Avner Motaev writes about EU proposals for telecommunications in Europe.
Regulators have proposed a roll-out of a ‘key’ mobile spectrum across all 28 nations of Europe, in order to improve internet access and reach out to remote parts of the country.
I’ve decided to look into the news and conclude upon the changes proposed.
A band of 700MHz (Megahertz) has been proposed.
In a statement, EU Commissioner Andrus Ansip said:
“This band is the sweet spot for both wide coverage and high speeds. It will give top-quality internet access to all Europeans, even in rural areas, and pave the way for 5G, the next generation of communication network“
The band can penetrate buildings and cover large geographical areas, which means that it will have strong potential to reach out to distant communities across the EU.
Furthermore, the EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Günther Oettinger said:
“We cannot have high quality mobile internet for everything and for everyone everywhere unless we have modern infrastructure and modern rules.
With this proposal we show that we can have both: a vibrant audio–visual sector as well as the spectrum we will need for 5G.
The 700 MHz band will be ideal for new promising fields like connected driving and the Internet of Things. I want Europe to lead in 5G. That is why all Member States must act by 2020.”
Mr Oettinger’s statement implies that there is a necessity for 5G, high-speed internet connections in the continent. This may be true however, as there is a clear economic benefit when online connections are quick and efficient – for evidence of this simply observe the success of highly-connected European nations such as Estonia, Sweden and Finland.
In conclusion, it’s clear that the EU wants more connectivity for the region – whether this will materialise in what is one of the most turbulent periods for the organisation is up for debate.
Avner Motaev is the director of Mobile2Business, a provider of telecommunications solutions to businesses in Austria. Mobile2Business is an official business partner of T-Mobile