EU presidents prioritize spectrum harmony

European Commission plans to harmonize wireless radio spectrum across the region have been boosted by backing from the area’s current and future presidential states.
Representatives from Hungary – the current holder of presidency – and Poland agreed to prioritize the EC’s radio spectrum policy program (RSPP) and draw up legislative proposals by the year end. The RSPP is a key element of the EC’s digital agenda and Europe 2020 schemes, and so is considered a vital element in the region’s future economic success.
“Additional frequencies would provide better connections and speed for important new services,” digital agenda vice president Neelie Kroes explains. “As other parts of the world forge ahead with major spectrum initiatives, Europe cannot afford to lose out through lack of ambition.”
The presidential representatives agreed with Kroes’ view that the RSPP should be a top priority because it is a core element in speeding broadband deployment in Europe – particularly in rural areas that are underserved by fixed-line alternatives.
Polish telecoms undersecretary of state Magdalena Gaj says her country will aim to continue the strong progress made by Hungary, when it takes up the presidential reins under a regular rotation around member states.
“There is a need for an early adoption, considering the deadlines and remaining implementation work,” she notes, adding. “The right management of spectrum fosters economic growth and is essential for the digital Europe and creation of the single market.”
Gaj believes harmonized spectrum will help the region prevent a digital divide opening up between urban and rural areas, and that “more efficient allocation of spectrum could also unlock the potential of the knowledge-based European economy.”