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Digital Dividend: Unresolved Interfer...

Digital Dividend: Unresolved Interference Problems, Unclear Overall Economic Benefits

The digitization of terrestrial television broadcasting in Germany is in full swing. Efficient data rate reduction methods are used. The DVB-T system applied in Germany allows to transmit, instead of one TV channel, up to four channels per UHF slot with comparable quality. The frequency spectrum that becomes available in the course of digitization is called the “Digital Dividend”. The Upper House of the German Parliament (Bundesrat) decided about specific frame conditions; however, interference problems for wireless microphones, DVB-T and Cable Television, as well as the overall economic benefits remain unclear.