Satement by Ryan Heath, Spokesperson of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, on the Mobile World Congress 2013, Barcelona
End production: 25/02/2013 First transmission: 25/02/2013
On 25 February 2013, Ryan Heath, Spokesperson of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, made a statement in Brussels on the occasion of the Mobile World Congress 2013, in Barcelona.
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||Soundbite by Ryan Heath, Spokesperson of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, (in ENGLISH): One of the big issues at the moment is that we are not putting enough 4G networks into Europe. People stuck on much slower networks and that is a real problem because that means the networks are jamming up, your phone stops working, sometimes the networks will collapse and that will happen more and more often. So we are trying to free up more spectrums so that more 4G can be available. We are telling people to be serious about the science. We have got some cities now ten times stricter than they need to be on the health side of this situation. We are saying 4G really is possible; it needs to roll out and if it doesn't we are going to have the collapse of our mobile networks and that is a very big problem. And we are going one step further than that and we are getting ready for 5G networks. So, really, it is time to take action. We have a situation now where there are more 4G subscriptions in South Korea than in the whole EU. The EU and the Commission are committed to have 5G ready so that we keep going from strength to strength.
||Soundbite by Ryan Heath (in ENGLISH): Neelie Kroes is going to the mobile world congress this week in Barcelona with the message that we have to smash barriers across the EU single market. And really think big to go back into that driver's seat position that Europe used to have in the mobile industry. We don't just want to be the home of mobile; we want to be the heart of the mobile industry and to do that we are going to be releasing a wireless action plan in March and you are going to hear those details this week. A very key part of that is making sure that all the spectrum that mobile companies need to run the mobile networks actually exists and that doesn’t happen at the moment. We have got people who are really in love with their smartphones and mobile data. Today, more people would tell you that they prefer their smartphones and internet to sex so this is a really serious issue, but the networks can't cope with the growth. We have to make changes. That is something we are going to be looking at on this plan.
||Soundbite by Ryan Heath (in ENGLISH): Europe is really the home of the mobile industry. Europe is where it all began and we created the GSM standard through EU research, and that enables companies like Nokia to take over the global market and turned it into the 250 billion euro a year market that it is today. We have been falling behind for a number of years now and that is something that the European Commission wants to change.