Friday, February 18, 2011

ITU Urges Governments to Release Extra Spectrum for Mobile Broadband - US Allots $18.2B

ITU's Secretary-General Dr. Hamadoun Touré says that "Governments need to take urgent action now to support mobile broadband growth .. Mobile operators have been investing billions to upgrade and improve the capacity and performance of their networks, but in some high-usage cities, such as San Francisco, New York and London, we are still seeing users frustrated by chronic problems of network unavailability .. Robust National Broadband Plans that promote extra spectrum and the faster roll-out of the fibre networks which are essential to mobile backhaul are vital to support the growing number of data-intensive application".

See "Network congestion set to worsen ITU calls for international broadband commitment" - here.

See also: "US and UK Regulators to add Mobile Spectrum for Data" - here, "Obama details $18.2 billion wireless broadband plan" - here and the video below (Obama's advisor, Melody Barnes says: "we are building on top of what the private sector is doing and filling in the gaps that are missing".

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