• The change in DTT frequencies that has affected eleven million people in 2,413 municipalities, spread across nine Autonomous Communities, ends without significant incidents.
  • The television networks that have to change the frequency simultaneously broadcast through the new and old frequencies before proceeding with the cessation of the latter, in order to facilitate adaptation to citizens
  • The release of the Second Digital Dividend is the process by which the frequencies assigned to the television channels in the 700MHz band are changed in order to use them to deploy future 5G networks.

The past 11, February 13 and March 3, the old frequencies of digital terrestrial television (DTT) ceased to be broadcast in 2,413 municipalities in 21 provinces of nine autonomous communities, a change that has affected more than 11 million people without significant incidents. This change does not imply the need to acquire new televisions or DTT decoders, and there is also no loss of new channels or channels.

This concludes the first phase of the liberalization of the Second Digital Dividend, a complex process that is carried out by agreement between the member states of the European Union, in coordination with our neighboring countries and that requires a change in the frequencies assigned to TV channels in the 700 MHz band, in order to make room for the 5G network.

Medium and large-sized buildings have to adapt their collective television antenna installation to continue watching TV channels that change in frequency. Until September 30, 2020, aid can be requested to offset the costs derived from these adaptations. So far 66,680 applications have been registered.

In all buildings, including individual homes, televisions have to be re-tuned.

Second stage

On November 14, 2019, the process began in another 1,433 municipalities. In January and February 2020 the rest of the populations were added where frequencies have to be changed, in total 3,586 municipalities. The release of the Second Digital Dividend is being carried out in two phases because there are geographical areas that have technological dependence on others, that is, until DTT frequencies in certain regions were not changed, the change could not be initiated in Dependent areas

During this phase, just as it happened in the first one, in order to facilitate the transition and minimize the impact on citizens, the television networks that have to change the frequency will broadcast simultaneously through the new and old frequencies (simulcast) .

The release process of the Second Digital Dividend will end on June 30, at which time the 700 MHz band will be available for the deployment of 5G communications services.

All information on the Second Digital Dividend is available on the website http://www.televisiondigital.es/ and on the telephone numbers 901 201 004 and 910 889 879

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