Tuesday, July 24, 2007

European Commission Proposes to Open More Spectrum for New Services

The European Commission proposed opening more radio spectrum for advanced mobile data and multimedia services, such video streaming to mobile handsets. Specifically, the EC proposes to repeal the existing GSM Directive and replacing it with a directive that allows new technologies to coexist with GSM in the frequencies of 900 MHz and 1800 MHz, while preserving the continued operation of GSM in the EU.

In the Commission's assessment, the proposed measures will have a positive economic effect on the sector and promote the take-up of new wireless services. Estimates given by the sector itself suggest that in Europe the wireless communications industry may achieve cumulative capital expenditures reductions of up to 40% in network costs over five years.


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