• The Second Digital Dividend is the process by which the frequencies assigned to television channels in the 700 MHz band are released so that they can be used to deploy future 5G networks.
  • The objective of these subsidies is to compensate for the costs incurred by private providers to replace transmitting equipment and by the simultaneous issuance carried out by public providers to make it easier for citizens to adapt to new frequencies and not suffer, at any time, loss of DTT television service

The Council of Ministers today approved two royal decrees that establish subsidies for providers of public television audiovisual communication services at state and regional level, intended to offset the costs derived from the simultaneous and transitory broadcasting of their television channels on the frequencies affected by the Second Digital Dividend between July 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020.

The Second Digital Dividend is the process by which the frequencies of the 700 MHz band, now occupied by DTT channels, are released in order to be used for the deployment of 5G networks.

Last June, Spain communicated to the European Union that, due to force majeure, derived from the exceptional situation generated by COVID-19, it was impossible to complete the process of releasing frequencies on the date originally planned, on September 30, June.

The new end date of the Second Digital Dividend will be on October 31, although it is only necessary to extend the simultaneous emissions until September 30, since from that date only actions consisting of direct changes that do not require the simultaneity. This three-month extension leads to establishing compensation to public service providers for an amount of more than five million euros.

Likewise, and also within the framework of the Second Digital Dividend, the Council of Ministers today approved subsidies for a maximum amount of 10 million euros to private providers of television audiovisual communication services, regardless of their geographical scope (state, autonomous or local).

Subsidies are awarded to cover the necessary changes in their transmitting equipment as a consequence of the Second Digital Dividend. These grants have been authorized by the European Commission, within the framework of their compatibility with the State Aid scheme.

Both programs facilitate the change in frequencies used by DTT and so that citizens can adapt their facilities so that they do not suffer, at any time, the loss of DTT television service.

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