21 countries in Europe have yet to implement measures to ensure that mobile satellite services will be usable across Europe by May 2011. The EU gave countries two years to sort out the regulation required to implement the technology which can be used for mobile broadband, mobile television and radio or emergency communications. Today Neelie Kroes, Vice President for the Digital Agenda at the European Commission, wrote to the 21 member states who are lagging on this issue to urge them to get things implemented.
"Member States should urgently take all measures necessary to allow the introduction of mobile satellite services throughout the EU. Mobile satellite services have an important role to play in providing innovative services to businesses and citizens across Europe, including in rural or remote areas, and in meeting our Digital Agenda targets of making broadband available to everyone in Europe."Neelie Kroes, (Vice President for Digital Agenda) European Commission
The UK is one of the countries that hasn't completed the process, but we have gone further than many of our neighbours. The main statutory instrument for this is in place but there are three other instruments required and details of fees are still not known. Two operators were chosen to run the service, Inmarsat Ventures Limited and Solaris Mobile Limited, and they have also been encouraged to step up their efforts. Current speeds offered by the companies for mobile satellite are sub 1Mbps, so the technology is unlikely to be that appealing to broadband consumers.