EU wants to open up 900 MHz beyond GSM

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GavelInteresting news coming straight out of Brussels today via Cellular-News. They’re reporting that the European Commission will has proposed abolishing a 1987 rule which limits the use of the low frequency/cost 900 MHz spectrum to GSM services. Since 1987, European Union rules have set aside the frequencies between 900 MHz and 1800 MHz exclusively for GSM phones, which helped the E.U. roll out mobile phone services cheaply and quickly.

If the commission is successful, telecoms will be able to use the cheaper spectrum for services like video, data streaming and broadband Internet, estimating that the move would cut the costs of maintaining wireless mobile networks by 40% for the industry.

Obviously no word yet on if those savings would be passed onto the consumer (unlikely), but BBCool will keep you informed. The commission expects the measure to be passed into law by the end of the year. What do you think, folks: good move or bad for our friends in Europe?