Spain: Approval for €150m DTT migration aid

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The Spanish cabinet has approved by Royal Decree financial aid amounting to €150 million to help Spaniards retune their antennas in the second digital migration.

The fund will be destined to local communities to finance the adjustment of antennas, with aid between €104.30 and €677.95 for every residential community depending on the necessary infrastructure.

The financial packages are lower than the €289 million grants in the first DTT migration in 2015.

Spaniards must retune their antennas before DTT transmissions are switched off in the 694-790 MHz band by June 2020.

Under the new DTT plan, broadcasters must release the current 694-790 MHz band for use by 5G services and use the 470-694 MHz band with radioelectric channels from 21 to 48.

Broadcasters will operate the same and the current eight digital multiplexes (RGE1, RGE2, MPE1, MPE2, MPE3, MPE4, MPE5 and MAUT) will keep nationwide and regional coverage – but must migrate to HD before January 1st 2023.


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