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The European Commission has outlined plans to better coordinate a key mobile spectrum.

According to the body, demand for wireless broadband is growing across the European Union, while mobile internet traffic will grow eight-fold over the next four years.

However, it is concerned that member states have their own approaches to managing radio frequencies, which it argues does not make economic sense.

As a result, the European Commission believes the use of the 700 MHz band for mobile services should be better coordinated, as part of a wider plan to create a Digital Single Market.

Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, said: "This band is the sweet spot for both wide coverage and high speeds. 

"It will give top-quality internet access to all Europeans, even in rural areas, and pave the way for 5G, the next generation of communication network."

The European Commission pointed out that radio frequencies do not respect national borders, which means spectrum must be coordinated at EU level to prevent systems experiencing interference.

Furthermore, it pointed out that a more organised and coherent approach would enable greater use of innovative services, such as remote health care and connected cars, across Europe.

Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, added that high quality mobile internet will not be available to everyone without modern infrastructure and modern rules.

He said this proposal "shows that we can have both", with a vibrant audiovisual sector co-existing with the spectrum that is needed for 5G.

Mr Oettinger went on to state that he wants Europe to become a world leader in the 5G market, which is why all member states need to take action by 2020.

Member states are therefore being asked to adopt and make public their strategy for network coverage and releasing the 700 MHz band by the end of June 2017.

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