The representatives of communications administrations from Eastern Europe associated in the Nida Agreement have commonly undertaken coordinative activities connected with the preparation of plans for digital TV and radio networks.
Between 24 and 26 November 2004, in the seat of URTiP in Warsaw, the third meeting of the Eastern European Countries, called Nida Agreement (the name comes from the name of a place in Lithuania where it was signed) dedicated to planning and coordinative activities for digital TV in bands IV and V and also for radio broadcasting and digital TV in the band III, within the framework of preparations for the II session of the Regional Radiocommunication Conference RRC 04/06, took place. In the meeting the representatives of the following countries took part: Belarus, Estonia, Russian Federation, Lithuania, Latvia, Republic of Moldova, Slovakia, Ukraine and Poland and the representatives of the Czech Republic as observers.
The main subject of the meeting was a presentation of common proposals of the planning criteria proposed by Russian Federation. After a discussion and the necessary modifications the participants agreed the basic criteria for the digital networks planning. In addition, during the meeting the information on the situation regarding the implementation of digital terrestrial TV in subsequent countries and also on the development of work in coordinative and planning groups was exchanged. The treatment of other radiocommunication services operating in the broadcasting bands in the process of planning was also discussed, especially in the context of equal access to radio spectrum.
As a result of information exchange, discussion and adoption of common criteria, it was agreed that each country would immediately start to elaborate their own plans of digital DVB-T networks, would carry out all necessary bilateral coordinations with the neighbouring administrations and would also inform all countries of the Nida Agreement about the achieved results.
The next meeting of the group is scheduled for February 2005 to discuss the results of planning before the time limit for submitting to ITU-R the demands for planned digital stations expires at the end of that month.