The European Commission (EC) has outlined proposals for all member states to open up more spectrum for 4G use in order to maximise the benefits the region gets from the technology.
Digital agenda chief Neelie Kroes made the announcement on Monday, saying all nations will be required to add another 120MHz to the available spectrum for 4G services by 30 June, 2014.
This should make a total of 1000MHz of spectrum open for 4G use in the continent, twice that of the US, the EC noted.
"This extra spectrum for 4G in Europe means we can better meet the changing and growing demand for broadband," added Kroes.
"I want to see member states acting swiftly to change existing licences. We all win from faster wireless connections in Europe."
The spectrum will come from around the 2GHz range, between 1920-1980MHz and 2110-2170MHz, which will be enforced in all member states to ensure harmonisation across nations.
These frequencies are currently used for 3G base transmit and mobile transmit aspects of networks relating to 3G delivery.
The EC said the decision should help further boost Europe's push for ubiquitous access to high-speed broadband networks, with targets of 30Mbit/s for all citizens by 2020 set by the organisation.
Ofcom said the decision mirrored its own desire to increase 4G networks in the UK.
"The European Commission's decision is consistent with Ofcom's long standing objective to reduce regulation and increase more flexible use of spectrum wherever appropriate," a spokesperson said.
"Before any changes are made in the UK, we will first need to consult with stakeholders."
The announcement comes as the first 4G networks in the UK go live with EE, with Vodafone and O2 set to follow suit around spring 2013.
The UK has fallen behind rivals in the Nordics and Germany for 4G services but it is hoped the desire for the services will propel the nation forward as more networks come online.
The announcement comes on the same day a government-commissioned report claimed mobile networks are worth some £50bn to the UK economy and that plans to open up a further 500MHz for commercial uses, including white space, will help this grow.
“Ensuring that sufficient spectrum is available to meet the requirements of this expanding sector has already been identified as a key priority for many governments, and in the UK the government has set a target to release 500MHz of spectrum for commercial use by 2020,” the report by Analysys Mason said.
“The government should continue to put in place the necessary studies and actions in order to achieve this target.
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