ruled on the closure of 9 DTT channels and has still to decide the future of another 8 DTT channels.
Should the Court decide to overturn the awarding of the digital dividend, the DTT migration process could be affected. Infraestructuras y Gestión 2002 has also urged the government to call a public tender to award 5 new DTT licences for the launch of four HD and one SD channel in 2015. Originally slated to be awarded in the first half of the year, the new DTT licences have been put on hold until probably next September.
In the meantime, UTECA, the Association of private TV channels, has reported that with the DTT switch-off around 10,000 buildings aren’t complete, affecting between 50,000 and 100,000 people. The Association has accused the government of poor planning and has warned of interferences from 4G services in the DTT signals.