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Radio Spectrum Policy Programme

Radio Spectrum Policy Programme

 

SUMMARY OF:

Decision No 243/2012/EU establishing a multiannual radio spectrum policy programme

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE DECISION?

It establishes a radio spectrum* policy across the EU to assist in strategic planning in the use of spectrum for all EU policies relating to the internal market including electronic communications, wireless broadband, mobile communications and the Internet of Things (IoT), transport, energy, and audiovisual.

KEY POINTS

  • The policy establishes an inventory of existing spectrum use, a radio spectrum policy programme (RSPP), and creates a roadmap for the future. It does not address spectrum issues in policy areas such as civil protection, security and defence, or affect EU countries’ rights to use spectrum for their own security matters.
  • EU countries must cooperate to ensure the consistent application of the EU’s policy objectives, which are to:
    • promote innovation and investment through greater flexibility in the use of spectrum and its efficient management to meet increasing demand, reflecting its social, cultural and economic importance;
    • allocate spectrum to support EU objectives and the increasing use of wireless data, freeing up additional spectrum to enable the EU to take the lead in wireless broadband and new technologies;
    • encourage consumer take-up of digital technology and contribute to the digital agenda for Europe, with the highest possible broadband speed for all EU citizens;
    • promote the transfer or leasing of spectrum rights and infrastructure sharing, avoiding concentration of rights harmful to competition and facilitating general, rather than individual, spectrum authorisations;
    • avoid harmful interference through efficient use of spectrum and increasing device immunity to interference, as well as reducing the carbon footprint by improving energy efficiency.
  • Sufficient coverage and capacity must be made available for the EU to have the fastest wireless broadband speeds in the world, not less than 30 Mbps for all citizens, by 2020. This could involve, in particular:
    • rapidly releasing additional frequency bands;
    • using the 800-MHz band throughout the EU;
    • using satellite or small cell solutions to enable internet access.
  • EU countries must also ensure availability of radio frequencies for innovative audio-visual satellite and terrestrial broadcasting, where there is a clear need, and protect the following specific spectrum needs:
  • Decision 2007/344 ensures harmonised transparency on the use of radio spectrum in the EU through a common information point called EFIS.

FROM WHEN DOES THE DECISION APPLY?

It has applied since 10 April 2012.

BACKGROUND

Directive (EU) 2018/1972, which establishes the European Electronic Communications Code, introduces rules on the coordination of radio spectrum between the EU countries and harmonises the rules on managing this. It includes specific rules to facilitate market entry for new players and the shared use of radio spectrum. The directive repeals Directive 2002/20/EC and 2002/21/EC as from 20 December 2020.

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KEY TERMS

Radio spectrum: in electromagnetic radiation, the range of frequencies between 3 Hz and 3 000 GHz that corresponds to radio. The frequencies carry Wi-Fi and mobile telephone signals, and are important in transport, broadcasting, public safety and security communication.
Radio-frequency identification (RFID): a technology which uses radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to identify objects carrying tags when they come close to a reader. The tags generally feature an electronic chip with an antenna in order to pass information on to the interrogator (a base station or more generally, a reader).

MAIN DOCUMENT

Decision No 243/2012/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 March 2012 establishing a multiannual radio spectrum policy programme (OJ L 81, 21.3.2012, pp. 7-17)

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/785 of 14 May 2019 on the harmonisation of radio spectrum for equipment using ultra-wideband technology in the Union and repealing Decision 2007/131/EC (OJ L 127, 16.5.2019, pp. 23-33)

Directive (EU) 2018/1972 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2018 establishing the European Electronic Communications Code (Recast) (OJ L 321, 17.12.2018, pp. 36-214)

Decision (EU) 2017/899 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2017 on the use of the 470-790 MHz frequency band in the Union (OJ L 138, 25.5.2017, pp. 131-137)

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/687 of 28 April 2016 on the harmonisation of the 694-790 MHz frequency band for terrestrial systems capable of providing wireless broadband electronic communications services and for flexible national use in the Union (OJ L 118, 4.5.2016, pp. 4-15)

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/339 of 8 March 2016 on the harmonisation of the 2 010-2 025 MHz frequency band for portable or mobile wireless video links and cordless cameras used for programme making and special events (OJ L 63, 10.3.2016, pp. 5-8)

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/750 of 8 May 2015 on the harmonisation of the 1 452-1 492 MHz frequency band for terrestrial systems capable of providing electronic communications services in the Union (OJ L 119, 12.5.2015, pp. 27-31)

Successive amendments to Decision (EU) 2015/750 have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

Commission Implementing Decision 2014/641/EU of 1 September 2014 on harmonised technical conditions of radio spectrum use by wireless audio programme making and special events equipment in the Union (OJ L 263, 3.9.2014, pp. 29-34)

Commission Implementing Decision 2014/276/EU of 2 May 2014 on amending Decision 2008/411/EC on the harmonisation of the 3 400-3 800 MHz frequency band for terrestrial systems capable of providing electronic communications services in the Community (OJ L 139, 14.5.2014, pp. 18-25)

Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of the radio spectrum policy programme (COM(2014) 228 final, 22.4.2014)

Commission Implementing Decision 2013/752/EU of 11 December 2013 amending Decision 2006/771/EC on harmonisation of the radio spectrum for use by short-range devices and repealing Decision 2005/928/EC (OJ L 334, 13.12.2013, pp. 17-36)

Commission Implementing Decision 2013/654/EU of 12 November 2013 amending Decision 2008/294/EC to include additional access technologies and frequency bands for mobile communications services on aircraft (MCA services) (OJ L 303, 14.11.2013, pp. 48-51)

See consolidated version.

Commission Implementing Decision 2013/195/EU of 23 April 2013 defining the practical arrangements, uniform formats and a methodology in relation to the radio spectrum inventory established by Decision No 243/2012/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a multiannual radio spectrum policy programme (OJ L 113, 25.4.2013, pp. 18-21)

Commission Implementing Decision 2012/688/EU of 5 November 2012 on the harmonisation of the frequency bands 1 920-1 980 MHz and 2 110-2 170 MHz for terrestrial systems capable of providing electronic communications services in the Union (OJ L 307, 7.11.2012, pp. 84-88)

Commission Decision 2007/344/EC of 16 May 2007 on harmonised availability of information regarding spectrum use within the Community (OJ L 129, 17.5.2007, pp. 67-70)

last update 29.01.2020

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