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Radio Spectrum Programme: High speed and capacity indispensable for digital society. Gunnar Hökmark MEP


12 Jan 2011


Global Europe

"If Europe is not to be outrun by other global actors, we must allocate more frequencies for mobile internet solutions. Delivering the highest possible speed and capacity is indispensable for a flourishing digital society", said Gunnar Hökmark MEP, Vice-Chairman of the EPP Group responsible for the European Parliament's Report on the Radio Spectrum Programme, following a Hearing on Radio Spectrum in the European Parliament today.

"We have only seen the beginning of the exceptional growth of mobile data traffic. In a future society where everything will be connected, Europe runs the risk of hitting the capacity ceiling. Courageous political decisions are now needed to ensure that Europe is not left behind but instead paves the way for future digital solutions."

"It is important that the allocation of more frequencies is supportive of an increased competition in the market. Effective competition is a cornerstone of the internal market and any accumulation of rights of use of radio frequencies must respect this principle."

"Internet has opened unprecedented opportunities for TV and content distribution and it is therefore crucial that the cultural sector is not left behind", concluded Gunnar Hökmark.

More in formation on the Hearing.

For further information:
Gunnar HÖKMARK MEP, Tel: +32-2-2845822
Per Heister, EPP Group Press & Communications Service, Tel: +32-496-645530

Notes to Editors:
The EPP Group is by far the largest political group in the European Parliament with 265 Members.