In the UK and part of Ireland, Band III was originally used for monochrome405-linetelevision; however, this was discontinued by the mid-1980s. Some European countries continue to use Band III for analogue 625-line colour television. Digital television in the DVB-T standard can be used in conjunction with VHF Band III and is used as such in some places. The use of sub-band 2 and sub-band 3 band for Digital Audio Broadcasting is now being widely adopted. Sub-band 1 is used for MPT-1327 trunked PMR radio, remote wireless microphones and PMSE links.
In North America, use of the band for color television broadcasts is still widespread. Favorable propagation characteristics and reasonable power limits (up to 65 kW for full-powerdigital television, versus 20 kW or less on VHFBand I) has meant that many US broadcasters elected to move their full-power ATSC stations from UHF frequencies to Band III VHF when all full-power NTSCanalog television services in the US shut down in 2009.