07 October 2015

The upcoming World Radio Communications (WRC) conference in November 2015 organised by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will see important decisions being taken on spectrum allocations. Decisions adopted at this conference will have a direct impact on how we can meet future connectivity needs in Europe and around the world.

It is therefore necessary for the EU to work together to ensure that our interests are promoted during these negotiations.
This timely EIF debate aimed to foster a balanced discussion between the main sectors that may be impacted by these decisions (satellite, broadcast and mobile).

Gunnar Hökmark, MEP, EIF Member and chair of this event, noted the outcomes of this conference will affect many sectors. Therefore it is important to seek the best possible outcome for European society and economy.

Andreas Geiss, Head of Unit for Spectrum Policy at DG CONNECT, European Commission, presented the European Commission priorities at the WRC. He noted that it is important to put 5G on the agenda for the next WRC. He also noted that it is important to have the common Union position to strengthen EU internationally and to protect existing EU laws.

Evert Dudok, Vice Chair of ESOA and Executive Vice President Communications, Intelligence & Security, Airbus Defence and Space, noted that the growth of mobile required more bandwidth, but not at the expenses of existing services. European decisions also must be made thinking about the global impact.

Valerio Zingarelli, RAI’s Chief Technology Officer represented EBU at the EIF debate. He presented the priorities of broadcasters at the WRC. He noted that, “Spectrum policy needs to reflect the fact that TV remains a hugely popular medium and future mobile data traffic growth can be addressed without compromising the future of DTT.”

Afke Schaart, Vice-President Europe, GSMA, noted the rapid growth of mobile data and the need for more spectrum since the last time it was discussed globally was 2007. This year’s conference is a rare opportunity to agree on harmonized mobile spectrum worldwide.

Jurand Drop, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Administration and Digital Affairs, Poland, called for Members States’ solidarity and a united EU position at the negotiating table of the WRC.

Vincent Sneed, Director Regulatory Affairs & Manager, Association of European Radios, explained why it is important to preserve radio’s access to spectrum. 


Highlights from Twitter:


Important discussion tonight about European leadership, #EU #spectrum https://t.co/ViPAHkbYHF 
— Gunnar Hökmark (@ghokmark) September 29, 2015

@Europarl_EN / @EIFonline- key words on spectrum:allocate, by division or by sharing,harmonize, consolidate- it needs cooperation of all
— Michał Boni (@MichalBoni) September 29, 2015

We need Members States solidarity at the World's Radio Conference @JurandDrop at the @EIFonline debate on #spectrum 
— EIF (@EIFonline) September 29, 2015

Spectrum is a scarce ressource! Let's discuss spectrum policy at @EIFonline debate hosted by @ghokmark pic.twitter.com/KvzrteNPhL 
— ECTA (@twECTA) September 29, 2015


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