Referring to the consultations on DVB-H tests a meeting between market players and representatives of the Polish regulatory authorities involving the National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) and the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) was held.
During a meeting on 29 November 2007, the representatives of UKE summarised the interest of particular parties in different aspects of DVB-H/DVB-SH tests (split in thematic groups) as well as technical and regulatory conditions for the implementation of mobile TV in Poland.
During the debate the following presentations took place:
UKE and KRRiT presented a common position agreed on 27 November 2007 on the parallel launch of the first and the second DVB-T multiplex and on the search for frequencies for DVB-H tests without intervening in the consistency of the first and the second multiplex.
The objective of the two bodies is to launch digital terrestrial TV as quickly as possible, covering the two multiplexes in the transition period, which should make the digital terrestrial offer more attractive as early as during the transition period by extending the number of publicly available programmes. Only when the launch of digital terrestrial TV is significantly delayed will the use of certain channels from the second multiplex be re-considered for temporary analogue transmissions, provided that they are coordinated with the neighbouring countries, which may be difficult. In this situation the designation of certain channels from the second multiplex to supplement DVB-H trial transmissions will be re-considered.
The President of UKE Anna Streżyńska has informed that due to planned joint tests proposed by market players it is not planned to extend the current DVB-H tests in UHF and the channels outside multiplex 1 or multiplex 2 used in these tests will be used in a planned broader test. She also reminded operators that carry out the tests that having completed them, they are obliged to present test reports.
The President of UKE declared that the first channels in the UHF band to launch the test will be available as early as from 1 February 2008 onwards and subsequent channels will supplement the test as long as international coordination has been successfully completed. It will be possible to carry out parallel tests in the S- and L-bands.
All interested parties should agree on the organisational form (a consortium) and the selection of an entity to be authorised to use the frequencies on a trial basis in favour of the entities gathered in the consortium. UKE proposed that interested parties select from themselves the leaders in particular groups of interested entities (infrastructure operators, content providers, software manufacturers, equipment manufacturers), and then decide on how these groups should cooperate within a consortium. The consortium must be open on equal terms to each party wishing to join it at every moment of the test. The conditions under which one may join the consortium must be public, transparent, objective and non-discriminating.
All comments and suggestions concerning the allocation of interested entities to particular thematic groups, technical aspects of DVB-H/DVB-SH implementation, conclusions from the discussion as well as on how to establish the consortium and what principles should govern its functioning should be sent to the following e-mail address: email@example.com
Presentations and recordings from the debate on DVB-H are available in Polish.