3rd Arab Coordination Meeting for the Digital Terrestrial Television Service in the Arab Region

​With reference to the outcomes of the first Arab Meeting for the Digital Terrestrial Television Service that was held on 19 and 20 May, 2014, where it was agreed on the commencement of  the re-planning process of Geneva 2006 frequency plan (GE06) for the digital terrestrial TV service, the coordination process in the Arab region was carried out concerning the allocations and assignments of the digital terrestrial TV channels in the frequency bands (470-862) MHz .

This was made through the Iterations operation in order to reach the results that serve best the Arab region and optimize the exploitation of the Digital Dividend) in the above mentioned frequency bands due to their significance in providing  frequency spectrum that can be used in the provision of international mobile and broadband internet services.

In this context, ITU's Radiocommunication Bureau (BR), in collaboration with the Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG), will organize an Arab Coordination Meeting (comprising Egypt, KSA, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Oman, Yemen, Syria , Jordan, Palestine, Qatar). This meeting will be attended by some non-Arab administrations from neighboring countries in the period from April 13 to 16, 2015 in Morocco.

In coordination with Radio and Television Union (ERTU), NTRA has prepared for the participation of its representatives among the Egyptian delegation in the said meeting with the aim of efficient involvement and exertion of strenuous efforts in order to get best results from that meeting that serve the State's national interests.

Significance of Participation

It is worth mentioning that the Egyptian administration will complete coordination activities  with various Arab administrations (Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria, Libya), and some non-Arab administrations of the neighboring countries (such as Cyprus, Greece and Turkey) in order to protect the Egyptian allocations and provide Digital Dividend bands that will be allocated to mobile and international mobile services in addition to the international broadband services, etc.

Moreover, the technical agreements necessary to carry out the registration of terrestrial TV channels will be signed in that meeting. Hence a delegation from NTRA will participate in that meeting to complete the coordination work with the various administrations from neighboring countries in this regard, as it is the third and final meeting to coordinate the digital terrestrial television service, not to mention the fact that during this meeting the technical agreements will be signed.