European decision supports move to universal mobile charger

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMembers of the European Parliament (MEPs) have embraced an opportunity to mandate the use of universal charging solutions for mobile phones.

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.

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