Are you aware of spectrum repacking and incentive auction? Let me describe those terms first for the new entries. Spectrum repacking is nothing but, a more room that is being given by the broadcast spectrum to wireless broadband or different point microwave services and the spectrum repacking is done through incentive auction. The major transition that is being experienced by broadcast television industry is reverse auction of channel on television that is followed by repacking of spectrum. Spectrum repacking takes place in the range of 600MHZ band to provide room for mobile wireless services. As far as broadcasting industry is concerned, spectrum repacking has a great impact that includes estimation costs, tower site equipment and new transmitter timelines. It’s definitely the role of electronic product suppliers to help their customers to deal the challenges of spectrum repacking and incentive auction along with the channel relocation.
USTC’s role in spectrum repacking as electronic product suppliers
In a more timely and accurate way, the professional sales team at USTC help customers by providing each and every information they need to make decisions. If any customer needs our help at any situation don’t panic and get delayed because many stations especially in TV broadcasting in Malawi require the same sort of services you perform at the very same time.
Relocation of the channels requires latest and new hardware that includes transmitter, antenna, channel mask filters and also transmission line must be possibly replaced. As the reimbursement of the stations can be attained at a particular expense of fund allocated by the government and also based on the incentive auction proceedings, an opportunity to upgrade to the advanced transmitters arise for suppliers.
For TV broadcasting in Malawi, USTC offers transmitters with high-energy efficiency, easily operable, IP remote monitoring, broadband accessibility that allows channel agility and comparatively little maintenance. This is the basic offerings by USTC and in many other situations, replacing aging internet of things or transmitters of tube type with solid-state technology can be replaced that provides customers power capabilities and additional benefits that were not there during transition of digital TV.
ASTC 3.0 is on fast track
While the ATSC 3.0 standard which is the next generation is on speedy track and in development process for getting adopted. But is unpredictable whether it will be ready for adoption for those channels which are getting upgraded due to spectrum repacking.
As far as the future of DTV is considered, ASTC 3.0 is very much necessary for DTV broadcasting as it facilitates Mobile DTV. Mobile DTV is a very attracting new business model for those stations that need to reach video watching viewers on mobile as a part of their multi-stage delivery. Another advantage is that it offers higher capacity for Ultra High-definition TV and multi channel services which is included in more bandwidth intensive program content.
But for the time being, at this moment, the most vital thing for broadcasters is to get proceeding on creating a proposal for development expenses and timelines, getting right quotes in writing, and getting advices from broadcasting experts to get the data needed to maximize the spectrum repacking and opportunity for channel relocation.
Due to the dynamic nature of spectrum repacking and process of channel relocation many clarifications and updates are expected within next 1. Its our responsibility as electronic product suppliers to make our customers updated about advancement through our next blogs.