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Broadcasting Infrastructure in the Republic of Serbia - Call for Action upon PP-10 Res. 126 (Rev. Guadalajara, 2010)

Reliable public broadcasting and telecommunication systems are indispensable for promoting the socio-economic development of countries. Overcoming the past turbulent passage, Serbia has envisioned such path to development by rebuilding its public broadcasting  system, and further developing its broadcasting infrastructure, and the ​​overall ICT environment. 
ITU has supported Serbia's efforts with the updated ITU Reso​lutio​​n 126 (Rev. Guadalajara, 2010) at the ITU Plenipotentiary conference 2010 in Guadalajara. 

This page strives to capture Serbia's achievements in developing its broadcasting infrastructure, ways of partnering with global communicaty, and what action is required in the future. 
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ITU Assistance to Rebuilding the Broadcasting Infrastructure in Serbia

ITU’s  key role in rebuilding Serbia’s telecommunication sector has been widely recognized.​ In accordance with Resolution 126 of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference held in 2010, “Assistance and support to Serbia for rebuilding its destroyed public broadcasting system”, and Resolution 33 (Rev. Doha, WTDC06), BDT’s experts visited Serbia in 2011 to assess the assistance and support to be given to the country. After collecting information on the status of Serbia’s broadcasting networks and the requirements for further development, ITU proposed guidelines for future assistance.

BDT has already assisted Serbia by providing ETV with a field survey vehicle (a car equipped with an antenna mast and monitoring receiver, television receiver and set-top box, and a global positioning system). In addition, based on the information collected during the expert mission and after a review meeting held in Geneva in early 2012 during the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC12), ITU has prepared a project document in order to mobilize funds for the full implementation of Resolution 126.

In 2011, public enterprise Emisiona Tehnika i Veze (JP ETV) built a network of 13 TV transmitters and two TV repeaters operating on the same frequency as the parent transmitter (gap filler), meeting the deadline for the start of digital broadcasting in Serbia. Coordinated by Serbia’s Digital Agenda Authority, most of the equipment for this phase was acquired thanks to funds allocated by the European Union under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance.

Looking ahead, it is clear that the assistance of the international community is indispensable in rebuilding the Serbian national broadcasting system. Serbia presented its overall achievements and plans for the road ahead at the 17th meeting of the ITU Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG), held in Geneva from 27 to 29 June 2012.

JP ETV has prepared a project proposal with updated requirements, including cost estimates for BDT’s consideration and further action. The proposal is made taking into account obligations from the Final Acts of the Regional Radiocommunication Conference, held in Geneva in 2006 (RRC06); all equipment donated by the European Union through its Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance, as well as investments and activities undertaken by the government and JP ETV.

Serbia has submitted a document requesting the ITU Council 2012 session (Geneva, 4–13 July) to consider allocating the necessary funds, within available resources, to help continue rebuilding its destroyed public broadcasting system successfullY. 
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Required Action

​Taking into account relevant “resolves” of the Resolution 126 (Rev. Guadalajara, 2010), agreed process of realization and plan for future activities, it is clear that additional action is still required.

JP ETV, in collaboration with ITU, has prepared a project proposal with updated requirements and provided relevant cost estimation. It will be submitted to BDT for consideration and further actions. The proposal is done taking into account:

-   Obligations from the Final Acts RRC-06;
-   All equipment donated by EU through its Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA);
-   Investments and activities performed by the Ministry and JP ETV;

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