Terrestrial broadcasting plays a significant role in TV reception… but the UHF (Ultra High Frequency) band is highly coveted by the mobile industry.
Hybrid networks could provide an answer to spectrum scarcity in the UHF band.

This report presents the most likely scenarios for the UHF band and the role of hybrid networks between now and 2025.

Table of contents

1. Executive summary

2. Methodology & definitions

3. Introduction

4. Broadcasting spectrum status

5. Mobile spectrum status and future needs

6. Could hybrid networks solve the spectrum scarcity issue in the UHF band?

7. 2025 scenarios for the UHF band in Europe

8. Glossary

9. Annex: ASO (Analogue Switch-off) and DTT RoU (Rights of Use)

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Geographic area & Players

  • Australia
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Austria
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
Latin America
  • Brazil
  • Chile
Middle East & Africa
  • Senegal
  • South Africa
  • United Arab Emirates
North America
  • Canada
  • United States


  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Anatel
  • Arqiva
  • Astra
  • AT&T
  • BBC
  • Broadcom
  • BT
  • China Mobile
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • DIrecTV
  • Dish Network
  • EE
  • Ericsson
  • Eutelsat
  • FCC
  • Industry Canada
  • Inmarsat
  • Intelsat
  • Iridium
  • KDDi
  • Korea Telecom
  • KPN
  • KT
  • Lantiq
  • LightSquared
  • Mediatek
  • Netflix
  • Netgem
  • Ofcom
  • Orange
  • Qualcomm
  • Reliance
  • Samsung
  • SiriusXM
  • Smart Communications
  • Sprint (formerly Sprint Nextel)
  • Subtel
  • Taiwan Mobile
  • TDF
  • Technicolor
  • Telstra
  • TerreStar
  • Thomson
  • Thuraya
  • T-Mobile
  • TRAI
  • Verizon Wireless
  • YouTube


Executive summary

Introduction: Use of the radio spectrum below 6 GHz in Europe

1. Broadcasting spectrum status
• Terrestrial broadcasting plays a significant role in TV reception…
• …but the UHF band is coveted by the mobile industry

2. Mobile spectrum status and future needs
• LTE spectrum
• Main LTE frequency bands: FDD
• Supplemental downlink (SDL)
• Spectrum price below 1 GHz: between 40 and 80 € cents per MHz and per pop.

3. Hybrid networks could provide an answer to spectrum scarcity in the UHF band
• Hybrid networks could provide an answer to spectrum scarcity in the UHF band
• Terrestrial broadcast technologies
• eMBMS (evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast services)
• Hybrid projects

4. 2025 scenarios for the UHF band in Europe
• Presentation of the scenarios and main assumptions
• Criteria presented in our scenarios
• The most likely scenario
• Conclusion and main issues

Other details

  • Reference: M14315MRA
  • Delivery: on the DigiWorld Interactive platform
  • Languages available: English
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