The EU Council of Ministers has agreed to a proposal calling for all nations in Europe to open up the 800MHz spectrum band for 4G services to ensure that citizens can access LTE services anywhere in the region.
The deal, agreed between MEPs, the Industry, Research and Energy Committee and the Council of Ministers' Polish presidency, requires all nations to authorise the spectrum for 4G services by 1 January 2013.
"This will set up a pan-European telecommunications market where new services can create opportunities and growth for a 500 million consumer market," said document rapporteur and Swedish MP Gunnar Hökmark.
The document also requests that a further 1,200MHz of spectrum is set aside for mobile broadband services between 2013 and 2015 so that the region can meet the predicted demand for mobile internet access.
"This means that Europe will be in the forefront of future internet and broadband developments," added Hökmark.
Neelie Kroes, vice president for the Digital Agenda, welcomed the document, arguing that a consensus is vital in meeting the mobile demands of citizens.
"Devices like smartphones and tablets are putting our current spectrum allocations under strain," she said.
"Making the best use of this public resource will ensure we have the rails on which modern communications can run. [This] agreement is a big step forward towards making Europe the connected, competitive continent."
The deal will require backing by the Industry, Research and Energy Committee on 10 November, and later by the European Parliament, before it becomes official.
The UK has already set aside the 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrums for 4G services, but live networks are not expected until 2014 as Ofcom continues to delay the auctions after the threat of legal action from some operators.
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