Spain: 2nd DTT migration compensation call
November 23, 2016
From David Del Valle in Madrid
DTT operators, trade unions and TV users’ associations in Spain have asked the Government for compensation and financial aid to carry out the second digital migration to be completed in 2022 with the arrival of 5G services.
UTECA, Cellnex, Fenitel, Televés, FAPAE, CC.OO., the Sindicato de Periodistas, Unired, the Academia de la Televisión, PATE, the Asociación de Usuarios de la Comunicación, ICMedia and Tryo Comunicaciones have put their names to a document – Compromiso con el futuro de la televisión abierta (Compromise with the future of FTA TV) – urging the Administration to approve a “rational” timetable to implement the migration with legal certainty for all affected parties.
They have requested that the new allocation of frequencies is given “with respect to the general interest” to the benefit of citizens and the affected agents”.
The first DTT migration was completed in 2015. Now, the DTT industry and users fear that the decision of the EU regarding the use of UHF band may have a negative impact with the reduction of spectrum to the detriment of DTT.
They have also requested that the allocation of the sub-700 MHz band is guaranteed until at least 2030.