The European Union has announced plans to create a combined market for television, radio and internet spectrum auctions that could see one country's airwaves being bought and sold by companies in a different territory.
Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media, will present the plans on 28 June as part of a wider report into Europe's communications industries.
The proposed initiatives could also regulate the way that spectrum is used, and standardise the system across all countries.
Currently, technology from one region does not always work in another because different parts of the spectrum are used to transmit different services.
Any standardisation is likely to be greeted with approval by manufacturers, which could produce a single device that works across a number of countries.
However, the plan could be upset by member states within the EU which want to retain control of the airwaves rather than hand them over to the EU.
Each country currently auctions off its own spectrum in sales that have the potential to raise huge amounts of money, as witnessed by the 3G auction in the UK back in 2000.
In order for the changes to take place the EU will need the backing of the 25 individual countries and the European Parliament.
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