Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my great pleasure to welcome you on behalf of the International Telecommunication Union to this Information Session on Spectrum Management and Transition to Digital Broadcasting.
Digital transition has become an important global issue. Digital broadcasting can provide a greater number of channels with higher quality within the same available bandwidth. It can also support advanced applications and features such as interactivity and electronic programme guides. Furthermore, this transition frees up spectrum, the so-called “digital dividend”, which can be used for enhanced broadcasting services and wireless mobile broadband, a key part of the solution to extend internet access to currently underserved areas.
The transition to digital broadcasting is a major challenge facing all countries, but in particular, developing and least developed countries.
I am therefore very pleased to be presenting our practical set of guidelines, designed to help countries through their analogue to digital transition. ITU will help countries implement the guidelines through country-level assistance and regional initiatives. These Guidelines are now available on the ITU web-site free of charge.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Korean Communication Commission for their support of this effort.
I am also very pleased to draw your attention to our work on Spectrum Management. We have made available a computer program to assist developing countries perform their spectrum management responsibilities more effectively.
This program is known as Spectrum Management System for Developing Countries.
I’m sure you will enjoy the presentations you will now be given on the Guidelines and the SMS4DC.
Hyderabad, WTDC-10 5/27/2010