Compromise on eu satellite mobile radio services

The European Parliament agreed on Wednesday a compromise negotiated with the Council to select and approve satellite mobile radio systems

Satellite mobile radio services enables communication between space stations (satellites) and mobile earthfurners – either directly or over-touched ground stations on fixed locations. The International Telecommunications Union – ITU (ITU) has assigned the 2 GHz area of use by satellite mobile radio systems. Radio frequencies in the range of 1980 to 2010 MHz are used for communication from Earth in space and radio frequencies in the range of 2170 to 2200 MHz for communication from space to Earth.

According to a Commission decision of February 2007, Member States shall give up their right to allotize radio frequencies as the ownership of the radio spectrum and provide this frequency bander for a common European-proceedings. In the new legal text, Community procedures for selecting satellite mobile radio operators as well as to grant authorizations by Member States. This is intended to promote the development of a competitive internal market for satellite mobile operations and access, speed and quality of electronic communications services – such as broadband internet or mobile television – in all Member States and, above all, in rural areas.

The compromise text takes up the proposal of the Committee of Industry of the European Parliament, not more than 15 MHz for Earth Space and Space Earth Communication per provider to be awarded. Each satellite mobile radio system must cover at least 60 percent of the EU’s total area in commissioning, it is called in the new legal text. At the latest seven years of whose satellite mobile services must then be offered in all Member States for at least 50 percent of the population and at least 60 percent of the total area of each Member State reach.

If demand exceeds the number of radio frequencies, the European Commission will select operators. The text now adopted a recommendation of the industrial committee to define and weight these selection criteria. This is how the focus will be at the selection with 40 percent weighting on the Europe-wide geographic cover. Three other criteria will be 20 percent each and cover the achievements "Advantages for consumers and competition", efficient frequency use and "Further political goals". Examples of this will refer the provision of public service benefits that contribute to the protection of health and safety of the general public or particular population groups.

The European Economic and Social Committee had pointed out again in an opinion, "that in this important area the European satellite navigation programs Galileo and EGNOS already have fun for a spatement of the original schedule for five years, and have to fight with numerous difficulties, which is now the European Commission Required is to find a way out of the current dead end ". The achievement of the Galileo satellite navigation system is "crucial for the implementation of a variety of Community statements in such different areas such as traffic management, danger goods transport, emergency services, maritime transport and inland waterway, aviation, civil protection and humanitarian tasks, agriculture, fisheries and environmental monitoring, defense and internal security as well Securing financial and banks ".

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