Harmonising spectrum for enhanced connectivity: ready for 5G and innovation
The Commission has adopted implementing decisions to ensure that the EU’s radio spectrum policy meets the growing demand for broadband and for innovative digital applications. This initiative makes the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands available for use also by 5G applications. This will enable better connectivity for critical applications in health monitoring, diagnosis and care; smart homes and optimised energy consumption; and connected and automated mobility for safer and more efficient transport systems. Alongside the harmonised ‘pioneer bands’ for 5G, the Radio Spectrum Policy Group has identified the need to ensure the frequency bands already harmonised for 2G, 3G, 4G are also fit for 5G use. According to the 5G Action Plan, by 2025, 5G networks should cover all urban areas and major transport routes. The Commission also adopted implementing decisions to improve the technical conditions for spectrum use for short-range devices and Wi-Fi. Advanced and improved connectivity is a key target of the 2030 Digital Decade proposed by the Commission, whereby 5G should cover all populated areas and all EU households should have access to gigabit connectivity by 2030. Upgraded, fast and reliable networks will be the springboard for the timely digital transformation and for enabling better services and products across Europe. More information is available here.