Demand for wireless services is soaring. The European Commission's radio spectrum policy helps to make the most of our airwaves.
The majority of spectrum allocation is fragmented and countries are not following their obligations to assign spectrum. Only 5 of 28 Member States have assigned all 100% of the 1025 MHz of EU-harmonised spectrum for mobile broadband due to be assigned by end 2012. Only 12 Member States have released the 800 MHz band to operators, the band most critical for 4G LTE and expanding broadband coverage into rural areas. We aim to consolidate the market, and therefore, on11 September 2013 (calendar), we adopted a legislative package for a "Connected Continent: Building a Telecoms Single Market" aimed at building a connected, competitive continent and enabling sustainable digital jobs and industries.
Radio spectrum is a ubiquitous resource, but also finite. As more and more people want to use it, we need better coordination and smarter technologies. For example, new technologies benefit from the internal market for wireless services based on harmonised EU rules; while more flexible usage conditions help markets to develop and support innovation. Since 2002, the EU's Radio Spectrum Policy has ensured the availability and efficient use of spectrum.
The European Commission and national spectrum regulators work closely together to develop common rules. But radio spectrum policy also has an impact on many stakeholders. Find out how you can contribute and learn more about the current activities in the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) and the Radio Spectrum Committee (RSC).
The Radio Spectrum Policy archive contains documents such as relevant EU legislation, Commission Decisions, studies, etc; as well as access to committee working documents.