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European Commission Adds Additional Spectrum For 4G

The European Commission (EC) has announced plans to add a further 120MHz of spectrum to 4G networks to help boost the rollout of the superfast connectivity.

Governments have been instructed to permit mobile operators to offer LTE services using the spectrum - currently reserved for Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) usage - by 30th June 2014 at the latest. The move is a significant boost for the EC to achieve its Digital Agenda broadband deadline of an estimated 30Mbit/s by 2020.

Vice President of the EC, Neelie Kroes, said: "This extra spectrum for 4G in Europe means we can better meet the changing and growing demand for broadband. I want to see Member States acting swiftly to change existing licenses.

"We all win from faster wireless connections in Europe."

The 'extra' spectrum comes from the 2GHz range, between 1920-1980MHz and 2110-2170MHz, and should the plans receive approval, the European Union will have up to twice the amount of 4G spectrum than the United States.

Following last week's launch of the UK's first ever 4G service, the move marks an incredible breakthrough for the high speed service. UK watchdog Ofcom said the move reflected its sentiments in increasing 4G UK networks.

"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," revealed a spokesperson.

"Before any changes are made in the UK, we will first need to consult with stakeholders."

With the amount of data used by Europeans expected to rise by around 26 per cent by 2015, this will no doubt prove a worthwhile investment in superfast mobile services and broadband connectivity.

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