Spectrum trading debate comes to Europe

9 Aug 2004

The right to buy and sell the airwaves used for radio, mobile, television and Wi-Fi is expected to come under scrutiny by the EU in coming weeks, with a view to bringing the UK and the rest of Europe in line with the likes of Australia and the US. Trading, it is argued, will allow more efficient use of spectrum, with owners being able to offload surplus capacity. It would also reallocate use away from low-priority applications with excess shares (such as 3G) towards other services short of frequencies.

United Kingdom