U.N. telecom agency wants more mobile broadband

The United Nation's agency for telecom issues, the International Telecommunications Union, wants more of the airwaves to be available for wireless Internet use. 

ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Touré said in a statement Friday: "Robust National Broadband Plans that promote extra spectrum and the faster roll-out of the fibre networks which are essential to mobile backhaul are vital to support the growing number of data-intensive applications."

"Mobile operators have been investing billions to upgrade and improve the capacity and performance of their networks ... but in some high-usage cities, such as San Francisco, New York and London, we are still seeing users frustrated by chronic problems of network unavailability."

The remarks come a day after President Obama announced an administration initiative to free up spectrum and commit $18 billion to wireless broadband in the United States.