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Action 49: Implementing the European Radio Spectrum Policy Programme in Member States


What is the problem? Poor coordination of access to radio spectrum

The allocation of radio spectrum in Europe is poorly coordinated. As a result, mobile internet users already experience congestion on networks and innovation in markets for new technologies is being stifled.

Why is EU action required?

  • To set up clear rules for managing EU radio spectrum
  • To ensure radio spectrum is allocated where it is most valuable, for example to provide fast wireless broadband services to citizens in rural areas
  • To ensure that all spectrum users utilize their resources fully and efficiently
  • To ensure that spectrum policy promotes research and innovation, in particular by strengthening shared spectrum usage
  • To ensure that the EU can compete on the global market for wireless innovation
  • To secure a strong negotiating position for the EU vis-à-vis third countries

What has the Commission done so far?

In 2012: Adoption of the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (Action 44) on 14 March 2012.

What will the Commission do?

In 2013:

  • monitor the deadlines for national spectrum awards for wireless broadband, including the 800 MHz band, and launch administrative procedures, where appropriate
  • develop the spectrum inventory to promote efficient spectrum usage and to satisfy demand
  • follow up the Communication on the shared use of spectrum to ensure additional flexibility and innovation

More information

EU Radio Spectrum Policy

Radio Spectrum Policy Programme


Progress Report