Thursday, May 17, 2007

European Commission to Clarify Radio Spectrum Information

The European Commission is seeking to create a single reference point for uniform EU radio spectrum information. This will provide greater clarity on what spectrum is available and how this may be used across Europe. The EC said such information helps industry to make informed decisions when developing business opportunities, and so will stimulate investment. It is also essential for secondary trading of rights to use spectrum, which is also a Commission objective.

Currently, information about available spectrum is so far mainly provided nationally and can vary greatly both in format and scope across the EU.

The European Commission has now adopted a decision that specifies the format and level of detail of the information that Member States should provide on the use of radio spectrum, as well as other practicalities such as reliability and regular updates. This common approach allows for the setting up a single information point containing comparable data, as foreseen by the decision.