Mobile broadband could benefit from 800MHz broadcast spectrum
Tuesday, September 14th 2010
European Commission member states could be forced to turn over the 800MHz broadcast spectrum to mobile broadband operators.Mobile broadband coverage in the UK could be boosted by new proposals from the European Commission.
Next Monday (September 20th 2010), the body will unveil plans for member states to use part of the broadcast spectrum for mobile broadband.
It will ask the European Parliament and Council of Ministers to make a ruling which will force countries to use the 800MHz spectrum to enhance wireless broadband services for use with mobile devices.
Speaking to ZDNet UK, European digital agenda spokesperson Jonathan Todd said members have always "jealously guarded" their frequency allocation rights.
"We want to introduce more coordination of frequency allocation policies to make sure that there's sufficient spectrum available in all [member] states," he explained.
This news comes after Ofcom announced that it has chosen Epitiro to analyse the performance of the UK's mobile broadband network operators - 3 Mobile, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone.
Speed and reliability will be among the factors that are measured.