Analysis of DVB-T2 and LTE Networks Co-Existence in the Digital Dividend Band in Nigeria


  •   Evans C. Ashigwuike

  •   Sadiq A. Umar

  •   Stephen O. Okpanachi Moses


This paper, present results of the analysis of DVB-T2 and LTE network co-existence in Nigeria. The Spectrum Engineering Advanced Monte Carlo Analysis Tool (SEAMCAT) used to analyse the co-existence. The findings of the study reveals that the blocking interference is the dominant effect and to ensure that the probability of interference is below the threshold of 5%. It is mandatory to decrease the transmission power of the LTE from 196mw to 25mw. Consequently, the protection ratio for DVB-T2 and LTE should be maintained for a seamless co-existence.

Keywords: Co-existence, DVB-T2, Interference at 700MHz and LTE


D. Okamoto, L. Mello, M. Almeida and C. Rodriguez, "Performance evalution of digital TV and LTE systems operating in the 700MHz band under the effect of mutual interference," Journal of Microwaves, Optoelectronics and Electromagnetic Applications, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 441-456, 2016.

A. Guidotti, D. Guiducci, C. Carciofi and M. Barbinli, "Coexistence and mutal interference between mobile and broadcasting systems," IEEE 73rd Vehicular Technology, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 524-566, 2011.

A. Tekovic, D. Bonefacic, G. Sisul and R. Nad, "Interference analysis between mobile radio and digital terrestrial television in the digital dividend spectrum," Radioengineering , vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 211-220, 2017.

M. Celidonio, L. Pulcini and A. Rufini, "LTE and DVB-T coexistence : A simulation study in the UHF frequency band," Journal of Communication and Computer, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 444-455, 2012.

International Telecommunication Union (ITU), "Recommendation ITU-R BT.2337-1, Sharing and compatibility studies between digital terrestrial television broadcasting and terrestrial mobile broadband applications, including IMT, in the frequency band 470-694/698 MHz,” ITU, Geneva, 2017.

International Telecommunication Union (ITU), "Digital dividend : In sights for spectrum decisions ,” ITU, Publications , Geneva, 2018.

S. Basnet, "Radio frequency interference to DVB-T reception from LTE systems in adjacent bands," University of Western Sydney, Sydney, 2019.

ECC, "ECC REPORT 224 : Long term vision for the UHF broadcasting band," ECC Publication, Copenhagen, 2014.

J. Arnez, L. da Silva Mello, R. Carlos and P. Castellanos, "LTE femtocells interference scenario and coexistence with the Brazilian digital broadcast system," 2013 IFIP Wireless Days (WD), Valencia, 2013, pp. 1-4, doi: 10.1109/WD.2013.6686537.

L.Polak, O.Kaller, M. Slanina, J. Sebesta and T. Kratochil,”Coexistence between DVB-T/T2 and LTE standards in common frequency bands” Wirelss Pers Commun Doi 10.1007/s11277-016-3191-2

Electronic Communications Committee Report 252, SEAMCAT Handbook, Copenhagen : Electronic Communications Committee, 2016

International Telecommunication Union (ITU), "Recommendation ITU-R P.1546-5 : Method for point-to-area predictions for terrestrial services in the frequency range 30MHz to 4000MHz," ITU, Geneva, 2019.

Y. Okumura, "Field strength and its variability in VHFand UHF land –mobile radio service," Review Elect. Commun Laboratory, vol. 16, no. 9, pp. 2 - 10, 1968.

M. Fuentes, C. Garcia-Pardo and C. Garro, "Coexistence of digital terrestrial television and next generation cellular networks in the 700MHz band," IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 317 - 325, 1981.


Download data is not yet available.


How to Cite
Ashigwuike, E., Umar, S. and Okpanachi Moses, S. 2020. Analysis of DVB-T2 and LTE Networks Co-Existence in the Digital Dividend Band in Nigeria. European Journal of Engineering Research and Science. 5, 6 (Jun. 2020), 698-701. DOI: