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ALL FOR BROADBAND Conference Budapest 3 march 2011 ComReg Ierland

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  • 1. Radio spectrum policy programme for economic growth and social inclusion Mike Byrne Chair – RSPG (2011) Commissioner – ComReg, Ireland “All for Broadband – Broadband for All” Nmhh Conference, Budapest, 3rd March 2011 -1-
  • 2. 2 Agenda1. Introduction to the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG)2. Spectrum use – best practices3. RSPG and the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP)4. RSPG’s Work Programme 20115. Conclusions -2-
  • 3. Introduction to the RSPG• High-level advisory group to EC • Assists in the development of radio spectrum policy • Representatives of Member States (NRAs & Ministries); EC; plus Observers)• Provides policy advice on: • Use and availability of the radio spectrum • Harmonisation and allocation of spectrum -3-
  • 4. Previous RSPG work• RSPG has provided strategic advice and adopted Opinions • Secondary trading (2004) • Digital switchover (2004) • WAPECS (2005) • Digital dividend (2007, 2009, 2010) • Collective use of spectrum (2008) • Opinion on spectrum issues concerning outer EU borders (2008) • and other key areas…• These and other Opinions & Reports helped to inform the RSPG’s Opinion on the RSPP -4-
  • 5. Use of spectrum - best practices• Enhanced cooperation and coordination across EU • Increased economies of scope and scale – development of internal market• Adopt principles of service and technology neutrality • Supports innovation• Allow for the development of market mechanisms • For example spectrum trading• Lower access barriers to spectrum • Increased competition – facilitate ubiquitous broadband delivery• Create links between spectrum policies and other sectoral policies • Facilitate the development of supportive spectrum policies -5-
  • 6. 6 The RSPG and the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP) Contribution of Spectrum to the EU2020 vision  Enhance the quality of life of EU citizens – broadband for all  Lower access barriers to spectrum – strengthen the internal market  Establish strong links between spectrum policy and other EU sectoral objectives  Bridging the digital divide – key role for the digital dividend Spectrum governance in the EU  Enhanced cooperation – all stakeholders to be involved – greater transparency  Balance between flexibility and harmonisation  Improve interference management External relations  European priorities for World Radiocommunication Conferences  Promotion of European spectrum interests at global level  Political assistance from EC in bilateral negotiations with non-EU countries -6-
  • 7. RSPG Work Programme 2011*1. Review of Spectrum Use – “Spectrum Inventory”2. Collective Use of Spectrum (Cognitive Radio; use of “White Spaces”)3. Improving Broadband Coverage – role of Spectrum4. Joint RSPG/BEREC work programme: Economic & Social value of Spectrum5. International Co-ordination of Spectrum Use* Adopted unanimously at RSPG Plenary #24 -7-
  • 8. Conclusions Radio Spectrum has a very significant Policy enabling role Ensuring the best use of Radio Spectrum can stimulate economic growth and provide for digital and social inclusion: key components for the future competitiveness of the EU As outlined in its work programme (2011) - RSPG is conscious of its role to ensure that Radio Spectrum policy is flexible enough to allow for future developments and can contribute to the implementation of the Digital Agenda Exchanging experiences on best practices between NRAs and MS is essential to maximising effective and efficient use of this very valuable, natural and national resource for the benefit of ALL EU citizens -8-
  • 9. 9 Thank You! Further Informationmike.byrne@comreg.ie -9-