Representatives from Europe, the USA and Japan attended the International Round Table on Radio Diversity, held at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), to share the latest findings from private industry, national regulators, academia and research institutes. Mobikyo founders took part, along with other experts, to discuss Europe’s wireless communication schemes which are under increasing stress and fail to deliver the full competitive benefits that citizens expect from their radio regulators.
From the Press Release:
Europe faces unprecedented challenges, including a lack of wireless network and handset technology innovation, fragmented markets, weak competition, challenges from disruptive technologies, high mobile service costs and inflexible allocation mechanisms for current and new radio spectrum. Most significant innovations of the third generation mobile era have come from America and Asia.
“In some Asian markets, like Japan, it costs as little as 1 Euro cent to send a full mobile email, while in most European markets SMS messages can still cost upwards of 19 Euro cents” said conference chair Arnd Weber, a wireless policy researcher at the KIT’s Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, organiser of the Round Table.
While individual research findings varied widely, the Radio Diversity Round Table saw a consensus requirement for new forms of radio spectrum allocation, including pan-European licenses, cooperative use, open use and an increased obligation for incumbent licensees to make better use of spectrum. Efficiency gains could help foster low-cost mobile Internet services for citizens and businesses, while addressing the growth in energy consumption due to operating networks and providing services. Flexible allocation of radio spectrum for new wireless technologies was identified as a crucial factor to be addressed in order to enhance Europe’s global wireless competitiveness. This holds particularly true for use of licensed spectrum.
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