05 Aug 2013

European Commission to Broaden Wi-Fi Spectrum

As 71 percent of the entire wireless traffic in Europe takes place over Wi-Fi, Europeans must pay greater attention when they connect to the Wi-Fi and make sure their experience doesn’t involve malware, data sniffing, identity theft and other foul play.

The European Commission is looking into broadening the Wi-Fi spectrum, estimating that by 2016 it will increase to 78 percent of mobile data, The Next Webreports.

“Wi-Fi is a huge success. It’s a win for everybody involved. I will make sure the European Commission helps to spread use of Wi-Fi through extra spectrum and lighter regulation,” said Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission.

“Systems where you share your Wi-Fi network with others are a great example of how we can crowd-source a better internet for everyone. Everyone in Europe should be able to benefit from internet when they are away from home and work,” Kroes added.

The measures propose:

- to make spectrum from 5150 MHz to 5925 MHz available globally for Wi-Fi

- to continue making the 2.6 GHz and the 3.5 GHz bands fully available for mobile use and to consult on future licensing options for 3.5 GHz and other potential new licensed mobile frequency bands

- to reduce the administrative burden on the deployment of off-load services and networks in public locations.

While wireless connections help users get by their business at home, at the office, at the coffee shop or in the airport, surfing the Internet through Wi-Fi hotspots is risky. Users can lose sensitive information easily if they don’t respect some simple guidelines.

Accessing only encrypted websites on public hotspots, not checking account balance sheets, password-protecting data stored on the mobile devices and always having the firewall activated can make the difference between a positive web experience and a disaster. For more security tips, check our HOTforSecurity website.