What is the digital dividend? State of play in Europe

Massaro, Maria (A.A. 2012/2013) What is the digital dividend? State of play in Europe. Tesi di Laurea in Diritto ed economia della concorrenza, LUISS Guido Carli, relatore Andrea Renda, pp. 164. [Master's Degree Thesis]

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Radio spectrum is a public resource, conventionally defined as the portion of electromagnetic spectrum characterised by waves with frequency varying between 3 kHz and 3000 GHz. At the international level, the use of the radio spectrum is managed and coordinated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Within the international framework defined by ITU, each country is entitled to manage the radio spectrum according to national interests. Moreover, regional organisations stand between the international and national layers. The role played by regional organisations is related to the convention introduced by ITU to divide the world into three Regions: Europe, Africa, the Middle East and northern part of Asia are included in Region 1, the Americas and some of the eastern pacific islands constitute Region 2, the southern part of Asia and Oceania are comprised in Region 3. For many years, great part of the radio spectrum below 1 GHz has been allocated to analogue terrestrial broadcasting. However, with the advent of digital terrestrial television (DTT) and the consequent digital switchover a significant amount of the radio spectrum, in particular in the UHF band, has been freed up. In fact, DTT uses spectrum far more efficiently than analogue terrestrial television, requiring a smaller amount of spectrum in order to transmit the same content. The amount of spectrum that is above that nominally required to accommodate existing analogue television services in a digital form is defined as digital dividend. In 2007 the ITU decided to allocate the upper part of the UHF band, released by the digital switchover, to the mobile service on a co-primary basis with terrestrial television. Moreover, in 2012, the ITU expanded the digital dividend including the 694-790 MHz band, in ITU Region 1, which will host both television broadcasting and mobile service on a co-primary basis from 2016. The main purpose of the present thesis is to retrace the primary stages that have marked the evolution of the digital dividend issue. Nevertheless, the aim is to start early on, from a bit of history regarding the development of electromagnetic theory and the studies on radio waves, trying to gradually give the reader, which is not into this field, all the tools necessary to understand how events took place and why certain decisions were made, in particular in Europe.


Bibliografia: pp. 135-164.

Thesis Type: Master's Degree Thesis
Institution: LUISS Guido Carli
Degree Program: Master's Degree Programs > Master's Degree Program in Law and Economics (LM-77)
Chair: Diritto ed economia della concorrenza
Thesis Supervisor: Renda, Andrea
Thesis Co-Supervisor: Pardolesi, Roberto
Academic Year: 2012/2013
Session: Autumn
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital dividend. World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC). Mobile services. Digital terrestrial television (DTT).
Deposited by: Maria Teresa Nisticò
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2014 12:56
Last Modified: 19 May 2015 23:42
URI: https://tesi.luiss.it/id/eprint/11435


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