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