Marko Ala-Fossi Marko Ala-Fossi

(I want sincerely to thank my colleague Marko Ala-Fossi for this disinterested collaboration in this first stage of the web)

The European governments and regulators are currently considering whether they should reallocate even more spectrum space from broadcasting to mobile broadband like it was suggested at the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) in February 2012. However, creating a “second digital dividend” by vacating also the 700 MHz band in Europe is a real challenge, because it means that terrestrial digital TV would lose about 30 percent of its frequencies.

Finland was the first country in Europe to confirm its plans about how broadcast television will soon be forced to make room for the growth of new mobile broadband services. But what will happen elsewhere in Europe – for example in Spain, where an absolute majority of households are still dependent on terrestrial television – and what all this means for the future of European broadcasting? Can it be successfully replaced with other technologies?

That is what our pan-European research team is planning to find out by the end of 2016. We have members from eight countries: Josef Trappel (University of Salzburg) from Austria, Per Jauert (Aarhus University) from Denmark, Manfred Kops (University of Cologne) from Germany, Brian O’Neill (Dublin Institute of Technology) from Ireland, Hallvard Moe (University of Bergen) from Norway, Montse Bonet (Autonomous University of Barcelona) from Spain, Stephen Lax (University of Leeds) from the UK and Marko Ala-Fossi (University of Tampere) from Finland, acting also as the coordinator of the group.

This study is a part of a larger research project “Broadcasting in the Post-Broadcast Era: Policy, Technology, and Content Production” based at the University of Tampere and funded by the Academy of Finland.