In AFIAL we add our support to the Call to Europe movement. We're already more than 100 cultural and media organizations from all over Europe calling on policy makers, governments and regulators to protect production and distribution through the lower band of the UHF spectrum (470 and 694 Megahertz).


At the World Radiocommunication Conference next autumn 2023 there is a risk of transferring this frequency band to mobile broadband services.

This attribution, called "co-primary", will mean a de facto exclusion of the audiovisual media and the cultural sector of the airwaves.

For media distribution:

· Terrestrial television (DTT) in the UHF spectrum is simple, inclusive and cheap: by connecting a television you have instant access to a wide variety of public and private programs.
· DTT in the UHF spectrum is reliable in all situations: even in natural or man-made disasters, the distribution of broadcasting is very robust.
· DTT in the UHF spectrum is a sustainable distribution method, and the most sustainable when it comes to distributing the same content to everyone.
· DTT is innovative: it is constant innovation and the development of new digital technologies, for example, UHD-4K or 5G broadcasting.

For media and film production, cultural performances and other live events:

· Frequencies are necessary for wireless means of production. They are important for: theater, musicals, live events, festivals, conferences, radio and television reporting and media production.
· Technical equipment is used for a long period of time and often moves from professional to non-professional organizations, thus applying the concept of circular economy.

The mobile services industry already benefits from significant spectrum resources in UHF, i.e. the 700 MHz and 800 MHz bands

These spectrum allocations, previously used by DTT and PMSE (Program Making and Special Events), were justified by the need to develop rural broadband, but the current rural deficiencies can only be solved by further developing infrastructure, and this can seize the spectrum already allocated to mobile broadband.

Every day millions of people across Europe benefit from terrestrial television, media productions and enjoy live cultural events.

In order for the media and the cultural sector to prosper, he defends keeping the lower UHF band for television distribution, audiovisual productions and cultural events.

Position yourself in favor of "Do not change" the Radio Regulations at the World Radiocommunication Conference next autumn 2023 (WRC-23). Join the Call to Europe 2023 movement!