Brussels threatens to take governments to court to create single mobile market | Business | guardian.co.uk: ""Europe used to lead the world in wireless," said Kroes. "Yet now we are falling behind, overtaken to the east and the west. We urgently need to catch up. To reclaim a strong wireless industry. To cement a strong economy." The arrival of 4G superfast mobile internet in Europe has been slow and badly co-ordinated. South Korea has more 4G subscribers than the entirety of Europe, and 17 EU member states have yet to install the technology. "We are shooting ourselves in the foot", said Kroes. She criticised the messy way in which different countries have allocated different bands to mobile, saying Europe's spectrum map looked like a "bowl of spaghetti".
The commission is about to initiate what are known as 'infringement proceedings' against states that are resisting airwave sales. Letters will go out to ministers and regulators in the next few weeks which could lead ultimately to the European court of justice imposing fines. Kroes will flesh out how a single market would operate in a Wireless Action Plan to be published on 27 March." 'via Blog this'