The provision of a vibrant and relevant national public broadcasting sector and indigenous commercial broadcast services is a core element of Irish broadcast policy.
A key enabler for this policy is the continued availability of the national free-to-air Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) network (SAORVIEW) which operates in the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) band.
If national free-to-air broadcasting is to be allowed to continue to develop its competitive position in the market, and continue to form a key element in the Irish digital economy, then regulatory certainty, including certainty in regard to the future availability of radio spectrum, is needed.
This report looks at the issues in regard to the use and availability of UHF spectrum from the Broadcast perspective and makes recommendations aimed at safeguarding our national broadcast sector into the future, maximising benefits to the Irish economy and society alike.
Note on UHF Spectrum Policy Review Group
The UHF Spectrum Policy Review Group was established in 2013 by the Broadcasting Policy Division of the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources with the remit of (a) examining the current issues and expected future developments associated with the current use of UHF spectrum for purposes of ‘free to air’ DTT broadcasting; and (b) establishing a defined policy in regard to the continued use of such spectrum for these purposes.
The Group consists of representatives of the main stakeholders engaged in terrestrial television broadcasting matters in Ireland.