Consequences if the 700 MHz band is being assigned to mobile services in the future
The 2012 World Radio Conference (WRC-12) decided that after WRC-15 the 700 MHz band will also be allocated to mobile broadband on an equal footing with broadcasting. The 700 MHz band constitutes approximately 30 per cent of the frequency band used by today's digital terrestrial television network. NTV has permission to use the frequency band 470-790 MHz for digital terrestrial television (DTT) until 2 June 2021. Any change in the use of the 700 MHz band will pose challenges for terrestrial television. Norway has not yet decided whether in the future the 700 MHz band will be assigned to mobile services or whether it will continue to be used for broadcasting.
The Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) therefore initiated a project to examine the consequences for the terrestrial network of the loss of the 700 MHz band. In collaboration with NTV, NRK, RiksTV and Norkring, Nkom has prepared an impact assessment report examining the technical consequences for the digital terrestrial television network if the 700 MHz band (694–790 MHz) is being assigned to mobile services in the future. In addition, on commission from Nkom, Nexia has prepared a report estimating the costs of five different technical scenarios for the digital terrestrial television network. Both the impact analysis reports for the 700 MHz band are attached.