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Commission identifies Europe's radio spectrum needs in forthcoming global negotiations

European Commission - IP/07/987   02/07/2007

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IP/07/987

Brussels, 2 July 2007

Commission identifies Europe's radio spectrum needs in forthcoming global negotiations

The Commission today has adopted a Communication establishing the EU's positions on what needs to be achieved at this year's World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). At this conference, the world's 191 countries will decide how they will share the radio spectrum, notably for important application sectors, such as mobile communications, broadcasting and air transport, for which European interests are at stake.

"The efficient and coordinated management of the radio spectrum is fundamental for the development of wireless technology and therefore for a dynamic Information Society," said Viviane Reding, the EU's Telecoms Commissioner. "The EU therefore needs to further its interests in the global negotiations on the use of this scarce resource ".

In its Communication of today, the Commission highlights a number of EU objectives that Member States negotiating at WRC-07 should achieve, including:

  • Accommodating the spectrum demands of future terrestrial mobile systems by upgrading the status of these services in the "UHF band" (470-862 MHz) and by identifying part of the "C band" (3.4 to 3.8 GHz) for these systems;
  • Ensuring the effective protection of Earth Exploration and other scientific services from harmful interference;
  • Satisfying the necessary spectrum requirements for digital radio broadcasting and for maritime services in the 4-10 MHz high frequency (HF) band;
  • Providing enough spectrum for aviation applications;
  • Preparing actions to support Community policies for the next WRC Conference due in 2011, notably concerning spectrum flexibility, climate change and the Single European Sky.

Background

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a United Nations agency, which every three or four years holds the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), to update the ITU Radio Regulations, a set of common rules agreed as an international treaty stipulating how this resource is to be shared globally. The next conference will be held between 22 October and 16 November 2007 in Geneva.

EU Member States, as full members of ITU, formally negotiate individually in the WRC. However, the European technical preparations are undertaken by Europe's association of spectrum and telecom authorities, CEPT, with policy input from the European Commission which, together with the EU Presidency, ensures that Community interests are safeguarded during the negotiations.

For the results from the previous WRC conferences in 2003 and 2000 see IP/03/1571 and IP/00/1429.

For more information:

The EU´s Radio Spectrum Policy:
http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/policy/radio_spectrum/

The full text of today's Communication can be found at:
http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/policy/radio_spectrum/ref_documents/


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