Press release: Italy Switches Off Harmful Frequency Transmissions
Television broadcasting transmissions on 61 frequencies which had been causing harmful interference into television broadcasting services of neighbouring countries, are closed
Geneva, 30 November 2016 – ITU has been informed by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development of the successful completion of the switch-off process of television broadcasting transmissions on 61 frequencies, the use of which had been causing harmful interference into television broadcasting services of neighbouring countries since 2005.
The first report of harmful interference and request for assistance was sent to ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau by the government of Slovenia in August 2005. Since then the issue was regularly reported to ITU’s Radio Regulations Board, and it involved other countries neighbouring Italy from 2011. The issue was also raised at ITU’s World Radiocommunication Conferences of 2012 and 2015 and to the European Union Radio Spectrum Policy Group from 2012, with slow progress until 2014.
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