The Broadcast Working Group manages technical and regulatory issues with regard to audiovisual devices and services, broadcast services, and content matters. The group’s main objectives include enabling the emergence of new markets using digital technologies for content and programme delivery, contributing to the successful growth of connected television, contributing to the debate on coexistence between broadcast and mobiles services, and contributing to the specification of the evolution of High Definition Television and beyond.
The coexistence group consists of members from both the TV/broadcast and mobile communities. The group monitors the effects of deploying LTE services in the 800MHz band with the aim of preventing or at least minimising any interference impact into Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), thus assisting the satisfactory roll-out of LTE services in the 800MHz band. Part of the group’s remit is to raise awareness of the different interference issues and mitigation techniques so that new countries can benefit from the knowledge accumulated in countries where LTE 800 was already launched.
The World Radio Conference 2012 opened a debate on the future of the 700 MHz band, which is currently part of the terrestrial television resources. Its conversion to mobile broadband spectrum can help achieve the ambitious Digital Agenda for Europe targets of high data rates to every household. DIGITALEUROPE develops positions balancing the need for avoiding disruption of digital terrestrial television services for European citizens with the opportunity for mobile broadband in a globally harmonised band.
In the lower part of the UHF Band, DIGITALEUROPE strives to find a real win-win solution that would cater for innovative use of the band allowing flexibly for co-existence between MBB and DTT under the condition that any scenario should preserve current and future deployments of DTT and avoid any disruption to current and future DTT installations. DIGITALEUROPE sees Supplemental Downlink as a promising scenario for introducing additional mobile capacity. It would allow to cater for the specific needs of European Member States to move at different paces depending on their DTT penetration while keeping a common mobile terminal ecosystem benefitting from economy of scales.
While HDTV is widely adopted in Europe, the next step of even higher picture quality has entered the market: Ultra-High Definition. Ultra HD is a significant step to higher resolution and has the potential to bring digital cinema quality into consumers’ homes. Currently, two resolutions are called UHD; ‘4K’ with four times as many pixels as 1080p, and ‘8K’, with 16 times the pixels as 1080p. With the introduction of its Ultra HD logo, DIGITALEUROPE is working to ensure a smooth and successful, well-coordinated introduction of Ultra HD into the European market.
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