11/3/2009 11:07:00 AM
Mobile industry launches European Mobile Manifesto
The GSMA has launched a European Mobile Manifesto to set out how the industry will help to boost the European economy by creating better access to mobile broadband.
The body, which represents the interests of mobile companies, is calling on the European Commission to release more spectrum to allow operators to offer a greater range of services.
The European economy could get a boost of up to €750bn (£674bn) by 2015 if the EU helps mobile phone operators expand their technology, the industry body said.
The mobile industry said it will work more closely with governments, education and health authorities and technology manufacturers and is calling on the EU to provide a number of measures to support the initiative.
The manifesto is supported by 10 operators including Vodafone, Telecom Italia, T-Mobile, Orange and O2 parent Telefonica.
The GSMA also wants the European Commission to set targets for getting government services online across member states and ensure all eGovernment services are mobile enabled, as well as getting health and education services online.