EU's Reding calls for mobile payments system

European Commissioner Viviane Reding contends that European nations should accelerate their transition from analog television broadcasting to digital and institute a secure framework for mobile payments. Speaking in Brussels, Reding outlined her vision for the next five years, emphasizing a series of telecom reform initiatives. "I call on E.U. governments not to wait until 2012, the deadline for the [digital] switchover," she said, noting that the transition promises to free up spectrum for services like mobile broadband. "They should bring these benefits to citizens now."  

In addition to a more expansive mobile payments ecosystem, Reding contends that the European Commission should create a simple legal framework to make it easier for consumers to access digital content, as well as open up the digital economy for smaller businesses by means of an EU-based cloud computing system. She also challenged enterprises to make more efficient use of digital technologies to reduce their carbon footprint, advocating executives turn to videoconferencing instead of air travel.

 

Suggested Articles

Wireless operators can provide 5G services with spectrum bands both above and below 6 GHz—but that doesn't mean that all countries will let them.

Here are the stories we’re tracking today.

The 5G Mobile Network Architecture research project will implement two 5G use cases in real-world test beds.