With wireless data traffic exploding the demand on the already crowded radio spectrum will dramatically increase in the coming years. The European Commission (EC) announced this week it will take steps to free up radio frequencies for emerging technologies. The EC sees low access barriers to the spectrum as the breeding ground for wireless innovation but it fears that overcrowding it may grind innovation to a hold. To address the problem the EC proposes to share radio spectrum.
In its Radio Spectrum Policy Program the EC proposes different modes of spectrum sharing which are explained in more detail in a report by the Radio Spectrum Policy Group, an advisory group assisting the EC.