Europe to Study Use of UHF Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Services

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The former chief of the World Trade Organisation and a former European Commissioner Pascal Lamy is to head a team looking at how to use the UHF spectrum band (470 790 MHz) most effectively in coming decades.

The EU's Digital Commissioner Neelie Kroes is asking for quick results: a final report will be delivered by July 2014.

Neelie Kroes said: "Europe needs to use spectrum more effectively if we want to benefit from the latest TV and internet developments. That's why we need a new consensus on how to use broadcast spectrum, and that's why I made the coordination of broadband spectrum a central feature of our effort to build a telecoms single market."

The advice of the High Level Group will help the Commission develop, in cooperation with the Member States, a long-term strategic and regulatory policy on the future use of the entire UHF band (470-790 MHz), including possibilities for sharing parts of the band.

Kroes said: "The TV viewing habits of young people bear no resemblance to that of my generation. The rules need to catch-up in a way that delivers more and better television and more and better broadband. Current spectrum assignments won't support consumer habits of the future - based on huge amounts of audiovisual consumption through broadband and IPTV."

The Group has been asked to look at how Europe will access and use audiovisual content and data in the medium to long term and come up with options.

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