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Radio frequencies: digital European cordless telecommunications - DECT - UMTS

These two measures aim to create the necessary conditions for the coordinated introduction of digital European cordless telecommunications into the Community. The aim is to enhance the possibilities of cordless telecommunications.

ACTS

Council Directive 91/287/EEC of 3 June 1991 on the frequency band to be designated for the coordinated introduction of digital European cordless telecommunications (DECT) into the Community.

Council Recommendation 91/288/EEC of 3 June 1991 on the coordinated introduction of digital European cordless telecommunications (DECT) into the Community.

SUMMARY

Directive 91/287/EEC

Member States are obliged to designate the 1880-1900 MHz frequency band for digital cordless communications by 1 January 1992 at the latest. Digital European cordless telecommunications * have priority and are protected in the designated band.

The Commission will report to the Council on the implementation of this Directive not later than the end of 1995.

Recommendation 91/288/CEE

The Member States and, where appropriate, the telecommunications administrations are required to draw up detailed recommendations on the coordinated introduction of digital European cordless communications into the Community.

Member States are required to inform the Commission at the end of each year, from the end of 1992 onwards, of the measures taken and the problems encountered in the course of implementing this Recommendation.

The Council recommends that telecommunications organisations continue to cooperate within the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (ECPT) and/or the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) on the completion of the specifications, as well as the introduction and operation of DECT technology.

The Commission is required to prepare a long-term strategy for the development of the pan-European digital cellular, paging and cordless telecommunications systems. In doing so, it must take account of the general development towards a universal personal communications system, recent studies and the ETSI work programme.

Key terms used in the act
  • digital European cordless telecommunications: any technology complying with the European Telecommunications Standard for digital cordless telecommunications, called DECT.
  • digital European cordless telecommunications (DECT) system; technology complying with The European Telecommunications Standard (ETS) for digital cordless telecommunications referred to in Recommendation 91/288/EEC and telecommunications systems, both public and private, which directly use such technology.

REFERENCES

ActEntry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal
Directive 91/287/EEC05.06.199131.12.1991OJ L 144 of 08.06.1991
Recommendation 91/288/EEC--OJ L 144 of 08.06.1991

RELATED ACTS

Commission Communication of 11 June 2002 "Towards the full roll-out of third generation mobile communications" [COM(2002) 301 final - Not published in the Official Journal].
This Commission document gives an overview of the situation in the third generation (3G) mobile communications sector. It also identifies the main challenges that will need to be addressed in order for 3G services to fulfil their role in the implementation of a competitive and dynamic information society.

Decision 128/1999/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 December 1998 on the coordinated introduction of a third-generation mobile and wireless communications system (UMTS) in the Community [Official Journal L 17 of 22.01.1999].
The aim of this Decision is to facilitate the rapid and coordinated introduction of compatible UMTS networks and services into the Community, on the basis of internal market principles and in accordance with commercial demand.

Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the further development of mobile and wireless communications - Challenges and choices for the European Union [COM (97) 217 final - Not published in the Official Journal].

Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Strategy and policy orientations with regard to the further development of mobile and wireless communications (UMTS) - Outcome of the public consultation and proposals for creating a favourable environment [COM(97) 513 final - Not published in the Official Journal].

Last updated: 25.10.2005
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