Terrestrial broadcasting and spectrum use in the Arab states

In order to identify where spectrum in the UHF bands could be made available for mobile broadband, Plum surveyed the television broadcasting markets across the Middle East and calculated how a move to digital television could free up significant amounts of spectrum in the sub-800MHz bands.  Starting with the assumption that the number of channels which would be broadcast after digital switchover would be the same as currently carried, Plum calculated the number of multiplexes needed in each country and carried out a high-level regional planning exercise to place these within the UHF spectrum.  Following this, Plum was able to demonstrate that the entirety of Band V, plus significant portions of Band IV, could be freed up for mobile broadband if appropriate planning was undertaken.