TV Frequencies Should Be Converted For Mobile Broadband Use Within Six Years

TV Frequencies Should Be Converted For Mobile Broadband Use Within Six Years

The EU should convert a whole spectrum of television and radio frequencies for use by mobile broadband by around 2020 as smartphone use soars, a report said on Monday.

Former World Trade Organisation chief Pascal Lamy has suggested that the 700 Mhz spectrum should be “repurposed” for wireless broadband. He suggested that freeing up the frequency will allow more access for the use of mobile phones and the Internet in general, as use of smartphones soars worldwide.

The 700 Mhz frequency is used for terrestrial broadcasting networks and wireless microphones.  Lamy has suggested regulatory security and stability for terrestrial broadcasters in the remaining UHF spectrum below 700 MHz to be safeguarded until 2030.

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