Report: Radio spectrum should go to mobile b'band

Would account for $147 bil in European economy

BRUSSELS -- Radio spectrum from analog broadcasting should be handed over to mobile broadband services like mobile TV, according to a study published Monday.

The Spectrum Value Partners study on how to allocate spectrum after analog broadcasts are switched off was commissioned by the so-called Big Five of the mobile industry: Ericsson, Nokia, Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone.

The report says that handing the "digital dividend" of analog TV spectrum over to mobile broadband will pump at least 95 billion euros ($147 billion) into the European economy between 2008 and 2027. This would be in addition to the 2.5 trillion euros ($3.86 trillion) generated by the European mobile industry using other spectrum in the same period.

The study says that, with the remainder of the band, broadcasters are expected to generate more than 750 billion euros ($1.16 trillion) for the European economy, reflecting the large individual and social benefits from terrestrial broadcasting.

It assumes that all existing free-to-air analog broadcast TV channels will continue to be provided in either high-definition or standard-definition formats.