Wednesday, February 27, 2013

European mobile companies call for harmonized global spectrum

Franco Bernabe, chief executive of Telecom Italia, wants to see mobile phone carriers merge into one global wireless network. 

Telecom Italia's Franco Bernabe called on governments to harmonize wireless spectrum availability to make it easier for carriers to operate globally.
(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET) 

Bernabe notes how having so many competing electromagnetic frequencies that vary from country to country and carrier to carrier is hard on the mobile industry.  He believes that a harmonization of networks would increase "cost efficiencies" greatly. 

Every year at the Mobile World Congress, mobile operators have called for broader spectrum, less taxation, and less regulation.

The current 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) standard offers quick response and faster data-transfer speeds.  If mobile operators all over the world were to start investing in this type of spectrum, harmonization would be a more realistic goal.

Cooperation from other countries to make this transition will be quite difficult since they have already built these complicated networks.  In addition to that, finding proper funding is also an issue. 

China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua at Mobile World Congress 2013
China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua at Mobile World Congress 2013
(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET) 

Guohua calls it competing with an entire ecosystem, rather than a single company.  

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