European decision supports move to universal mobile charger
An amendment to the Radio Equipment Directive of the European Parliament will require radio equipment – and in particular, mobile phones – to be compatible with a universal charger. The decision builds on the European Commission’s 2009 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with fourteen major device manufacturers which sealed a commitment to common standards for smartphones.
Now, with a short window of opportunity to revise the amendment, ITU is issuing a call to include specific reference to ITU’s global Universal Charging Solution (UCS), embodied in Recommendation ITU-T L.1000. The standard is approved by 193 Member States and around 700 private-sector companies, and has already been widely adopted by many device manufacturers and supported by service providers around the world.