LONDON, UK, 04 December 2008:
A consortium led by premier telecoms, IT and media adviser Analysys Mason, including the economic consultancy DotEcon and the law firm Hogan & Hartson LLP, has been awarded a contract to produce a study by the European Commission entitled “Exploiting the digital dividend – a European approach”.
Across Europe, each country is either planning or in the process of switching over from analogue television signals to digital. This switchover will free up a significant amount of spectrum (primarily in the UHF band), the so-called ‘digital dividend’.
This provides an unprecedented opportunity in view of:
-the superior propagation characteristics of the UHF band and the amount of spectrum that is potentially available (theoretically up to 350MHz)
-the wide range of potential uses of the spectrum, including additional digital terrestrial television (including HD), cellular/wireless broadband networks (especially in less populated areas), broadcast mobile-TV networks, low-power uses (e.g. radio microphones and short-range data devices)
-the potential role this spectrum could play in creating economic growth and new employment across Europe.
The study will identify and evaluate options for a co-ordinated EU approach.
“There is a risk that the actions regarding the digital dividend of one or more Member States could positively or negatively affect the interests of others.” explains Amit Nagpal, Partner at Analysys Mason. “There may, therefore, be an overall gain in welfare if there was some degree of action at the EU level to co-ordinate the future use of the digital dividend.”
The study will include:
-conducting an inventory of the situation regarding the digital dividend in each Member State
-carrying out analysis to understand the demand for the spectrum as well as the social and economic value of potential users
-reviewing technical issues (e.g. technology trends, interference issues)
-developing a range of scenarios for a co-ordinated EU approach, and a cost/benefit analysis of each approach.
The output of the study will include a final recommendation for a co-ordinated approach along with a proposed roadmap for implementation.
Analysys Mason, DotEcon and Hogan & Hartson have an excellent track record on issues regarding the digital dividend, including high profile studies for:
-the ARCEP (the French regulator), to assess the value of different allocations of the digital dividend. A copy of our final report, in French, along with an English translation of the executive summary can be found at [http://www.analysysmason.com/digitaldividend]
-Ofcom (the UK regulator), to assess its award options for the digital dividend. For information regarding this award, including a copy of our final report, please refer to Ofcom’s website (http://www.ofcom.org.uk/consult/condocs/ddr/report_analysys/)
-a third European regulator to evaluate the economic and social benefits of the digital dividend.
For further information please contact Gina Ghensi at the Analysys Mason press office email@example.com or telephone +44 (0)1223 460600.
Link to our press release: http://www.analysysmason.com/Consulting/Services/Strategy-co...
Note that the opinions expressed in this study will be those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.
About Analysys Mason (www.analysysmason.com)
Analysys Mason delivers strategy advice, operations support, and market intelligence worldwide to leading commercial and public-sector organisations in telecoms, IT, and media. Analysys Mason consistently delivers significant and sustainable business benefits. We are respected worldwide for the exceptional quality of our work, our independence and the flexibility of our teams in responding to client needs. The company has over 300 staff worldwide, with headquarters in London and offices in Cambridge, Dubai, Dublin, Edinburgh, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Paris, Singapore and Washington DC.
About DotEcon (www.dotecon.com)
DotEcon Limited is a specialist consultancy firm that provides leading-edge economic analysis. Our clients include blue-chip corporations, regulatory and competition authorities, governments, law firms, trade associations and international agencies. We assist with: developing public policy; designing and responding to regulation; competition and merger analysis; litigation support and dispute resolution; quantitative analysis to support business strategy; and designing auctions and marketplaces.
About Hogan & Hartson LLP (www.hhlaw.com)
Hogan & Hartson is an international law firm founded in Washington, D.C., with more than 1,100 lawyers in 27 offices worldwide. The firm has a broad-based national and international practice that cuts across virtually all legal disciplines and industries.
Hogan & Hartson has offices in Abu Dhabi, Baltimore, Beijing, Berlin, Boulder, Brussels, Caracas, Colorado Springs, Denver, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Moscow, Munich, New York, Northern Virginia, Paris, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Warsaw, and Washington, D.C.
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