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EC Representation in Malta

One charger for different smartphone brands becomes a reality
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24/02/2011 13:36:31

As mobile phone technology is becoming increasing prominent and innovative the European Commission (EC) Vice president Antonio Tajani has received a sample of the new mobile charger compatible with all major brands, an idea which the Commission has been promoting for many years.

    This sample charger was sent by Bridget Cosgrave, Director-General of DIGITALEUROPE, the largest Association of European digital technology industry. The oneforall.eu chargers are resultant of a through cooperation between the EC and fourteen companies. 

    The Maltese are set to benefit from this initiative. The number of mobile phone users in the Maltese Islands has increased exponentially over the last ten years, with the resulting increase in the use of handsets and chargers. In December 1999, before the local mobile telecommunications market was liberalised, the penetration rate was just 6.3%. This shot up to 29.1% with liberalisation in 2000. In September 2010 it was almost 110%, with more mobile phone subscriptions than people living in the Maltese Islands. 

    Vice President Tajani welcomed the roll out of the new mobile phone chargers based on European Union standards and urged the industry to speed up the introduction of this charger on the market so that all EU citizens could start benefiting from this product. The EC will work with the industry in order to speed up this process. 

    In December 2010 technical standards were published to enable manufactures to proceed with the required design and testing changes for chargers to allow compatibility will all mobile phones.  

    Apple, Emblaze Mobile, Huawei Technologies, LGE, Motorola Mobility, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Research In Motion (RIM), Samsung, Sony Ericsson, TCT Mobile (ALCATEL mobile phones), Texas Instruments and Atmel have agreed to introduce the oneforall.eu chargers on the market throughout 2011. 

    This project forms part of the standardisation chain which aims to promote and open doors for the potentiality of a Single Market. 

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