The Department established the UHF Spectrum Policy Review Group in 2013. It considered the Future Use of UHF Spectrum for Broadcasting in Ireland. In particular it addressed spectrum for the purposes of "free to air" DTT broadcasting. It :
- examined the current issues and expected future developments associated with the current use of UHF spectrum ; and
- established a defined policy in regard to the continued use of such spectrum .
The Group consisted of representatives of the main stakeholders engaged in terrestrial television broadcasting matters in Ireland.
The report looked at the issues in regard to the use and availability of UHF spectrum from the Broadcast perspective. It made recommendations aimed at safeguarding our national broadcast sector into the future. It set about maximising benefits to the Irish economy and society alike.
The European Commission made a proposal in relation to moving Digital Terrestrial TV from the 700MHz band. The 700MHz band is the spectrum between 694-790MHz. Following the review, Ireland quickly determined its position in respect of this proposal. The Irish DTT transmission network operator is 2rn. 2rn plan to make the required changes to the broadcasting transmission network by September 2019. This will enable Ireland to cease using the 700MHz band for television by April 2020.