About this report

In September 2022, Broadcast Networks Europe (BNE) selected South 180 to conduct a study to assess the role and importance of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) and broadcasting services. The study aims to support the decision making process on the use of the lower UHF band (470-694 MHz) at the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23) by providing the involved stakeholders with evidence on the value of DTT.

Therefore, the goals of this report is to provide BNE, its members and its stakeholders with a forward-looking perspective of the multiple types of value created by Digital Terrestrial Television, its operators and the broadcasters using it. As such, this reports provides evidence and arguments about how society benefits from DTT.

The conducted research offers an international perspective, including data and cases from relevant national markets –paying special attention to those where DTT has a higher penetration-. The resulting arguments have a focus on Europe, but in many cases they are also relevant and can be extrapolated to other regions of the world where DTT is a critical network for the distribution of television.

The first section of the report unveils BNE’s vision for the decade of the 2030s, which illustrates the value that its members could deliver if the No Change position prevails in the Region 1 of the ITU at WRC-23.

The second section presents the Digital Terrestrial Television Value Model, i.e. how society and individuals benefit from the existing DTT infrastructure, from the activities carried out by the broadcasters relying on this network for the distribution of their linear television signal, and from the contents that they receive.

This Digital Terrestrial Television Value Model is structured in 6 dimensions, which include 24 key arguments that highlight the value delivered by DTT network operators
and broadcasters. Additionally, 12 cases provide tangible evidence of the positive impact of the DTT network.


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