Cube Interactive awarded digital switchover spectrum space

LONDON - Digital content creator Cube Interactive has been awarded a licence to use spectrum freed up from digital TV switchover to run mobile TV, local TV or broadband services in the Cardiff region.

Cube Interactive: awarded digital switchover spectrum space in Cardiff
Cube Interactive: awarded digital switchover spectrum space in Cardiff

Earlier this month, Ofcom awarded a local TV licence in Manchester to Guardian Media Group-owned Channel M Television, which provides local television in Greater Manchester.

Cube will transmit on part of the TV spectrum that will be freed-up after the digital television switchover in 2012.  The part of the spectrum Cube will be broadcast on is used as a buffer between television transmitters to prevent them interfering with each other's broadcast. Low power users, such as regional television, can use these spectra without causing interference.

Later Ofcom awards could combine packages of spectrum in different parts of the UK at the same time. This, Ofcom said, would allow bidders to put together blocks of spectrum so that they could offer wireless services in a network of cities or across a large part of the UK.

Depending on demand, Ofcom could offer smaller packages of spectrum, similar to those available in Cardiff and Manchester that would be suitable for local TV in a variety of locations. These awards could take place roughly one year ahead of digital switchover in each region, Ofcom said.

Lord Carter's interim Digital Britain report recently proposed that regional publishers, supported by public funds, could play a greater role in local news provision as ITV cuts local news.

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