Brussels, 17 October 2012
Commission proposes to update radio equipment rules
The European Commission has today proposed to update the Radio Equipment Directive. The proposal aims to make sure all market players comply with the rules regarding the avoidance of interference, so that consumers do not have problems when opening car doors, monitoring their babies or listening to radio. The Commission also proposes to clarify and simplify the Directive, to facilitate its application and to eliminate unnecessary burden ultimately increasing all stakeholders' confidence in the regulatory framework.
European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: “Mobile communications enrich the lives of citizens and are essential for the competitiveness of EU companies. The R&TTE sector is one of the few high-tech sectors where the EU is a global leader. Therefore, we need to strengthen confidence among producers to ensure that this sector can continue its successful growth. We also propose to eliminate unclear or unnecessary requirements which deter innovation, to enable the radio and telecommunications sector to pursue its spectacular growth."
The Commission proposes:
The proposal would also introduce some specific requirements, such as:
The number of mobile devices and wireless applications has grown spectacularly over recent years and continues to show enormous potential for further innovation and expansion. However, the sustained increase in applications, technologies and platforms also creates new risk of interference between the various devices on the market. To enable the sector to further expand we need to avoid such interference and to ensure that we make increasingly efficient use of the radio spectrum.
The R&TTE Directive on radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment entered into force in 1999 and has been crucial to achieving an internal market in this area. The radio communications and telecommunications equipment industries sector encompasses all products using the radio frequency spectrum (e.g. car door openers, mobile communications equipment such as cellular telephones, CB radio, broadcast transmitters, etc.) and all equipment related to public telecommunications networks (e.g. ADSL modems, telephones, telephone switches).
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