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4th Regional Frequency Coordination Meeting


The 4th ITU Regional Frequency Coordination Meeting for Central America and Caribbean Region, is a follow-up of the three previous meetings and a very important milestone for the process of regional frequency coordination. It will take place in Belize City, Belize, from 11 to 14 September 2018.


The Regional Frequency Coordination Meetings for Central America and Caribbean Region are intended to facilitate the process of transition from analog to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) and allocation of the Digital Dividend.

The first, second and thirdcoordination meetings, which took place respectively in Managua, Nicaragua from 8 to 10 March 2017, in Guatemala City, Guatemala, from 28 August to 1 September 2017 and in Panama City, Panama, from 7 to 11 May 2018, were successful in setting the frequency coordination basis for broadcasting and mobile services

Outcomes of the 3rd meeting

The Third Meeting agreed on:
  • Administrations are invited to delete from the ITU Master International Frequency Register (MIFR) the assignments that are not operational and won't be in the following 3 months.
  • To ensure equitable access, administrations are invited to submit and coordinate reasonable requirements, especially on borders and difficult areas (VHF: 1 layer and UHF: 4 layers for 6 MHz raster and 3 layers for 8 MHz raster).
  • To ensure the stability of the reference situation taken into account for the compatibility analysis (iterations), administrations agree not to notify any new or modified assignments to the MIFR that might impact the planning process within the coordination area, until after the last iteration at the 4th meeting (around 6 months).
  • The meeting agreed to freeze the last iteration’s assignable or agreed channels and keep the list as a reference list. Administrations can notify when they start deploying the digital TV (3 months prior to bringing frequency assignments into use). This reference list must be taken into account when an administration wishes to assign frequency channels that are not within the list (compatibility analysis).
  • For the 4th and last meeting, the participants should be able to take decisions on assignments and coordination.

Outcomes of the 2nd meeting

The Second Meeting agreed on:

Outcomes of the 1st meeting

The First Meeting agreed on: