GSMA Praises France

Digital plan will boost France's competitiveness

October 24, 2008

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LONDON -- The GSMA, the global trade body for the mobile industry, called on governments across Europe to emulate the "Digital Plan" unveiled by the French Government. By allocating part of the digital dividend* spectrum to mobile broadband services, France is well-placed to improve its economic competitiveness by closing the digital divide between those with access to broadband and those without.

"The French government has acted decisively by allocating 72MHz of the spectrum freed up by the switchover to digital television to mobile broadband services, which will reach rural communities that can't be served economically by fixed-line broadband networks," said Tom Phillips, Chief Government & Regulatory Affairs Officer of the GSMA. "Radio signals in this spectrum band travel much further than signals in the higher bands, enabling future mobile broadband networks to reach as far as 2G networks do today. The rest of Europe should follow France's example as soon as possible."

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