The regional workshop and frequency coordination meeting on transition to digital television and digital dividend is brought to you by The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) and the Government of Barbados, from the 21 to 25 May 2012 in Barbados. This event follows the Resolution adopted by the CTU 14th General Conference of Ministers on 7th December 2011 on the Coordination of the Transition to Digital Television Broadcasting and the Allocation of the
This regional workshop and frequency coordination meeting will be hosted by the Administration of Barbados. It aims to promote the cooperation and exchange of experience within Caribbean countries on spectrum issues relating to the transition to digital terrestrial television and the digital dividend. In line with the Resolution adopted by the 14th General Conference of Ministers of the CTU, this event is also intended to coordinate the use of the UHF spectrum in order to maximise the benefits of the transition to digital TV broadcasting and the Digital Dividend as well as to minimise interference.
The workshop will give emphasis to regulatory issues and practical cases on spectrum issues related to the transition to digital terrestrial television and to the digital dividend. This is especially important for the social, political and economic aspects for all countries of the region. The frequency coordination meeting will focus on satisfying the spectrum requirements of all countries in the region for digital terrestrial television broadcasting and mobile services in the UHF spectrum and taking the necessary consequential actions to secure international rights to use that spectrum, in particular in respect of the ITU rules. Concerning the broadcasting service, the objective will be to identify compatible frequency assignments (sites, power, antenna characteristics and frequency channels) that may be used by each country for digital television without harmful interference and a procedure through which these assignments may be brought in service. Concerning the mobile service, the objective will be to assess possible arrangements by which the higher part of the UHF band (i.e. above 698 MHz) may be used without harmful interference. The results obtained during this event will not be binding, but may be used hereafter as a basis for formal agreements between the concerned countries.
This event is open to all relevant stakeholders (governments, regulators, broadcasters, mobile operators, etc.). The presence of national coordinators for the transition to digital terrestrial television broadcasting and the digital dividend is highly recommended during the workshop. The frequency coordination meeting is primarily intended for experts in the domain of broadcasting and/or mobile frequency planning.
Participants are kindly requested to download these documents.
For further information, please contact:
Cleveland Thomas, ITU Area Office Representative for the Caribbean
Tel: +246 431 0343
or the following focal points:
Mr Nigel Cassimire
Tel: +1 868 627 0347 or
+1 868 627 0281
Mr J. Patrick Cozier
Caribbean Broadcasting Union
Tel: +246 430 1007
Cell: +246 231 0228
Mr Reginald Bourne
Chief Telecoms Officer
Division of Energy and
Tel: + 246 230-6042
Other Hotels in close vicinity:
Courtyard by Marriott
Garrison Historic Area
Amaryllis Beach Resort
Accra Beach Hotel & Spa
Barbados Exchange Currency
Currency Barbados Dollars (BDS)
Exchange rate: $2.00 BDS = $1.00 US
Commercial Bank Exchange Rates
Bank Buy United States Notes $1.00 = $1.99BDS
Bank Sell United States Notes $1.00 = $2.0796 BDS