"Accessing everything you need at [the] head office from a computer in the field is fast becoming vital to the efficiency of both private enterprise and public services. A policy blueprint to ensure that data can be accessed anytime, anywhere across the EU, and that the EU retains its lead in this area, is set out in Mobile broadband services, a Commission Communication issued today. The challenges ahead include ensuring that services can be supplied seamlessly to a variety of devices, making the technologies and networks that carry them interoperable, and providing adequate intellectual property protection for services with high value-added content. [In addition, these problems need to be solved:...]
- E-payments – prudential rules governing the use of 'e-money,' where relevant to mobile payments, need to be applied in a proportionate and risk-sensitive manner;
- Base stations and masts – action is required to address regulatory barriers to their establishment in some Member States;
- Spectrum policy - a co-ordinated European approach towards availability and flexible usage is needed."
[From an EU news release.]