EU to set 2013 limit for 4G spectrum release today

At a meeting of the European Union Telecom Ministers in Brussels today, it is expected to be agreed that radio spectrum for 4G services should be made available by member states by 2013.

Neelie Kroes, the EU Commissioner for the digital agenda, says: “The commission (EC) is convinced that its proposal to fix 2013 as the target date is necessary and realistic.”

Kroes adds that the EC “will encourage those member states that have had difficulties in making progress so far and are working hard to overcome those difficulties to meet this deadline.”

However, in individual cases, extensions to 2015 are possible.

Kroes is also expected to tell today’s meeting that there will be a public consultation on roaming charges.

Kroes says: “It is essential to consider other options which could be used to create a competitive internal market for roaming,”

The EC wants to abolish the difference between international and national roaming charges by 2015.

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