CBU joins global broadcasters in lobbying governments to vote for no change in allocation of UHF frequencies at crucial spectrum meeting next week

Aug 12, 2015 | News Releases


World Broadcasting Unions’ (WBU)

Statement on Spectrum Allocation Associated with WRC-15

August 11, 2015 / Toronto, Canada – At a June 23rd meeting of the Directors and

Secretaries General of the WBU in Prague (the Czech Republic) the WBU position on

Spectrum Allocation, which will be discussed in the forthcoming World Radio Conference

(WRC-15) later this year, was strongly reaffirmed.

The use of radio-frequency spectrum by broadcasters remains the most important vehicle

for the efficient and scalable delivery of high-quality media content and emergency

alerting services to both fixed and mobile audiences, specifically relying on the following

The WBU does not support any change to the current spectrum allocations at UHF

frequencies (470 –694/ 698 MHz).

Contiguous spectrum should be allotted in the bands assigned to the broadcast service to

allow for the robust delivery of high-quality media content, data and signaling that meets

or exceeds the capabilities of current fixed and mobile reception and display devices as

well as those that are expected to be deployed in the future.

Satellite Distribution Systems

The WBU does not support any change to the current spectrum allocations at C-band or

extended C-band frequencies. The use of downlink spectrum allocated at C-Band (3.7 –

4.2 GHz) or extended C-band in the Fixed-Satellite Service (FSS) is essential to

broadcasters’ operations around the world. Systems employing this FSS band have been

extensively deployed over decades, primarily for the distribution of content from network

centres to affiliated stations, cable head-ends and to other receiving systems.

This WBU position has been supported by spectrum studies both at UHF and C-band

frequencies which have demonstrated that major interference to broadcast operations

would result from sharing in these bands with IMT. These studies have been filed with the

ITU. The WBU will continue to participate actively in spectrum studies of the radio-
frequency bands both assigned and associated with broadcasting, in order to ensure the

continued efficient use of these bands for broadcast media content distribution.

It is the view of the WBU that delegates to WRC-15 and ITU member countries give

serious consideration and attention to this Statement.

The WBU is the coordinating body for broadcasting unions who represent broadcaster

networks across the globe. It was established in 1992 as a coordinating body at the

international broadcasting level. Since then, the WBU has provided global solutions on

key issues for its member unions. The North American Broadcasters Association (NABA)

acts as secretariat for the WBU.

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