Overview of concrete actions to be taken by the Member States and the Commission as required by the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP)

Based on the policy objectives as defined in the RSPP, the European Commission together with all Member States will also work on the following concrete actions:
  • Ensuring that at least 1200 MHz spectrum are identified to address increasing demand for wireless data traffic; and assessing the need for additional harmonised spectrum bands;

  • Allowing spectrum trading throughout the EU in all harmonised bands where flexible use has already been introduced;

  • Making available sufficient harmonised spectrum for the development of the internal market in for wireless safety services and civil protection;

  • Fostering different modes of spectrum sharing in Europe, to ensure efficient use of spectrum and to increase spectrum access opportunities for wireless innovation;

  • Ensuring that the radio spectrum can be used to support a more efficient energy production and distribution in Europe so that wireless innovations contribute to a low-carbon society;

  • Finding appropriate spectrum for wireless microphones and cameras (PMSE); and

  • By mid 2013 at the latest defining the details for the EU's radio spectrum inventory - as well as for an adequate analysis of the efficiency of spectrum use in particular in the 400 MHz to 6 GHz range. This will form the basis, where appropriate, of further action to coordinate or harmonise specific bands.

In particular the Member States have to authorise the use of the following frequency bands which have been reallocated for high speed electronic communication services:

  • The harmonised bands 900/1800 MHz, 2.5-2.69 GHz, 3.4-3.8 GHz by the end of 2012

  • The 800 MHz band (the "digital dividend") by 1 January 2013, in particular to cover sparsely populated areas (except in case of individual derogations obtained before that date).

First Report on the RSPP

On 22 April 2014, the Commission adopted its first report to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme.