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Europe's Digital Agenda Commissioner wants another 200MHz of spectrum to be freed up for mobile operators to provide wireless broadband coverage.

Speaking in Brussels at the Spectrum Management Conference, Neelie Kroes said Europe needs at least 1,200MHz of spectrum by 2015 in order to keep up with service demand, reports IDG News.

"We should start with the spectrum that is already harmonised - already that amounts to over 1000 MHz," she stated.

"I want that to be offered up through spectrum awards by next year, if it's not already done."

She claimed that spectrum could be made available by moving broadcasting from high-power networks to low-power Single Frequency Networks,

However, Ms Kroes acknowledged that such a development would require coordination at a European level, and also finance from the private sector.

She said that broadcasters alone could not be expected to pay for reallocating valuable spectrum.

"Mobile operators can hardly expect to get [these] amazing opportunities for free," the Commissioner noted.

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