The European Commission has unveiled its strategy for a more flexible use of the radio spectrum. The plan is to reduce access and usage restrictions after it was found existing regulations were failing to keep pace with the convergence of mobile, television and internet services.
“Europe must fully exploit the potential use of certain spectrum bands by new wireless products and services, so as to encourage market development,” said Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media. “We seek to provide new opportunities for industry through less restrictive regulatory conditions that strengthen competition and increase consumer choice. However, this is a gradual process which will not happen overnight.”
The Commission Communication “Rapid access to spectrum for wireless electronic communications services through more flexibility” builds on work with member countries in the Radio Spectrum Policy Group.
Industry will be given greater responsibility for the avoidance of radio interference and the co-ordination with other players across the converging markets of broadcasting, mobile and IT industries. Some areas of telecommunications will be handled under existing legislation.