The European Commission has published the latest study on spectrum assignments that will support the EU’s work towards successful 5G deployment. The objective was to assess the specific elements, processes and conditions under which radio spectrum, in particular for 5G usage, should be authorised and assigned by Member States. It meanwhile analysed how timely access to spectrum can contribute to the general objectives set out by the EU regulatory framework (SMART 2016/0019).

For example, both regulators and mobile operators would generally prefer to continue adopting the current approach to spectrum authorisation and assignment while industrial sectors (so-called ‘verticals’) favourably consider any licensing approach as long as their quality of service requirements can be satisfied, and their long investment timescales can be supported. In general, there is a tendency for higher investment levels in countries that have awarded longer licences.

The findings of the Study will provide additional elements in the context of the ongoing negotiations with the European Parliament and the Council on the Commission Proposal for a “European Electronic Communications Code” (EECC). The Study will be further exploited in the context of the implementation of the Commission 5G Action Plan.

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