UK Spectrum Policy Forum's informal input to Government on the spectrum aspects of the EU Telecoms Framework Review
The Spectrum Policy Forum Cluster 4, chaired by Simon Pike, held a meeting on 9th June to explore the perspectives of UK stakeholders on the spectrum aspects of the review, and to provide informal input to Government. The meeting was attended by Rick Holyomes and Nick Munn of DCMS. They described the background to the review and its current status, and the listened to the views of UK stakeholders and the discussions that followed.
This meeting builds on one held in November 2015, which had the objective of developing a UK stakeholder response to the spectrum aspects of a consultation by the Commission; this was incorporated into a response submitted by techUK.
A range of spectrum stakeholders gave an overview of their views on the EU Telecoms Framework, which were followed by questions and discussions. The range of UK perspectives was similar to the Commission summary of the responses to the consultation[i], but there were a number of areas of broad agreement:
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[i] Summary report on the public consultation on the evaluation and the review of the regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services:
"On spectrum, the importance of wireless connectivity and wireless broadband are acknowledged. In general, industry is supportive of a more co-ordinated approach and seeks additional certainty for investments and possibilities to develop throughout the EU new wireless and mobile communications including 5G.
Member States' authorities generally underline the achievements in the field of technical harmonisation, and the need for additional coordination to be bottom-up and voluntary; some of them call for a better balance between harmonisation and flexibility. There is general recognition of the importance of a more flexible access and use of spectrum in the future."
Further information about Cluster 4 and the work of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is available.
techUK has seperately identified 7 key recommendations to help achieve informed debate and policy-making on the regulatory framework as the Commission’s legislative proposals are developed. techUK's full response to the public consultation can be found here.
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