EGEE helps achieve international digital broadcasting agreement
Geneva, 11 July 2006 – Over the last two months, the EGEE project successfully supported a series of large-scale data processing activities being carried out by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) as part of the ITU’s Regional Radiocommunication Conference (RRC-06, 15 May – 16 June 2006).
The purpose of the data processing, performed at regular intervals during the five-week conference, was to rapidly map the consequences of different scenarios being negotiated between the participating countries, in order to establish a new frequency plan for the introduction of digital broadcasting in Europe, Africa, the Arab States and former USSR States. This was attained by using an advanced software suite developed by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
A major challenge faced by the Conference was to find ways for digital and analogue broadcasting to co-exist on the radio-frequency spectrum during transition time without causing interference. A key ingredient for the success of the Conference was the unprecedented level of cooperation between ITU, the EBU and the local EGEE project representatives at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
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