Radio Frequencies to Be Reallocated for Broadband in EU

The E.U. is planning to reassign radio frequencies for faster wireless services as part of a five-year plan outlined by Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes on Monday.

The proposal is part of the Digital Agenda, which aims to have broadband access for every European citizen by 2013. Under the new plan, the Commission wants member states which implement technical measures to prevent interference by 2012 to award wireless broadband licenses to operators for all spectrum bands.

The bands are the 900/1800 MHz bands, the 2.5 GHz band and the 3.4 -- 3.8 GHz band, but member states are also being told to open up the 800 MHz band to wireless broadband by Jan. 1, 2013.

The proposal is based on the E.U.'s Single Market rules and envisages that CEPT (European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations) and the Commission's Joint Research Centre will oversee coordination across borders.

The proposal forms part of a package of broadband measures and will be sent to the European Parliament and E.U. Council of Ministers for adoption.

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