Radio spectrum Archives

  • Brussels plans sweeping rules to complete single EU telecoms market

    Elections 18-07-2013

    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.

  • Mobile makes most value of spectrum: Report

    Digital 20-06-2013

    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).

  • Commission to use telecoms single market for battle over spectrum

    Digital 30-04-2013

    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.

  • Kroes pushes telecoms single market to handle ‘spaghetti spectrum’

    Special Report | Digital 27-02-2013

    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.

  • Commission asks telcos to share radio waves

    Digital 04-09-2012

    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.

  • Russia to compete with EU on spectrum use

    Digital 12-04-2011

    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.  

  • EU to open radio frequencies to wireless broadband

    Special Report | Digital 20-09-2010

    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.

  • Digital switchover raises interference fears

    Digital 07-04-2010

    Ringing mobile phones sometimes make radios or televisions crackle, a problem that could soon get worse as the switch to digital technology picks up. As Germany prepares to auction spectrum to telecommunications operators next week, industry experts are worried that as more technologies compete for the same digital bandwidths, the level of interference will rise, disrupting services.

  • EU to tackle radio spectrum access

    Digital 05-03-2010

    At an EU summit in late March, the EU will talk about how the bloc can reallocate radio spectrum to catch up with US broadband coverage. But the issue is hotly contested, a situation which an EU consultation launched yesterday (4 March) will seek to resolve.

  • 2020 plan pins hopes on ‘Digital Agenda’

    Digital 25-02-2010

    High-speed Internet, lower prices and unlocking the potential of unused spectrum waves for new services all feature in the EU's new strategy for growth and jobs, dubbed 'Europe 2020', according to a leaked document seen by EURACTIV.

  • Brussels backs telecoms against TVs in frequency fight

    Digital 28-10-2009

    The top radio frequencies freed by technological updates should be devoted to new services, such as wireless Internet and high-definition mobile offers, rather than being allocated to extra broadcasting uses, the European Commission will propose today (28 October).

  • Commission threatens to withdraw telecoms package

    Digital 20-11-2008

    As European telecoms ministers head towards a "minimalist" deal to reform EU telecoms and internet rules, Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding threatened to withdraw her proposal and put an end to the year-long negotiations.

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