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UHF frequencies should be preserved for broadcasting says German association

The Alliance for Broadcasting and Cultural Frequencies says UHF range between 470 and 694 MHz should not be given over to mobile communications

A new group formed of broadcasters and technology vendors is calling for UHF frequencies in Germany to remain for use by broadcasters rather than being employed for mobile communications.

The Alliance for Broadcasting and Cultural Frequencies includes founding members ARD, Deutschlandradio, Media Broadcast, the German Media Authorities (Medienanstalten), the SOS – Save Our Spectrum initiative, Sennheiser, VAUNET – German Media Association, ZDF and the German Electro and Digital Industry Association ZVEI e.V.

Germany’s UHF range between 470 and 694 MHz is currently allocated for broadcasting until 2030. In Germany, ARD, ZDF and Media Broadcast use the frequencies for terrestrial digital television (DVB-T2 / Freenet TV).

In addition, the frequencies are used at events, concerts and festivals for radio microphones and other wireless production equipment, as well as at trade fairs or lectures at universities.

The Alliance is campaigning to preserve the frequency, stating that a loss of the frequencies would have a direct impact on terrestrial TV viewers.

It is calling on the organisers of the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2023 to add the issue to the topics up for debate.