The Mobile Terminals working group focuses on regulatory and industry cooperation issues related to mobile terminals (e.g. mobile and smartphones) both at international and European level. The group cooperates with other DIGITALEUROPE working groups and organisations with a view to removing trade or market access barriers. The group also liaises with other relevant stakeholders, such as operators and the mobile service industry on issues of common interest. Finally, the group participates in discussions on accessibility and cooperates with the Mobile Manufacturing Forum (MMF) and other DIGITALEUROPE working groups.
In June 2009, DIGITALEUROPE facilitated a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by fourteen companies to develop common charging capabilities for “data enabled” mobile phones (smartphones). In the years afterwards leading mobile manufacturers then implemented the MoU based on the USB Micro-B interface and a related set of international standards. This agreement has provided the basis for common and interoperable charging solutions improving greatly consumer convenience. However, with the fast-paced technological innovation in mobile device development, it has become necessary to work towards a new voluntary industry-commitment that provides the adequate basis for maintaining the high level of interoperability for future charging solutions. In this way, tomorrow's consumers can be confident of a sustainable harmonised market of mobile phone chargers for years to come.
There is an increasing number of countries that are adopting eLabelling solutions for IT products using displays as an alternative to physical compliance marking on the product (e.g. the CE mark in the EU). These include markets such as the US, Canada, South Africa, Mexico and Australia, while others will follow soon. There is a danger of the EU lagging behind these developments. DIGITALEUROPE believes that eLabelling for products with integral displays should be implemented without further delays and can be easily achieved within the existing legislative framework. The system could be based on eLabelling solutions that would provide manufacturers with the option of displaying the conformity marking of a given product on its integral display or alternatively to continue with the established ways of physical labelling.
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