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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.
broadband 02-03-2015

EU divided over spectrum allotment

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.
Digital 14-01-2015

Commission seeks unity on radio spectrum ahead of UN conference

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.
Digital 26-02-2014

Industry warns radio frequencies may become scarcer than oil

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.
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Digital 12-09-2013

EC's Neelie Kroes on the new EU telecoms market plan

Reduced mobile phone roaming charges was the popular leading act in the European Commission's proposal to harmonise the telecoms sector, which also included controversial attempts to level EU access to the internet and radio spectra. The proposals, released yesterday (11 September), are intended to kick-start the underperforming European telecoms sector, in comparison to its US and Asian rivals, and incentivise investment in ultra-fast broadband networks.
Digital 12-09-2013

'Connected continent' plan seeks harmonised EU telecoms market

Reduced mobile phone roaming charges was the popular leading act in the European Commission's proposal to harmonise the telecoms sector, which also included controversial attempts to level EU access to the internet and radio spectra.
Elections 18-07-2013

Brussels plans sweeping rules to complete single EU telecoms market

The European Commission is drafting ambitious plans to scrap mobile telephone roaming charges and to seize greater control over the radio frequency spectrum before the EU Parliament mandate ends next year, in a proposal that is likely to pitch Brussels against national interests and industry.
Digital 20-06-2013

Mobile makes most value of spectrum: Report

The economic value of radio frequency spectrum used by mobile phones will almost double over the next 10 years as a result of smartphone and super-fast broadband use, says a report to be published today (20 June).
Digital 30-04-2013

Commission to use telecoms single market for battle over spectrum

Brussels' ambitious plan to usher in a single market for telecoms is likely to harmonise spectrum policy, a move member states are likely to resist.
Digital 27-02-2013

Kroes pushes telecoms single market to handle ‘spaghetti spectrum’

SPECIAL REPORT / Europe's Commissioner for the digital agenda, Neelie Kroes, called yesterday (26 February) for a true single market in telecommunications to overcome sluggish spectrum sales by EU member states and to prevent governments pocketing the cash proceeds. EurActiv reports from the GSMA conference in Barcelona.
Digital 04-09-2012

Commission asks telcos to share radio waves

The European Commission is pushing telecoms companies to share the radio frequencies they use for mobile and broadband services as space runs out for rapidly increasing Web use.
Digital 12-04-2011

Russia to compete with EU on spectrum use

EU countries bordering Russia will not meet ambitious deadlines set by the European Commission to free up new radio spectrum for wireless broadband because they will have to compete with large-scale Russian military deployment, reveal industry sources.  
Digital 20-09-2010

EU to open radio frequencies to wireless broadband

As more telecoms companies seek precious radio spectrum, the EU has decided to put wireless broadband at the front of the queue in order to reach 100% Internet penetration by 2013.