European Parliament clears path for 5G mobile broadbandStaff Writer | March 16, 2017
The European Parliament approved the final deal to free up the 700 MHz spectrum band for mobile broadband.
Technology Member states shall ensure the availability
With connection speeds above 10 Gigabits per second and latency below 5 milliseconds, 5G will enable an industrial transformation, connecting millions of devices simultaneously and supporting completely new types of applications connecting devices and objects.
Coordinating the release of the frequency band in all member states is crucial to allow innovative mobile services, such as remote healthcare, smart cities and connected cars, to work across the European Union.
Fast and reliable internet, and the new mobile services that can be developed with it, is fundamental both in our daily lives and for economic development in the EU.
The core of the decision is that the 700 MHz band will be allocated for mobile broadband in 2020, while those member states that for certain technical or financial reasons need to delay, will be able to do so until 2022.
Member states shall ensure the availability for broadcasting services in the sub-700 band until 2030 and they may also compensate direct costs for end-users, caused by migration or the reallocation of spectrum use.
Currently, the 700 MHz band is used for television broadcasting and wireless microphones. ■