Coexistence of DTT and mobile broadband: A survey and guidelines for field measurements

Juha Kalliovaara (Corresponding Author), Reijo Ekman, Pekka Talmola, Marko Höyhtyä, Tero Jokela, Jussi Poikonen, Jarkko Paavola, Mikko Jakobsson

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    This article provides a survey and a general methodology for coexistence studies between digital terrestrial television (DTT) and mobile broadband (MBB) systems in the ultra high frequency (UHF) broadcasting band. The methodology includes characterization of relevant field measurement scenarios and gives a step-by-step guideline on how to obtain reliable field measurement results to be used in conjunction with link budget analyses, laboratory measurements, and simulations. A survey of potential European coexistence scenarios and regulatory status is given to determine feasible future use scenarios for the UHF television (TV) broadcasting band. The DTT reception system behavior and performance are also described as they greatly affect the amount of spectrum potentially available for MBB use and determine the relevant coexistence field measurement scenarios. Simulation methods used in determining broadcast protection criteria and in coexistence studies are briefly described to demonstrate how the information obtained from field measurements can be used to improve their accuracy. The presented field measurement guidelines can be applied to any DTT-MBB coexistence scenarios and to a wide range of spectrum sharing and cognitive radio system coexistence measurements.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1563132
    Number of pages19
    JournalWireless Communications and Mobile Computing
    Early online date2017
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal


    • spectrum measurements
    • cognitive radio
    • spectrum sharing


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