FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.