Sweden Says UHF Is for Mobile
March 11, 2014
The Swedish government has decided that the UHF frequency
band 694-790 MHz should be used solely for mobile communications as of
2017. TV broadcasters thus have three years to
migrate from this space to 470-694 MHz or to the VHF Band III (174-240
MHz), which means sharing the latter with DAB radio.
a consequence, and since TV (DVB-T) consumes more bandwidth than radio,
DAB radio in Sweden could end up with limited space. In 2007, Finland
assigned the VHF Band III exclusively to TV and has since dismissed
DAB/DAB+ for radio distribution.
Today, 25 percent of Swedish households receive TV via a digital
terrestrial network. The majority of viewing is via cable and satellite,
while online viewing is also increasing. A political decision
on the future of DAB radio in Sweden is expected in 2015.