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Wireless devices to work Europe-wide

EC plans to harmonise frequency bands

The European Commission is harmonising radio frequency bands across the European Union in order to spur use of a wide range of wireless devices such as wireless computer keyboards, headphones and garage door openers.

It’s hoped the plan will enable anyone in Europe to use the same short-range wireless product anywhere in the EU, while manufacturers would only need to make one product for the whole internal market. The Commission also hopes the move will decrease the price of wireless devices.

A parallel move aims to harmonise frequencies for RFID (radio frequency identification) devices too. These electronic tags are increasingly used in businesses such as retail and logistics, tracking of goods and persons, security and alarm systems.

"From garage door openers to baby monitors, alarms and wireless medical implants, short-range devices affect us all, from the very young to the very old," said Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for the information society.

"That's why these Commission decisions will help create a single market for wireless devices, stimulate their uptake, boost industry in this vital sector and provide benefits to all Europeans."

The two decisions on harmonization of the radio spectrum use by short-range devices and for RFID devices in the ultra high frequency (UHF) band can be found here.

A study on legal, economic and technical aspects of 'collective use' of spectrum in the European Community (2006) can be found here.

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