Thursday, October 22, 2009

European Commission Adopts 3G Spectrum Directive

The European Commission adopted a directive on spectrum allocations for mobile broadband. The measures open the GSM radio spectrum band to more advanced wireless communication devices, making it easier to adapt spectrum allocation in the 900 MHz frequency band.

Specifically, the new Commission decision sets out the technical parameters allowing for the co-existence of GSM (2G mobile phones) and UMTS systems (3G phones that add high-speed mobile internet to regular phone services) on GSM 900 MHz and 1800 MHz frequencies.

National administrations have now six months to transpose the Directive and to implement the Decision so that the GSM spectrum bands are effectively made available for 3G.

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