The European Commission vice president for the Digital Agenda is expected to urge the European Council of Telecoms Ministers to reach an agreement on the harmonisation of radio spectrum to help drive the mobile internet.
Neelie Kroes will argue that opening up spectrum will boost internet access for citizens across the EU, and help the EC's goal of making access to basic broadband available to all by 2013.
The commissioner will also tell the Council today that the EC will launch a public consultation on roaming to look at various issues, including technology development, the lack of competition and further retail roaming regulations.
European citizens are now enjoying lower roaming charges thanks to changes in EU laws, but Kroes will argue that more genuine competition in roaming services needs to be fostered.
Ultimately, Kroes hopes to achieve parity between national and roaming charges by 2015 by creating a single European telecoms market.
Speaking at the European Intellectual Property Summit, Kroes also urged the European technology sector to play a leading role in the growth of the so-called 'internet of things'.
"There are more than one billion transistors per human on the planet. We will have the possibility to sense and measure changes in our world that affect our lives. The question is whether Europe is willing to make the most of this opportunity," she said.
"The rest of the world certainly is. While Europe represents more than 30 per cent of the global ICT markets, our presence in internet innovation fails to match the know-how of our industries, researchers and innovators."
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