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ECC monthly news summary for September 2013

This summary provides a round up of the main outcomes of ECC Working Group and Project Team meetings which have taken place in September 2013.

Included this month:

2-3 September: FM48 studies regulatory issues related to BDA2GC
3-5 September: CPG-PTA develops CEPT positions for WRC-15 items in its scope
4-5 September: FM 53 completes draft ECC Report on regulatory framework for Licensed Shared Access
4-5 September: FM51 completes a draft new ECC Report on the use and the requirements for PMSE
9-13 September: ECC-PT1 finalises work on MFCN at 3.5 GHz and provides interim results for MFCN at 700 MHz
9-13 September: CPG-PTD develops further CEPT positions on WRC-15 agenda items related to the mobile service
10-11 September: PT TRIS discusses QoS for retail internet access services
10-13 September: FM22 agrees on Recommendations on BEM compliance measurements and on protection of monitoring stations
12 September: PT ES is working on a draft ECC report on accuracy and reliability of caller location information
16-17 September: EFIS/MG reviewed the terminology used in EFIS and discussed spectrum inventory questionnaire
16-20 September: WG SE approves various ECC Reports on compatibility studies
17-18 September: FM49 progresses on conditions and bands for BB PPDR
23-26 September: CPG endorsed CEPT draft positions to WRC-15 and agreed proposals to ITU-R

 

02-03 September 2013 – The Frequency Management Project Team FM48 on spectrum issues concerning Broadband Direct-Air-to-Ground Communications (BDA2GC) met in Mainz, Germany

FM48 has further developed its working document towards a draft ECC Report on Broadband Direct-Air-to-Ground Communications (BDA2GC). Progress has been made on the assessment of the candidate bands currently under consideration (1900-1920/2010-2025 MHz and 5855-5875 MHz) and on the regulatory considerations, taking into account the responses provided by 32 CEPT administrations to the Questionnaire issued in May 2013 on authorisation issues for Broadband DA2GC. The target is to finalise the draft ECC Report for the WG FM meeting in February 2014.

Details on these activities are available on the FM48 webpage.

03-05 September 2013 – The Conference Preparatory Group Project Team A, (which is preparing for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) focussing mainly on general regulatory issues and on items related to science services) had a meeting in Budapest, Hungary

CPG PTA made good progress on the development of the CEPT briefs for the agenda items under its responsibility. PTA also elaborated on a first draft ECP (European Common Proposal) on WRC-15 agenda item 9.1.6 proposing to keep unchanged the definitions related to the fixed and mobile services in the Radio Regulations. The revised CEPT briefs and the first draft ECP will be submitted to the third CPG-15 meeting in September for consideration.

Further details are available on the CPG PTA webpage. Please check the CPG page for additional information about the CEPT preparation for WRC-15 (including latest versions of draft ECPs and CEPT Briefs).

04-05 September 2013 – The Frequency Management Project Team FM53, dealing with Reconfigurable Radio Systems (RRS) and Licensed Shared Access (LSA), met in Helsinki, Finland

FM 53 has finalised its draft ECC Report on Licensed Shared Access (LSA) Regulatory Framework for submission to WG FM for approval for public consultation. The Report describes LSA as a complementary tool for spectrum management and as a complementary solution for accessing spectrum for MFCN (mobile/fixed communication networks). It also contains information on the technical and harmonisation measures for the implementation of LSA.

Further information is available on the FM53 webpage.

04-05 September 2013 – The Frequency Management Project Team FM51, dealing with spectrum for programme making and special events applications (PMSE), met in Copenhagen

FM51 finalised the development of the new draft ECC Report 204 on the use and the requirements for Programme Making and Special Events (PMSE). The main body of this Report attempts to provide information which relates to the whole PMSE sector and especially exceptional events. Specific annexes address different PMSE sectors, i.e. Audio PMSE, Video PMSE and Service Links. The Report has been submitted to WG FM for approval for public consultation.

FM51 has also completed its work in response to the EC Mandate on PMSE by finalising the addendum to CEPT Report 50 on the usability of the bands 821-832 MHz and 1785-1805 MHz for wireless microphones and audio PMSE and addressing the comments received during the public consultation on the draft CEPT Report 51 on the technical conditions for ensuring the sustainable operation of cordless video-cameras in the EU.

Both Reports will be considered at the next WG FM meeting for endorsement and submission to the ECC.

Details on these items and on the other activities are available on the FM51 webpage.

9-13 September 2013 – The ECC Project Team PT1 on IMT and other communications networks in the mobile and fixed service met in Ljubljana, Slovenia

The draft ECC Report 203 on Block Edge Masks (BEM) in the 3.5 GHz band and the draft CEPT Report 049 in response to the EC Mandate on the 3.5 GHz band have been reviewed based on the results of the public consultation. ECC PT1 has prepared two versions of the amended ECC Decision (11)06 on channelling arrangements for the 3.5 GHz band (one with preferred TDD arrangement, and the other one with equal footing of TDD and FDD arrangements) for ECC consideration.

The Interim report in response to the EC Mandate on 700 MHz was agreed and will be sent to the ECC plenary for approval. It reflects in particular the PT1 activities in reducing the number of options for the 700 MHz band channelling arrangement.

The meeting has also completed the revision of ECC/DEC/(06)07 on Mobile Communications on-board aircraft by adding LTE (Long Term Evolution) and UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications Systems) to the scope of the Decision. The results of the public consultation of the amended draft ERC/DEC/(98)22 on DECT have also been reviewed and the document has been submitted to the ECC for final approval for publication.

More details are available on the ECC/PT1 webpage.

9-13 September 2013 – The Conference Preparatory Group Project Team D, (which is preparing for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) on WRC-15 agenda items 1.1 and 1.2) had a meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia

 
The meeting made good progress by further developing the draft CEPT Briefs on Agenda Items 1.1 (additional spectrum for the mobile service and IMT) and 1.2 (use of the frequency band 694-790 MHz by the mobile service) of WRC-15.

  • For AI 1.1, preliminary CEPT views on most individual candidate bands have been further developed. Particular attention was given to the coexistence studies in the ’L-band’ (1375-1400 MHz/1427-1492 MHz) and at 5 GHz (between WAS/RLAN operating in the bands 5350-5470 and 5725-5925 MHz and other primary radio services in these bands). CPG PTD has agreed that the following bands should no longer be considered as candidate IMT bands under AI 1.1 of WRC-15: 1695-1710 MHz, 2025-2110 MHz, 2200-2290 MHz, 2900-3100 MHz and 3300-3400 MHz bands.
  • For AI 1.2, the IMT input parameters for coexistence studies between the mobile service in the band 694-790 MHz and the broadcasting service below 694 MHz have been agreed and good progress has been made on the methodology.

The meeting has also produced two input contributions to ITU-R JTG 4-5-6-7 in order to reflect the European views in the ITU preparatory work.

Further details are available on the CPG PTD webpage. Please check the CPG page for additional information about CEPT preparations for WRC-15 (including latest versions of draft CEPT Briefs).

10-11 September 2013 – The Numbering and Networks Project Team TRIS, responsible for technical and regulatory issues, met in Lisbon, Portugal

PT TRIS discussed the follow up of the recently published ECC Report 195 on quality of service parameters and measurement methods for retail internet access services. A proposal to develop an ECC Recommendation on the topic will be presented to the next WG NaN in October where the NaN will decide on whether or not to proceed.

PT TRIS is also working further on a draft ECC Report on Infrastructure mapping.

Please check the PT TRIS webpage for further information on the activities of the Project Team.

10-13 September 2013 – The Frequency Management Project Team FM22, responsible for monitoring and enforcement, met in Copenhagen

FM22 resolved a number of issues arising from comments received during the public consultation for the new annex 3 of ECC Recommendation (11)06 on BEM compliance measurements for LTE800 base station equipment. The revised ECC Recommendation (11)06 will now be submitted to WG FM for final approval for publication. FM22 also agreed a new ECC Recommendation on the protection of monitoring stations from strong signals for submission to WG FM for approval for public consultation.

The results of two measurements campaigns on the maritime distress frequencies 6 215 kHz and 6 312 kHz and on the fixed, mobile and radiolocation usage in 5250-5450 kHz were also agreed.

In addition, FM 22 prepared a draft programme for a CEPT workshop (planned for the 15 January 2014, in Mainz, Germany) on spectrum occupancy measurements and how they can help spectrum management.

Details on these items and on the other activities are available on the FM22 webpage.

12 September 2013 – The Numbering and Networks Project Team ES, responsible for emergency services, had its second meeting in Lisbon, Portugal

PT ES agreed on the framework for the further development of a draft ECC report on accuracy and reliability of caller location information. A draft questionnaire has been prepared to gather the data required to inform the Report.

Further details are available on the PT ES webpage.

16-17 September 2013 – The ECO Frequency Information System Management Group (EFIS/MG) met in Tallinn, Estonia

EFIS/MG reviewed the application terminology used in EFIS and developed a draft revision of Annex 2 of ECC Decision(01)03. This will be submitted to the next WG FM for approval for administration consultation.

EFIS/MG agreed to propose to WG FM a new work item on the possibility of launching an  electronic questionnaire focusing on spectrum inventory information for the 400 MHz PMR/PAMR frequencies. Such a questionnaire could provide a good example of how the electronic questionnaire concept, as set out in CEPT Report 46, could be used successfully.

Further details are available on the EFIS/MG webpage.

16-20 September 2013 – The Working Group Spectrum Engineering (WG SE) had its 65th meeting in Moscow

WG SE considered a large number of different sharing and compatibility studies developed by its Project Teams and approved the following deliverables:


For publication on the ECO document database:

  1. ECC Report 191: Adjacentband compatibility between Mobile/Fixed Communication Networks (MFCN) and PMSE (audio applications) in the 1800 MHz
  2. ECC Report 200: Co-existence studies for proposed SRD and RFID applications in the frequency bands 870-876 MHz/915-921 MHz
  3. ECC Report 201: Compatibility study between MBANS (medical body area network systems) operating in the 2400–2483.5 and 2483.5–2500 MHz and other systems..
  4. ECC Report 202: Out-of-Band emission limits for MFCN Supplemental Downlink (SDL) operating in the 1452–1492 MHz band

 

For public consultation:

  1. Draft ECC Recommendation (14)01: Radio frequency channel arrangements for fixed service systems operating in the band 92–95 GHz.
  2. Draft ECC Report 206: Compatibility studies in the band 5725–5875MHz between SRD equipment for wireless industrial applications and other systems
  3. Draft ECC Report 207: Adjacent band co-existence of SRDs in the band 863–870 MHz in light of the LTE usage below 862 MHz
  4. Draft ECC Report 208: Impact of RFID devices on radio services in the band 13.56 MHz
  5. Draft ECC Report 209: Compatibility/sharing studies related to Broadband Direct-Air-to-Ground Communications (DA2GC) in the frequency bands 1900–1920 MHz/2010– 2025 MHz and services/applications in the adjacent bands
  6. Draft ECC Report 210: Compatibility/sharing studies related to DA2GC in the frequency band 5855–5875 MHz
  7. Draft ECC Report 211: Technical assessment of the possible use of asymmetric point-to-point links

 

WG SE also approved seven new work items for inclusion in its work programme.

Details on these items and on the other activities are available on the WG SE webpage.

17-18 September 2013 – The Frequency Management Project Team FM49, dealing with spectrum for Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) applications, met in Copenhagen

FM49 continued its work on the elements of the draft ECC Report on ‘Harmonised conditions and spectrum bands for the implementation of future European broadband PPDR systems’; in particular it focused on possible solutions for Direct Mode Operation (DMO), AGA (Air-Ground-Air) and ad-hoc networks.

The group has also developed material with the PPDR parameters needed for the coexistence studies between mobile and broadcasting in the 700 MHz, in support of ECC PT1 work in response to the EC Mandate on the 700 MHz.

Further information is available on the FM49 webpage

23-26 September 2013 – The Conference Preparatory Group (CPG), lead group for the CEPT preparation for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15), had its third meeting in Zagreb, Croatia

CPG considered the results of its four Project Teams dealing with preparations for WRC-15 and reviewed the draft CEPT briefs under development for each WRC-15 agenda item and the first draft ECPs (European Common Proposal) available for a few items. The agreed draft briefs and ECPs will form the basis of further CEPT activities in preparation for WRC-15.

CPG agreed a CEPT contribution for the ITU-R Working Party 4A under WRC-15 Agenda Item 7 which contains proposals to clarify the actions of the Radiocommunication Bureau after receiving information from the administration on bringing into use and suspension of frequency assignments of satellite networks.

It also agreed a CEPT contribution for the ITU-R JTG 4-5-6-7 on WRC-15 Agenda Item 1.1, proposing an initial set of potential candidate bands for further consideration: 1427-1452 MHz, 1452-1492 MHz, 3400-3600 MHz and 3600-3800 MHz.

In addition, the CPG appointed Mr Tony Azzarelli (UK) as new chairman for the CPG Project Team A and updated the list of CEPT coordinators for all of the WRC-15 agenda items.

Please check the CPG page for additional information about the CEPT preparation for WRC-15 (including latest versions of draft ECPs and CEPT Briefs).

Updated: 21 September 2022, 10:05
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