ECC monthly news summary for February 2019

12 Mar 2019, 08:56

This summary provides a roundup of the main outcomes of ECC Working Group and Project Team meetings which have taken place in February 2019

Included for this period:
4-8 February: WG FM approved a range of draft ECC deliverables on several frequency management topics

5-6 February: PT ES resolved the comments from public consultation on draft ECC Reports 300 and 301 related to emergency caller location information

7 February: PT1 continued its review of relevant ECC Decisions in bands harmonised for Mobile/Fixed Communications Networks (MFCN) below 3 GHz to assess their suitability for 5G, and resolved the comments from public consultation on five other draft deliverables

12-13 February: PT NPS continued work on revising ECC Recommendation (11)02 and started two new work items on Public Warning Systems and CLI Spoofing.

4-8 February 2019 – The Working Group Frequency Management (WG FM) held its 93rd meeting in Rome, Italy

CEPT Reports

WG FM adopted draft revised CEPT Report 70 containing proposals for the 7th update of the European Commission (EC) Decision on ‘Short Range Devices (SRD)’ and draft revised CEPT Report 71, on ‘Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)’. Both draft documents will now be forwarded to the ECC for final approval and, following approval, will be submitted to the EC.

ECC Decisions

WG FM adopted the following draft ECC Decisions:

  • Draft ECC Decisions (19)01 & (19)02 and the revision of two others (more details here), intended to allow wideband and narrow band systems to coexist in the 400 MHz frequency bands);
  • Draft ECC Decision (19)03 on ‘Harmonised Usage of the Channels of the Radio Regulations Appendix 18 (transmitting frequencies in the VHF maritime mobile band)’; and
  • Eight draft ECC Decisions, all relating to the use of earth stations on aircraft, commonly used for the provision of WiFi to passengers (more details here).

These draft ECC Decisions will now be forwarded to the ECC for final approval.

ERC/ECC Recommendations

WG FM approved the revision of ERC Recommendation 70-03 Annexes 3, 5, 9 and 10; the Recommendation for SRDs. WG FM further approved the Public Consultations of Annexes 1, 2, 3, 6 and 11 of the same Recommendation.

ECC Reports

WG FM approved the following ECC Reports for publication:

  • ECC Report 292 on the ’Current Use, Future Opportunities and Guidance to Administrations for the 400 MHz ‘Private Mobile Radio/Public Access Mobile Radio (PMR/PAMR) frequencies’;
  • ECC Report 293 on ‘Mobile Spectrum Monitoring Units’; and
  • ECC Report 294 on ‘Railway Mobile Radio (RMR)’.

The next meeting of WG FM will take place in Tallinn, Estonia on 3-7 June 2019.

Further details on these items and the other WG FM activities are available on the WG FM webpage.


5-6 February 2019 – The Numbering and Networks Project Team Emergency Services (PT ES) met in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

PT ES resolved all comments to the public consultations on Draft ECC Reports 300 on ‘A Country-by-country Analysis on Defining PSAP-side Statistics to Quantify the Effectiveness of Emergency Caller Location Information received for mobile calls’) and 301 on the ‘Provision of Caller Location Information from Private Networks’. Minor changes were made to both documents and it was agreed to submit them to the next meeting of WG NaN in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 21-23 May 2019 for final adoption. PT ES also started work on two new work items on Public Warning Systems and eCall callback. These activities will be progressed at the next PT ES meeting on 28-29 May 2019 at the ECO in Copenhagen.

Further details on the activities of PT ES are available on the PT ES webpage.

7 February 2019 – The ECC Project Team PT1 on IMT and other communications networks in the mobile and fixed services held an extraordinary meeting (XO) in Mainz, Germany

PT1 held an XO meeting to address outstanding issues related to the review of the suitability of technical conditions in the 2.6 GHz band for 5G. The meeting discussed coexistence with radio astronomy above 2690 MHz and agreed on new limits be included in the revision of ECC Decision (05)05 and in the draft CEPT Report (in response to the EC Mandate on this issue) to be sent to the ECC for public consultation. More time is needed to update the ECC Report so it was agreed to continue this work at the next PT1 meeting on 10-14 June 2019 in Billund, Denmark.

Further details on the activities of PT1 are available on the ECC PT1 webpage.

12-13 February 2019 – The Numbering and Networks Project Team Number Portability and Switching (NPS) met at the ECO, Copenhagen, Denmark.

PT NPS made good progress on a revised draft ECC Recommendation (11)02 “Measures for increasing Trust in Calling Line Identification and Originating Identification”. The draft document is now stable and will receive a final review at the next PT NPS meeting before submission to the next WG NaN meeting (21-23 May 2019, Ljubljana) for approval for public consultation. PT NPS also started work on two draft ECC Reports on “CLI Spoofing” and “Routing and Number Portability in an all-IP environment”. Work will continue on these activities at the next PT NPS meeting on 2-3 May 2019 in Lillesand, Norway.

Further details on the activities of PT NPS are available on the PT NPS webpage.