2014 saw preparation for the switchover of broadcasting transmission technology from analogue to digital in Georgia, with the extensive support of the EBRD through our Legal Transition Programme (LTP).

Working closely with the Ministry for Economy and Sustainable Development, and the Georgia National Communications Commission, the project helped to harmonise domestic law with European Union law. It also administered a transparent international tender process for licensing, supported a consumer campaign, and attracted a private bidder for digital TV licences – a first for the region.

The LTP support enabled Georgia to comply with its international treaty obligations for the switchover.  When implementation is completed in 2015, the switchover will provide higher broadcasting quality and a greater variety of TV programmes. It will also create better opportunities for providers of audio-visual media and information technology, and enable more efficient use of national radio frequency (wireless) resources.

Furthermore, the efficiency gains will free up radio frequency for fourth-generation mobile services, including mobile broadband.  The liberalised model of broadcast transmission operation advocated by the EBRD, and agreed by the government, will also bolster the observance of provisions of the Georgian constitution and law which underpin media plurality, rights of free expression and free enterprise.

Radio frequency freed up for fourth-generation mobile services

to complete the NSC

Private bidding for digital TV licences