IMC WORK ON DIGITALIZING
According to the
Law no. 04/L-44, article 3, section 1.1, IMC has the mandate to draft a
strategy for the transfer to the digital broadcasting in the Republic of
Kosovo, as well as other strategic documents for audiovisual media services.
At the Geneva conference
2006 (GE-06) 17 June 2015 was set as the deadline for the transition to digital
platform (this is the last moment for Kosovo), while EU countries transition is
scheduled to take place in 2012.
The first action
to develop a strategy for Digitalization, IMC launched in July 2008 with the
organization of a workshop with experts for digitalization. The purpose of the
meeting was to identify the first steps that Kosovo should take to start the
process of digitalization. In this meeting IMC created the idea of drafting a plan that best suits the needs and conditions of Kosovo.
From this meeting IMC prepared a "Report from the meeting on the
Strategies for re-licensing and digitalization".
On 19 December
2008 IMC organized a Roundtable on "Kosovo
and the Future of Digital Broadcasting". In this roundtable were
presented the challenges that the countries of the region have faced and
challenges of the European Union during the transition from analogue to digital
broadcasting, as well as the need to develop a strategy that would determine
Kosovo as part of the digital broadcasting family and as a member of the
International Broadcasting Union (ITU). There, the Independent Media Commission
introduced digital frequency plan defined by the ITU for the terrestrial digital
broadcasting along with the results of a study on: "Studying the Policies and Strategies for Digital Broadcasting
Development in countries of the region and the European Union".
During 2009 IMC
analyzed the digital terrestrial television frequency plan that resulted from
the ITU Conference (RRC-06) and prepared a project to precede the process of
transition to digital television broadcasting technology – Alternative Techniques
for digital frequency plan of Kosovo under ITU standards. This project was presented
at the first international conference on "The
introduction of digital broadcasting in Kosovo and the Region - Strategies"
held in Prishtina from 3-5 December 2009.
At the conference were discussed the needs for the creation of two coordination mechanisms:
coordination mechanism should precede any regional mechanism.
participating in the conference expressed their goodwill to participate in such
coordination process. Participants also stressed the need for the inclusion of
Kosovo in the process of frequency planning by the International
Telecommunication Union, which would be in the interest of Kosovo and the ITU
(ITU) to also regulate broadcasting space of our country.
In order to
design a proper strategy for the digitalization process, the Council of the
Independent Media Commission in 2009, through the Decision Ref:
0901/0045/EXD/dd, has established 5 working groups to draft the strategy for
the following issues:
are represented by all relevant Kosovo institutions, media and civil society.
Independent Media Commission on 28 and 29 June 2012 has organized another international
conference about the process of digitalization. At this conference IMC brought
in Prishtina international experts and representatives of the regulatory
authorities of UK, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Slovenia, Albania and
The purpose of this conference was, that at this stage when the IMC is working on finalizing the strategy for digitalization in Kosovo, to given an opportunity to all stakeholders to better understand the process that they will go through based on the experiences of neighbouring countries and EU.