ETNO, GSMA call on EU to reform spectrum to boost 5G rollout

Wednesday 3 May 2017 | 08:35 CET | News

ETNO, the main lobby group for telecom operators, and its counterpart in the mobile sector, the GSMA, have called on the European Parliament and European Union Member States to maintain or strengthen the spectrum reform aspects of the proposed new Electronic Communications Code currently being discussed. In a joint statement, the industry bodies described spectrum reform as the main pre-condition to a timely rollout of new 5G networks and services. In addition, they identified spectrum measures in the Code as one of the major pro-investment aspects of the ongoing telecommunications reform.

Specifically, ETNO and the GSMA called on the co-legislators to ensure greater certainty and predictability over future rights of use, ensure predictability of all licensing conditions, support easier spectrum trading and leasing proposals, allow for a neutral approach in terms of general authorisations and spectrum sharing, and ensure alignment with international rules in terms of interferences.

They also said Member States should encourage greater consistency in approaches to spectrum awards while continuing to enable freedom to compete and differentiate through voluntary sharing and under competition law, as opposed to introducing ex-ante regulatory measures.

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