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euro news_news 14/08/2015 09:23 Page 5 GSMA urges timely release of 700Mhz spectrum nne Bouverot, director general of the GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, has called on European regulators to give Member States the flexibility to keep pace with the changing needs of consumers by supporting a co-primary mobile broadcasting allocation in the UHF band. She made her comments in response to the release of the European Commission’s (EC) summary of the results of the Lamy Report public consultation. “Consumer take-up for mobile broadband has grown dramatically in recent years. Recent research predicts that mobile’s contribution to global data traffic will more than triple in the next five years,” noted Bouverot. “Ensuring networks can meet the increased demand for mobile broadband services requires policymakers to balance the spectrum requirements of multiple industries. The UHF band is a critical frequency range in the bid to provide consumers with good value, high-quality mobile broadband in urban and rural areas. As reflected in the divergent views in the High-Level Group discussion that took place last year, the future use of this band has been hotly debated by the mobile industry and the historic u ͕