WBU Technical Committee Position on Spectrum Allocation Associated with WRC-15

Jun 23, 2014 / TORONTO, Canada – It is the WBU’s position that:

The use of radio-frequency spectrum by broadcasters remains an 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 services and systems;

DTV Broadcasting Service

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


This WBU position has been supported by spectrum studies both at UHF and Cband 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 radiofrequency bands both assigned and associated with broadcasting, in order to ensure the continued efficient use of these bands for broadcast media content distribution.

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