The Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) has reached a significant breakthrough in spectrum for 5G during its 48th Plenary meeting. The meeting, which took place in Rome from 3 to 6 July 2018, also saw ECC make a number of key decisions on a range of spectrum issues, covering Earth stations in motion (ESIM), and Ultra Wide Band (UWB) applications.
Spectrum for 5G
After months of extensive studies and public consultation, ECC approved for publication a set of deliverables, which provide the harmonised technical conditions for Mobile/Fixed Communications Networks (MFCN) in the bands 3.4 – 3.8 GHz and 24.25-27.5 GHz. This significant achievement is paving the way for administrations to implement 5G in these two frequency bands.
For the 3.4-3.8 GHz band, this work complements the existing framework for MFCN in making it appropriate for 5G deployments. It forms the basis for the revision of ECC Decision (11)06, approved for public consultation.
For the 24.24-27.5 GHz (26 GHz) band, ECC agreed in the new ECC Decision (18)06 the full framework which reflects the objective of CEPT to harmonise the 26 GHz band for Europe for 5G. Studies have taken into account the compatibility with and protection of all existing services, including their future deployments, in the same and adjacent frequency bands.
In addition, ECC approved for publication two CEPT Reports, which were produced in response to the EC Mandate on 5G in the 3.5 and 26 GHz bands. The content of these CEPT Reports is consistent with the deliverables mentioned above.
With the results achieved during this meeting and the consideration of other ongoing activities related to 5G, ECC approved a revised version of the CEPT Roadmap for 5G.
Earth stations in motion (ESIM)
ECC adopted two ECC Decisions addressing ESIM operating in the Ku frequency bands 10.7-12.75 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 14.0-14.5 GHz (Earth-to-space) under the allocations made to the Fixed-Satellite Service (FSS). ECC Decision (18)04 covers land based ESIM deployed with GSO (geosynchronous orbit) FSS networks and ECC Decision (18)05 deals with ESIM operating with non-geostationary (NGSO) FSS networks. Both Decisions provide the conditions for the harmonised use of the bands by the corresponding ESIM, their exemption from individual licensing, and free circulation and use.
These ESIM offer a range of communications services with the main provision being broadband communication services. These two ECC decisions complete the necessary regulatory framework for the development of satellite communications on-board terrestrial vehicles, on-board aircrafts and on-board ships.
Ultra Wide Band (UWB) applications
ECC also approved for public consultation draft CEPT Report 69, the draft Report from CEPT to the European Commission in response to the permanent Mandate on the technical conditions for the harmonised introduction of UWB applications. The Report includes a set of proposals to assist the EC in updating Commission Decision 2007/131/EC.
A summary of the outcome from the meeting is available here.
The complete ECC Minutes can be found here.