ECC agreed on technical conditions for 5G implementation

16 Jul 2018, 15:25

ECC agreed on technical conditions for 5G implementation

Monday, July 16, 2018: The Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) has reached a significant breakthrough in spectrum for 5G. It has adopted a set of deliverables, which are shaping the harmonisation of the frequency bands 3400-3800 MHz and 26 GHz for 5G.

This significant achievement is paving the way for 5G implementation in these two frequency bands for the 48 administrations that are part of CEPT (the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations). They include the EU member states.

This essential step in 5G development in Europe was reached at the ECC’s 48th Plenary meeting, which took place in Rome, Italy, from 2 July to 6 July 2018. It follows months of extensive studies and public consultation.

With this latest achievement, ECC has yet again demonstrated its indispensable role in European spectrum management. It provided a unique forum to all concerned stakeholders to submit proposals, express their views and finally to reach compromise on the technical challenges brought by the future coexistence between 5G systems and the current users of the spectrum within and adjacent to the 3.5 and 26 GHz bands.

The resulting new regulatory framework means that adequate spectrum will be made available in a timely fashion, as technologies improve, to deal with 5G. In addition, the implementation of appropriate technical and regulatory ´provisions means that the interests of other spectrum users (satellite communications, Earth observation, military usage) are safeguarded.

Eric Fournier, Chairman of the ECC, said: “CEPT administrations have agreed, collectively, the balance between the requirement for use and protection of various spectrum applications and have paved the way for the introduction of 5G in the 3.4-3.8 GHz and 26 GHz bands. It is really a major achievement for ECC. “

ECC will continue to work on 5G spectrum regulation in Europe through the application of its 5G Roadmap, which it is working towards for the benefit of the 48 CEPT Member states.

Notes to Editors

  1. Further information on other key outcomes from the ECC Plenary Meeting on 3-6 July 2018 is available here.
  2. Details on the CEPT roadmap for 5G and the corresponding ECC activities can be found here.
  3. The Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) brings together 48 countries to develop common policies and regulations in electronic communications for Europe, and to provide a focal point for information on spectrum use. Its primary objective is to harmonise the efficient use of the radio spectrum, satellite orbits and numbering resources across Europe. Please visit our website for more information: www.cept.org/ecc.
  4. The ECC is supported by its central office, the European Communications Office (ECO), based in Copenhagen, Denmark: www.cept.org/eco


Eric Fournier (Chairman of the ECC), eric.fournier@anfr.fr

Bruno Espinosa (Deputy Director ECO), bruno.espinosa@eco.cept.org