Refarming 700MHz

Information on multiplex frequency refarming
and planned switchover to the new broadcasting standard DVB-T2 / HEVC.

Pursuant to the European Commission’s decision, a part of the frequency range currently used for terrestrial television will be allocated to the development of 5G mobile telephony. This makes it necessary to free up the 700MHz band and reorganize terrestrial television multiplexes in a process referred to as the frequency “refarming”.

 
 
Frequently asked questions

  • When the standard of transmission change to DVB-T2 / HEVC?

The signal will be switched in the first half of 2022.

  • Why the standard of transmission will change in 2022?

The transmission of terrestrial television signal in the DVB-T / MPEG4 standard has been conducted for 10 years and the standard itself appeared in the world much earlier. The change of the transmission standard planned in Poland in 2022 to the newer and more effective DVB-T2 / HEVC standard will enable the introduction of new television channels to the terrestrial television offer. All channels can be broadcast in HD and some perhaps even in 4K quality.

  • What do these changes mean for TV viewers?

The implemented changes are favourable for viewers. After the change of the transmission standard, it will be possible for all channels to be broadcast in much better, HD quality. Moreover, a new, more effective standard will allow broadcasters to add new channels.

  • How to prepare for changes of the transmission standard?

It is worth start with checking whether the TV set we have is adapted to the upcoming changes. The parameters of the TV set can be checked in the user manual or on the Internet, e.g. on the manufacturer’s website. If you are considering buying a new TV set, it is worth asking the seller whether the TV model you are interested in has the right parameters. Some TV sets in Polish homes are already equipped with an appropriate system. However, if your TV set is not adapted to receive the DVB-T2 / HEVC standard, you do not need to buy a new one. You can get a special set-top box that will enable to receive the TV signal in the new standard.

  • What are channel changes implemented as part of the refarming process about?

In March and June this year, the frequencies (channels) of signal transmission from facilities in 14 voivodships (Lubuskie, Dolnośląskie, Śląskie, Świętokrzyskie, Małopolskie, Podkarpackie, Pomorskie, Zachodniopomorskie, Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Opolskie, Wielkopolskie, Mazowieckie, Lubelskie) have changed. The next stage of the 700MHz band refarming project is scheduled for March 2022, and the complete release of the 700MHz band is scheduled for 30 June 2022.

  • How to prepare for frequency changes?

Changing the transmission frequency will require re-programming of the TV set, unless it finds the channels itself. New sets periodically check for changes and update the channel list so most TV viewers should not notice the change.

  • What does the 700MHz band refarming mean?

Refarming means the necessity to move terrestrial television multiplexes from the 694-790 MHz frequency to the lower range of 470-694 MHz. This is related to the requirement imposed on the European Union countries to release the 700 MHz band for the needs of mobile operators (5G services), as well as in connection with the transition to the DVB-T2 / HEVC transmission standard, announced for 2022. The changes are in line with the ordinance of the President of the Office of Electronic Communications of 17 January 2020 on the frequency management plan for the 470-790 MHz band.

  • How to tune the TV set to new frequencies?

Most sets should tune automatically. You can also easily search for new channels by yourself. Enter the TV menu, select the installation option and then automatic tuning. Wait a moment and after tuning, the channels should appear in the list of the TV set.

  • I am trying to search for channels but I cannot receive them. What should I do?

Check and adjust all connections. If this does not help, check all plugs and connectors for proper seating on the cable ends.

  • I live in a block of flats and the auto tuning does not work. What should I do?

If the TV signal was available on the TV set before the change, please repeat the procedure of searching for channels. If tuning of the TV set does not work and you have not used the antenna signal to receive the terrestrial TV before, this may mean that such an installation is not available in the building. If the building is equipped with an installation for the collective reception of terrestrial television, you must report to the building administrator with a request for access to all TV signals. The role of the administrator is to find a company that will perform the possible antenna installation, check that all signal levels are correct and that all TV installations work as they should. According to the so-called Building Regulation, in force since February 2013, all new multi-family buildings must be equipped with an antenna installation for the reception of terrestrial television.

  • In what direction should the antenna be oriented?

The changes will not require re-alignment of the receiving antennas.

  • What is the installer’s phone number?

We recommend searching for an antenna installer in your immediate vicinity or asking for advice at an electronics store.

  • What were the changes in the earlier stages of the 700MHz refarming?

Information about the changes made in the first and second stages of refarming the 700 band can be found on the following websites:

* Change in the frequency of multiplexes 1 and 4 in Białogard and Koszalin – press release
* Refaming stage 1 – change on 29-30 March 2020
* Another stage of 700MHz refarming completed by Emitel in record time – press release
* Refarming stage 2 – change on 2-4 June 2020

  • Where to find more information?

More technical details and expert advice can be obtained on the discussion forum at forum.emitel.pl
Current parameters of broadcasting stations can be checked at www.emitel.pl/strefa-klienta/odbior-rtv/sprawdz-parametry-emisji/
The plan of managing frequencies for the 470–790 MHz band. Ordinance of the President of the Office of Electronic Communications.

 

 

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digital television

Emitel helpline about reception of
digital terrestrial television
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Phone:

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Before contacting the Helpline, we encourage you to read the materials on the subject of DVB-T digital terrestrial television available on our website. In particular, information on the DVB-T transmitters’ coverage can be found in the application EmiMaps.