EC Consultation on the introduction of harmonised technical conditions for the terrestrial 2 GHz band

The European Commission (CE) has launched a public consultation, closing on 18 January 2012, on the introduction of technical harmonisation measures at European Union (EU) level in the terrestrial 2 GHz band (1900-1980 MHz, 2010-2025 MHz and 2110-2170 MHz).

Use of this band in the EU is currently restricted only to UMTS, whereby parts of it remain largely unused, even though rights of use have been granted in some Member States for many years.

The Commission considers that it is necessary to take measures which would make the 2 GHz band available to a greater range of services and, as such, maximise its economic and social benefit.

The questionnaire submitted to consultation is based on a study conducted by the EC and a report by the Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT). The contributions compiled will be examined during the preparation of the Commission Decision in 2012, which will also be the subject of an impact study.

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