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Is it good to share? Tackling Europe’s spectrum shortage

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Digital 26-05-2016

Member states support spectrum shake-up for mobile internet

The Council endorsed on Thursday (26 June) the European Commission’s proposal to liberate the 700 MHz frequency by 30 June 2020, in time for the irruption of the next generation of wireless broadband (5G).
Digital 17-05-2016

Major reshuffle planned at Commission's DG Connect

The European Commission will reshuffle its digital policy department DG Connect this summer, according to a leaked plan obtained by EurActiv.com.
Digital 06-05-2016

Commission's digital single market turns one and has a big seven months ahead

The European Commission's digital single market strategy turns one year old today. With seven months left in the 16-point policy plan, the executive has only scratched the surface.
Digital 15-03-2016

Oettinger: Privacy Shield should take effect in June

The Privacy Shield data transfer agreement with the US could go into effect this June, EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger said yesterday (14 March).
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Digital 24-02-2016

Think tankers: Skype and telcos should be regulated in the same way

SPECIAL REPORT / The EU should have just two sets of rules for telecoms: one for infrastructure, and one for services, argue Alexandre de Streel and Bruno Liebhaberg. When similar services are on offer, the same rules should apply regardless of the technology, they contend.
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Digital 23-02-2016

Ansip: 'I am strongly against any backdoor to encrypted systems'

SPECIAL REPORT / Exclusive / European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip supports Apple’s decision to refuse unblocking the iPhone of a terrorist, as requested by US authorities.

Mobile World Congress 2016

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This week, EurActiv reports from Barcelona's World Mobile Congress on the latest developments on 5G and broadband.

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Digital 19-02-2016

Europe hopes to make 5G networks a reality by 2018

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission will unveil its strategy to develop the next generation of mobile broadband network (5G) on Monday (22 February), EurActiv has learned.
Digital 02-02-2016

Commission shakes up radio spectrum to lead on mobile internet

National governments must announce their plans to move TV broadcasters below the 700 MHz band by 2017, which will be assigned exclusively to wireless broadband by 2020.
Digital 19-01-2016

Kaja Kallas: Digital Single Market 'is all about time'

The European Parliament will adopt its position on the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy today (19 January). In an interview with EurActiv, rapporteur Kaja Kallas warned that it would be a “mess” if the European Commission does not come up with its proposals in a timely manner.
Digital 08-01-2016

Commission to unveil key spectrum harmonisation proposal in February

In February, the European Commission will present a controversial proposal to harmonise the use of radio spectrum in the EU, including the prized 700 MHz band, amid growing disparities among member states, EurActiv has learned.
Digital 23-10-2015

Lamy: Commission should take member states to court in spectrum dispute

The European Commission has called radio spectrum used by telecoms and mobile internet services “the basis for a digitally enabled society”. Ahead of a crucial conference to take place in Geneva (2-27 November), Pascal Lamy explains why the executive should stand up for its powers in the field.


Digital 28-09-2015

Oettinger signs 5G agreement with China

The EU signed an agreement with China this morning (28 September) for joint research to develop 5G mobile networks expected to be available for use in Europe by 2020.
Digital 08-09-2015

Commission mulls new measures in divisive inquiry of online giants

Eyeing the growing influence of online platforms, and the risk they'll abuse their dominant positions, the European Commission is considering whether new measures are needed to limit firms that could include Google and Facebook, or Apple's app store.
Digital 17-06-2015

Commission hopes 5G will push EU spectrum policy

Upgrading broadband networks to 5G might be another opportunity to move on EU spectrum policy, according to a European Commission official.
Digital 27-05-2015

Big telcos take the stage in Germany's new spectrum auction

Germany launched its first radio spectrum auction today (27 May) since 2010. The auction includes the sale of 700 MHz band for mobile broadband for the first time in Europe, where it has been used for television broadcast up until now.

A Digital Single Market does not mean a single solution for the future

Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) is the leading platform for TV distribution in Europe and a major provider of jobs. It is time to take into account these dimensions in the Digital Single Market strategy, writes Olivier Huart. 
Digital 08-05-2015

Commission renews attempt to harmonise spectrum rules

The European Commission's proposed Digital Single Market strategy, unveiled this week, seeks to introduce common rules for radio spectrum allocation across the EU, a sensitive issue for member states who have defeated previous attempts.
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broadband 02-03-2015

EU divided over spectrum allotment

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / European member states are divided over the apportionment of radio spectrum for critical public safety – seen as vital to maintain free flows of data in the hyper-connected world – especially in the wake of recent terrorist attacks.

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Beyond smartwatches and underwater television, real innovation is waiting for new 5G technology to be unleashed. Its groundwork was laid out by policymakers and telecoms players during the Barcelona event.
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Digital 14-01-2015

Commission seeks unity on radio spectrum ahead of UN conference

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT: The European Commission this week (12 January) launched a consultation on radio spectrum in a bid to unify member states and stakeholders behind a common EU position on radio spectrum liberalisation ahead of a key UN conference in November.
Digital 23-07-2014

Broadcaster: Spectrum debate threatens World Cup and Eurovision Song Contest

Mobile phone operators don’t use the spectrum they already have and forcing broadcasters to change the radio frequencies they currently use could hit major spectacles such as the World Cup and Eurovision Song Contest, said Simon Fell of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in an exclusive interview with EurActiv.
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Digital 26-02-2014

Industry warns radio frequencies may become scarcer than oil

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / While the EU faces the serious risk of a new indefinite delay in regulating radio spectrum access across member states, industry warns against mobile data gridlocks and potentially higher prices for smartphone usage, as frequencies become “scarcer than oil”. EurActiv reports from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Digital 10-02-2014

Is it good to share? Tackling Europe’s spectrum shortage

Given the increase in mobile traffic, EU policymakers are looking towards spectrum-sharing to free under-used bands and meet demand. But spectrum exclusively dedicated to the provision of mobile broadband is still the long-term solution of choice, argues Tom Phillips.