Central American and Caribbean countries to facilitate the release of the Digital Dividend

The 4th ITU Regional Frequency Coordination Meeting for Central America and Caribbean Region took place in Belize City, on 11-14 September 2018. This was the last of four meetings coordinated by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), in collaboration with other organisations, which established the basis for formal frequency coordination inter-government agreements for broadcasting and mobile services in the VHF and UHF bands.

The Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau, Mr François Rancy, indicated that ‘The Digital Switch Over enables the release of the Digital Dividend, the implementation of which is a major step in reducing the digital divide and probably involves the most important decisions taken by regulators to ensure that mobile broadband is available to all populations at an affordable price’.

The outputs of these meetings facilitate the region’s transition from analog to Digital Terrestrial Television and the allocation of the Digital Dividend.