The next generation of connected devices will change our lives. But the high-speed, reliable mobile connectivity they need requires collaboration across the EU and long-term regulatory certainty, writes Afke Schaart.
Fast growth in digital services is bringing enormous social and economic benefits to customers the world over. But market regulation must be adapted to the 21st century if this sector is to achieve its potential, writes Daniel Pataki.
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.
The European Commission took another step to promote the LTE standard for the fourth generation of wireless telecommunications by announcing a further investment of €18 million in this technology, de facto ditching the alternative WiMax.
The EU institutions this week sealed a deal which is expected to pave the way for the further dissemination in Europe of smartphones, such as BlackBerry or iPhones, and increase the number of customers for mobile Internet services.
Using a mobile phone to send text messages or surf the Web by laptop will become up to 60 percent cheaper while travelling in the European Union under price curbs adopted by the European Parliament yesterday (22 April).
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