The Allocation of the Digital Dividend in Austria

International Journal of Digital Television, 2 (2), 161-179, 2011

30 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2021

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Arne Börnsen

AB Consulting

Tim Braulke

Infront Consulting & Management GmbH

Jörn Kruse

University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg - Department of Economics

Michael Latzer

University of Zurich – IKMZ, Media Change & Innovation Division

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

The digital dividend is the amount of spectrum that is freed up by the switchover from analogue TV to digital terrestrial TV in the ultra high frequency band. Drawing from a research project (Braulke et al. 2010) commissioned by the Austrian regulator Rundfunk und Telekommunikations Regulierungs GmbH, this article prioritizes, analyses and evaluates the options of use of the 790–862 MHz frequency band – the so-called ‘upper digital dividend’ in Austria. The underlying economic considerations are based on an analysis of the incremental value. The two main options are the use of the spectrum for digital television and the use for mobile broadband (MBB). The economic analysis clearly shows that the use of the upper digital dividend for MBB would generate the highest economic value. The Austrian government has, based on this analysis, decided to assign the upper digital dividend for MBB use from 2012 onwards. An auction of the spectrum will take place in 2011.

Suggested Citation

Börnsen, Arne and Braulke, Tim and Kruse, Jörn and Latzer, Michael, The Allocation of the Digital Dividend in Austria (2011). International Journal of Digital Television, 2 (2), 161-179, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3873878

Arne Börnsen (Contact Author)

AB Consulting

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Tim Braulke

Infront Consulting & Management GmbH

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Jörn Kruse

University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg - Department of Economics ( email )

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20146 Hamburg
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Michael Latzer

University of Zurich – IKMZ, Media Change & Innovation Division ( email )

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