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terça-feira, 5 de dezembro de 2017

Telecoms ministers snub Commission’s spectrum overhaul in 5G strategy

Estonian Digital Minister Urve Palo insisted that there are no “major obstacles” to reaching an agreement between the 28 member states on overhauling radio spectrum rules.
[Council of the EU]


Ministers signed off on a list of goals to make 5G networks available around the EU at a meeting in Brussels on Monday (4 December), but they did not budge on a Commission plan to make easier and less lengthy processes for national authorities to auction off radio spectrum to telecoms companies.

Spectrum auctions rake in fees for member states that can stretch up to several billions of euros, and ministers are reluctant to agree on common EU rules that could change how long a spectrum license lasts and conditions for selling it to firms.

Estonian Digital Minister Urve Palo insisted at the end of the meeting that there are no “major obstacles” to reaching an agreement between the 28 member states on spectrum rules.

“Member states do have slightly different views on how much regulation there should be from the European Union on how to distribute the frequencies, and we’ve realised that will be largely down to the member states to decide,” Palo said.
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