25 March 2005
25 March 2005New Report evaluates European security needs in the space sector: integrated monitoring and communications systems, combining satellite and terrestrial technologies
Contact: EC Space Policy
17 February 2005
Information on the allocation, availability and use of radio spectrum in the Community - Final report of study (.pdf)
17 February 2005In light of the increasing importance of reliable, public information about radio spectrum use and accessibility, this study was to assess the availability of spectrum information as well as the needs of the interested constituencies. The study was further to investigate whether regulatory measures to ensure the availability and accessibility of such information are required and what concrete actions to improve the current situation are recommended.
See also: Annex of the final report
1 February 2004
COMMISSION COMMUNICATION: Connecting Europe at high speed: recent developments in the sector of electronic communications
1 February 2004Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are one of the important dynamic forces for growth in modern economies. They contribute to transforming economic and social activities, lead to higher labour productivity growth, and foster economic and social cohesion. Four years after the Lisbon European Council, the creation of a favourable environment for the spread of ICTs remains an important responsibility for policy makers. This is why the 2004 Spring Report recalls the importance of information society policy to improve competitiveness. It also invites the Council and the European Parliament to take action in those sectors that are considered to be of strategic importance for European growth...
See also: IS Industry > Communications
19 November 2003
19 November 2003The ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2003 (WRC-03) took place over four weeks in June and July 2003, providing a global framework for negotiations between over 2500 delegates representing 150 countries and other interests on updating the allocation of the radio spectrum and its usage conditions across the world as defined by the ITU Radio Regulations. The results obtained at WRC-03 constitute the last milestone in a preparation process which was conducted over the last three years. ...
See also: eCommunications: International Aspects
1 August 2003
Commission Communication: the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting (from digital 'switchover' to analogue 'switch-off')
1 August 2003'Switchover', i.e. the transition, from analogue to digital broadcasting, is a complex process with social and economic implications going well beyond the pure technical migration. Digital broadcasting development is positive as it improves both the range and quality of services, notably thanks to digital compression. This increases both spectrum efficiency and network payloads. This Communication addresses the switchover process, with a special focus on Member States' policies for digital TV migration. The Action Plan eEurope2005 requests Member States to publish their intentions regarding switchover by December 2003. This Communication suggests the type of information that could be included in such reports.
1 July 2003
Commission Communication: Barriers to widespread access to new services and applications of the information society through open platforms in digital television and third generation mobile communications
1 July 2003This Communication is the Commission's response to the request to examine and report on any remaining barriers to widespread access to Information Society services through open delivery platforms in 3G mobile communications and digital television. In recognition of market realities and expectations, the Communication is not confined to these two platforms but rather presents a multi-platform approach to the delivery of Information Society services, which is more likely to be the market reality in future. This Communication addresses some generic issues common to all digital platforms as well as some platform-specific issues for mobile communications and digital TV. These latter two are expected to complement other delivery platforms that will also offer Information Society and other electronic services.
See also: See Also: Information Society Industry