The European Commission on Thursday told European Union countries that they need to take urgent action to allow the development of mobile satellite services.
Some 21 of the EU's 27 countries have so far failed to implement legislation leading to the pan-EU deployment of mobile satellite services (MSS) that could be used for high-speed Internet, mobile television, mobile radio or emergency communications.
The Commission, the European Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers agreed to create a single selection and authorisation process for MSS, and more than 20 months ago selected Inmarsat Ventures and Solaris Mobile as the two operators to provide such services. They were due to start offering mobile satellite services from this May, but many countries have yet to remove legal uncertainties, such as license fees.
The two operators concerned were also told to step up their efforts by Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes.