Written by Marcin Szczepański (3rd edition),
While radio spectrum management is predominantly a national competence, EU policy plays an increasingly important role in its coordination and harmonisation. The EU actively seeks ways to harmonise use of the different bands of the spectrum to meet the ever-growing demand for wireless mobile broadband. Nevertheless, spectrum allocation in the EU remains fragmented and varies among Member States.
Following developments in the international framework, as well as the considerations of high-level expert groups and a public consultation, the Commission adopted a long-term strategy for use of the 470-790 MHz frequency band. The strategy proposes to repurpose the 694-790 MHz band, to use it for wireless broadband rather than television broadcasting. The latter is to have priority in the 470-694 MHz band.
The ITRE Committee report proposes that the deadline for national roadmaps is extended to 30 June 2018, that the 470-694 MHz band can be used by broadcasting services until 2030 and that end-users are compensated promptly for the switch. A December agreement with the Council in trilogue needs now to be confirmed.
- December 2016: New radio frequencies for mobile internet services (3rd edition)
- September 2016: New radio frequencies for mobile internet services (2nd edition)
- March 2016 New radio frequencies for mobile internet services (1st edition)
|Proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the use of the 470-790 MHz frequency band in the Union|
|Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
Patrizia Toia, (S&D, Italy)
|COM(2016) 46 of 02.02.2016
Ordinary legislative procedure
|Next steps expected:||Confirmation of text agreed in trilogue, then plenary first-reading vote|