Europe pushes 3G mobile service laws

The European Commission last week proposed new laws on electronic communications and radio spectrum policy to level the playing field for upcoming third-generation (3G) mobile service providers in the 15-member European Union. Eleven EU members so far have awarded licenses to operate the 3G mobile phones, which will start to replace the second generation of Global System for Mobile Communications phones in the next few months. The US government has recently begun the process to select and auction spectrum for 3G in conformity with international standards.

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