EU calls on Ireland to improve satellite broadband
18 February 2011 | 0
Ireland is among 21 EU member states urged to rapidly introduce legislative measures necessary for the pan-EU deployment of mobile satellite services (MSS). These services can be used for high speed Internet, mobile television and radio or emergency communications.
According to a timetable agreed by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers in 2008, MMS should be introduced in all Member States by May 2011 at the latest.
On 13 May 2009, Inmarsat Ventures Limited and Solaris Mobile Limited were selected by the Commission to provide pan-EU mobile satellite services. Ireland is one of 21 member states who have not yet adopted all of the national rules needed to facilitate MSS deployment.
Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, said: “Member States should urgently take all measures necessary to allow the introduction of mobile satellite services throughout the EU. Mobile satellite services have an important role to play in providing innovative services to businesses and citizens across Europe, including in rural or remote areas, and in meeting our Digital Agenda targets of making broadband available to everyone in Europe.”
The member states contacted are Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom.