Wireless broadband and broadcasting: New business models and challenges for spectrum policy

 

Although traditional linear TV transmitted over broadcast networks still dominates audiovisual (AV) consumption today, this is changing with fixed and wireless broadband playing a growing role in delivering and distributing video content. New business models are emerging, e.g. for LTE broadcasting, both as a substitute for, and a complement to, traditional broadcast networks. There is great uncertainty, however, about the prospects and impact of these developments. A seminar, held at CEPS on May 12th and chaired by Colin Blackman, focused on the mid- to long-term impacts arising from convergence of wireless broadband and broadcasting in Europe and internationally, the implications of the emergence of new business models for delivery of AV services, and the challenges for spectrum policy. Presentations were made by a variety of stakeholders, including Gerard Pogorel (Telecom ParisTech), Branimir Stantchev (European Commission), Rosario Baratta, (Telecom Italia), Darko Ratkaj (EBU), Karl-Heinz Laudan (Deutsche Telekom AG), Wladimir Bocquet (GSMA), Philip Kelley (Nokia), Guillaume Lebrun (Qualcomm) and Lodovico Benvenuti (Mediaset). Presentations and a summary are available here.