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The Radio spectrum policy group

The Radio Spectrum Policy Group is a high-level advisory group assisting the Commission in the development of radio spectrum policy.

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The RSPG's role

The RSPG contributes to the development of a Radio Spectrum Policy in the EU taking into account not only technical parameters, but also economic, political, cultural, strategic, health and social considerations. The high-level advisory group also considers the various potentially conflicting needs of radio spectrum users with a view to ensuring that a fair, non-discriminatory and proportionate balance is achieved. The RSPG can also be requested by the European Parliament and/or the Council, in addition to the Commission, to issue an opinion or write a report on specific Radio Spectrum Policy issues relating to electronic communications.

The RSPG consults extensively on technological, market and regulatory developments in the context of EU policies, transport and research, and development. RSPG consultations are addressed to both commercial and non-commercial radio spectrum users, as well as interested parties.

The RSPG adopts opinions, which are meant to assist and advise the Commission on Radio Spectrum Policy issues, on coordination of policy approaches and, where appropriate, on harmonised conditions with regard to the availability and efficient use of radio spectrum necessary for the establishment and functioning of the internal market.

Members of the advisory group

The Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) was established following the adoption of the Radio Spectrum Decision. The members of the Group are representatives of the Member States and of the Commission. In addition, representatives of the EEA countries, the candidate countries, the European Parliament, the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) and the European Telecommunications Standardisation Institute (ETSI) attend as observers.


Commission makes more spectrum available for better and faster Wi-Fi

Today, the Commission adopted a Decision harmonising the use of the 6 GHz band for wireless networks across the EU, which will support a growing number of devices, online applications and innovative services that require larger bandwidth and faster speeds. Thanks to this, citizens and businesses will be able to enjoy better, faster and more stable Wi-Fi connections across the EU, including for video conferencing, streaming and sharing content, telemedicine or when using augmented reality technologies.

The Commission harmonises radio spectrum in support of the Internet of Things

The Commission has adopted an Implementing Decision to harmonise radio spectrum for short-range devices within the 874-876 and 915-921 MHz frequency bands. It will facilitate a variety of applications in support of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).

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