The European Commission will respond positively to the US over access for its equipment and service providers to European markets for third generation mobile communications.
Yesterday, commissioner Martin Bangemann was sent a letter by US secretary of state Madeline Albright and US trade representative Charlene Barshefsky over third generation mobile market access.
"We received this yesterday evening. It is nothing new. The US sent an exhaustive questionnaire in November. The commission is preparing its answer. We are always ready to cooperate with the U.S. on this," the spokesman said.
EU member states have already decided on the UMTS system for third generation mobile but this is not an exclusive system and member states can choose other technology if they wish, he said.
"There is the possibility for member states to have other technologies. The only thing they must have is the frequencies. They must have frequencies for UMTS. It is for them to decide if they give frequencies to other technologies," he said.
The European UMTS norm was reached by consensus with support from major US companies and only one US company against, he said, referring to Qualcomm.
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