Following the discussions held in the ITU/CTU Regional Radiocommunication Seminar in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on 21-22 July 2016 and in the Central American Summit on Digital Terrestrial Television and the Digital Dividend, held in San Salvador, El Salvador on 25 and 26 July 2016, and consistent with the "San Salvador Declaration" adopted by COMTELCA Members on 26 July 2016, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in close collaboration with the Comisión Técnica Regional de Telecomunicaciones (COMTELCA), the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), is pleased to invite your administration to participate in the ITU Regional Frequency Coordination Meeting on the use of the VHF band (174-216 MHz) and the UHF band (470-806 MHz) that will be held from 8 to 10 March 2017 in Managua, Nicaragua.
This Regional Frequency Coordination Meeting is intended to facilitate the processes of transition from analog to Digital Television (DTT) and allocation of the Digital Dividend, taking into account the large separation distances required to ensure mutual compatibility among broadcasting and mobile stations in the VHF and UHF bands. The overall objective is to ensure compatible operation for each of them, thus preventing the occurrence of harmful interference situations, which otherwise could extend several hundred kilometers into the territory of the countries involved.
The meeting is not intended to conclude any formal agreement under the ITU (such as the GE-06 Regional Agreement), but to build informal consensus in the Central American and Caribbean regions towards the conclusion of formal agreements between the administrations involved before formal notification of the relevant frequency assignments to the ITU.
The meeting will focus on the process necessary to ensure the compatibility of national frequency plans in support of terrestrial television broadcasting and mobile broadband in the VHF and UHF bands, taking into account:
- Existing analog television broadcasting transmissions and mobile broadband transmissions,
- Current and future plans, if any, for DTT and Mobile Broadband,
- The need, where applicable, for simulcast digital and analog transmissions,
- The standards adopted at national level for DTT and the Mobile Broadband channeling plans,
- The timelines and activities for frequency assignment and planning.