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The European Parliament has outlined plans for a common policy on how radio spectrum frequencies should be freed up and reallocated for 4G services.

Across the continent, countries are changing the use of certain frequencies - such as the 800MHz band currently used for analogue TV - to deliver next-generation mobile broadband.

And in order to harmonise this process, the parliament has officially adopted the five-year Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP).

Swedish MSP Gunnar Hökmark said the first EU policy on radio spectrum will enable the 27-nation bloc to regain world leadership in wireless communication.

"It will optimise the use of frequencies to the benefit of all users of smartphones and other mobile digital platforms. The Radio Spectrum Policy Programme is a crucial building block in creating a single digital European market."

Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission, claimed the RSPP will help reduce the digital divide, make Europe a connected and competitive continent and introduce more wireless broadband choices.

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