1) WRC-15 preparation and influence on spectrum allocationSome European mobile operators are pressing for the 700 MHz band to be auctioned off as soon as 2016. However, if this happens shortly after WRC-15 then the auction process will certainly not take into consideration the need to use this band for the delivery of nonlinear broadcast services. Rather, similar to the auctions in the 800 MHz band, the spectrum will be used for traditional IMT networks. Then, calling for cooperation between broadcast and mobile networks will most likely not be successful.Therefore, broadcasters should:· Lobby their administrations to propose, at WRC-15, postponing the allocation of the 700 MHz band in the Northern part of ITU Region 1 to an appropriate date. This can beachieved by virtue of a corresponding footnote; and· Lobby administrations on a European level to postpone the auctions of the 700 MHz band spectrum to a point in time when the concepts for cooperation between broadcast andmobile networks are mature in order to prevent it being used only for traditional IMT services. Alternatively, if auctioning is envisaged at an early stage, conditions for the usage of spectrum should be imposed which would enable cooperation between broadcast and broadband networks at a later point in time.
2) Integration of broadcast receivers in smartphones and tabletsIn some markets this is already reality, such as Japan and Korea. It is important to investigate what regulatory and economic conditions there are. What are the differences and, if such integration proves to be applicable for Europe too, develop a strategy to lobby for this at a European level.Furthermore, in other regions of the world, such as Mexico for example, there is a serious debate about this issue going on. Typically, regulators base their decisions on the feedback received during corresponding consultation processes. Broadcasters around the world should carefully monitor any such activities and participate in associated consultation processes if possible.
3) Development of technically feasible options for network cooperationBroadcasters should actively engage in the development of technological options for cooperation between broadcast and broadband networks. Several activities in this area are already underway which are associated with what is called “Dynamic Broadcasting” or “Overlay broadcast and cellular mobile networks”. Broadcasters should decide to actively participate in this research. Also, it would be beneficial to convince the EC to support such activities at a European level. It is important in this respect to consider a wider range of broadband technologies beyond IMT (for example Wi-Fi) to ensure optimal usage of resources such as spectrum and network infrastructure.