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EC Urges Agreement On Radio Spectrum For Mobile Internet

The European Commission vice president for Digital Agenda will urge the European Council of Telecom Ministers to reach an agreement to allocate radio spectrum across the continent to help boost mobile internet.

Neelie Kroes, the head of Digital Agenda, will point out that freeing the radio spectrum will help the European Commission to reach its goal of providing basic internet to every one in Europe by 2013.

According to tech news site V3, the European Commission is planning to hold a consultation on roaming, investigating issues like competition, regulation and the development of new technology.

Speaking at the European Intellectual Property Summit, Kroes said: “There are more than one billion transistors per human on the planet. We will have the possibility to sense and measure changes in our world that affect our lives. The question is whether Europe is willing to make the most of this opportunity.”

"The rest of the world certainly is. While Europe represents more than 30 per cent of the global ICT markets, our presence in internet innovation fails to match the know-how of our industries, researchers and innovators."