EC unveils spectrum sharing plans

Tuesday, September 4th 2012
The European Commission hopes to improve wireless broadband services by allowing spectrum sharing.
EC unveils spectrum sharing plans
Radio spectrum sharing plans have been unveiled by the European Commission (EC) in a bid to contend with exponential growth in mobile and wireless data traffic.

Under the proposals, wireless technologies - including broadband - will be allowed to split existing spectrum in a move the commission hopes will lead to improved mobile network capacity and cheaper wireless internet services.

In addition, the administration believes the plans could result in the development of new markets, such as trackable secondary rights for parts of the spectrum allocation.

At present, national spectrum regulation leaves mobile and broadband users at risk of receiving a poor service due to growing demand, the EC explained.

According to Ericsson, mobile data traffic will grow tenfold between 2011 and 2016, primarily driven by video streaming.

Neelie Kroes, vice president of the EC responsible for the Digital Agenda, said: "Radio spectrum is economic oxygen - it is used by every single person and business.

"If we run out of spectrum then mobile networks and broadband won't work."

Related Stories

Millions of Britons are living with broadband speeds that do not live up to their expectations.
A new pilot scheme will aim to bring superfast broadband to hard-to-reach areas across North Lincolnshire.
Businesses across Lincolnshire are crying out for improved broadband services.
Communications providers across the UK need to improve their level of service, Ofcom has stated.
Broadband customers are to be given powers to switch providers if their service does not meet their expectations.
The ongoing iNorthumberland project is to benefit from an additional influx of funds.

Add a comment

Comment
Your name
Your e-mail address

Comments (0)

Home  |  Guides  |  Links  |  Local  |  Sitemap  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms
Copyright © 2005-2015 Broadbandchoice.co.uk. All rights reserved.