Nordic and Baltic telecommunication authorities call on the Commission for labelling scheme on mobile receiver performance

24/05/2013

The Director Generals of the national regulation authorities (NRA) in the Nordic and Baltic countries have met in Lillesand, where the Norwegian authority is situated. The group has discussed several items, including rolling out of broadband, mobile coverage and safety and security. The eight countries are now calling on the Commission to improve the transparency on mobile receiver performance.

The Director Generals of the NRAs of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithunia, Norway and Sweden met in Lillesand, Norway, 21st and 22nd May.

Common tasks and experiences, in regulating the same players in the different countries were discussed, and reports on some tasks were presented.

Increased transparency wanted  

The Director Generals agree in addressing the European Commission on an important issue for the consumers both in the Nordic/Baltic countries, as in the rest of Europe: Experiences from all the countries are that smartphones vary a lot when it comes to receiver performance. The actual device or mobile phone used, has a great impact on reception quality at the users end.

Antennas are also a crucial part in any wireless communication device, and the design can be very complex in modern smart phones due to a number of limitations, one of them being space, the Directors stated.

Mobile phone reception performance can vary greatly from model to model, and depends as well on how the user holds the phone during operation. This variation is not satisfactory, as it is complicated for the consumer to get information about this prior to bying the device.

The Nordic and Baltic countries find it crucial with consumer transparency on the mobile phones receiver performance. Therefore, the group ask the Commission to establish a labelling scheme to improve transparency, like other areas (ie energy consumption).

A common EU labelling scheme for receiver performance of mobile phones would provide the necessary transparency for all users in the EU and make it a parameter for competition.

The regulatory authorities of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden therefore urge the Commission to take the necessary steps in order to create an EU labelling scheme for receiver performance in mobile phones, with the aim to create transparency for consumers.

Göran Marby, Director General PTS, comments:
- An EU labelling scheme regarding information about receiver performance would make it possible for consumers to make conscious choices based on their specific requirements.

 

For more information:
Pia Högset, Head of Section for Spectrum Development,
phone +46 736 40 58 04
or PTS Press Office, phone +46 8 678 55 55