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Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the selection and authorisation of systems providing mobile satellite services (MSS), COM(2007) 480 final

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Abstract

The EU regulatory framework for electronic communications aims at promoting competition, inter alia by encouraging efficient use and ensuring effective management of radio frequencies and numbering resources, as well as developing the internal market, inter alia by removing the remaining obstacles to the provision of the relevant networks and services, ensuring that there is no discrimination in similar circumstances and encouraging the establishment and development of trans-European networks and the interoperability of pan-European services (Article 8 of the Framework Directive 2002/21/EC).
Satellite communications, by their very nature, cross national borders and are thus susceptible to international or regional rather than purely national regulation. Existing regulations of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) provide for procedures for satellite radio frequency coordination as a tool for management of harmful interference, but do not extend to selection or authorisation. Moreover, under the EU regulatory framework for electronic communications, the selection of satellite operators is made at national level. However, diverging selection and authorization solutions adopted in different Member States would negate the benefits of pan-European coverage for mobile satellite systems and would make the use of the available radio spectrum ineffective, considering in particular the natural capability of satellite communications systems to cover large parts of Europe and the EU Member States at the same time, and given the relatively limited amount of radio spectrum made available for such communications.
This proposal therefore lays down Community procedures for the common selection at Community level of mobile satellite system operators as well as provisions for the coordinated authorisation by national authorities of the selected operators to use radio spectrum for the operation of such systems in the Community.

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Record Number: 8709 / Last updated on: 2007-10-04
Category: COM DOCUMENT