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Press release: Smart spectrum strategy needed for further telecoms growth

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Today, Minister of State for Infocommunications Zsolt Nyitrai, representing the Hungarian EU Presidency, Neelie Kroes, EU Commission Vice-President responsible for the Digital Agenda, and Gunnar Hökmark, the European Parliament’s chief rapporteur for spectrum met in Budapest to discuss the EU’s most immediate legislative dossier in telecoms, the proposed Radio Spectrum Policy Programme.

The participants agreed that more spectrum should be made available to foster a rapid increase in broadband deployment, particularly in remote areas, and that a smart and coordinated approach to the use of spectrum across the EU was essential.

Europe must be ambitious and create the right framework for a sustainable growth of wireless communication services. Global leadership in the digital economy is crucial for prosperity and competitiveness of the European Union and my vision is that spectrum will act as a spearhead for achieving a competitive Single Market. In my role as the European Parliament’s rapporteur, I will work to ensure that Europe has the highest capacity and internet speeds to stimulate new services, innovation and economic growth” – Hökmark stressed.

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