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, WTDC‑
06), 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 (WRC‑12), 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
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 (RRC‑06); 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.