The first meeting of CPG for the preparation of WRC-23 was held online on 22-23 June, in replacement of the physical meeting, cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was attended by 155 participants from 29 administrations in addition to delegates from the Radiocommunication Bureau, other Regional Organisations, the European Commission, ECO, ECC Observers and other industrial representatives.
The meeting set the working methods of CPG and endorsed the outcome of the correspondence activities conducted on the ECO Forum with regard to the organisational structure. This was in particularly related to:
- the involvement of ECC PT1 into the CPG work and the related guidance
- the number of CPG project teams and their Terms of Reference
- the cooperation with Com-ITU in relation to the invocation of CS Article 48
CPG established four project teams:
- Project Team A on Science and Regulatory issues will address WRC-23 agenda items 1.12 (EESS (active) radar sounders), 1.13 (SRS 15 GHz), 1.14 (EESS (passive) 250 GHz), 9.1a (Space weather sensors), 9.1c (FS IMT), 9.1d (EESS (passive) 37 GHz) and the studies under Resolution 655 (WRC-15);
- Project Team B on Space issues will address WRC-23 agenda items 1.15 (GSO ESIM Ku-band), 1.16 (GSO ESIM-Ka-band), 1.17 (Inter-satellite links), 1.18 (MSS data collection), 1.19 (FSS 17 GHz), 7 (Satellite Procedures), 9.2 (Inconsistencies in Radio Regulations), 9.3 (Due Diligence);
- Project Team C on Aeronautical, Maritime, Radiodetermination issues will address WRC-23 agenda items 1.1 (RR 5.441B (4800-4990 MHz)), 1.6 (Sub-orbital vehicles), 1.7 (AMS(R)S 137 MHz), 1.8 (Resolution 155), 1.9 (Appendix 27), 1.10 (AMS non-safety), 1.11 (GMDSS), 9.1b (Amateur-RNSS at 1 300 MHz) and the studies under Resolution 427 (WRC-19);
- Project Team D on UHF will address WRC-23 agenda item 1.5 (UHF Review)
in addition to ECC PT1 on IMT Matters that will address WRC-23 agenda items 1.2 (IMT centimetre bands), 1.3 (MS 3.6-3.8 GHz), 1.4 (HIBS) and the studies in relation to Art. 21.
CPG appointed the Chairmen for its project teams as well as CEPT coordinators following nominations from administrations. The Chairman of the relevant project team will act as interim coordinator for the agenda items for which CEPT coordinators are still missing. The dates of Project Teams meetings will be made available on the ECC website.
CPG also agreed that Vice-Chairmen will be appointed at the next face-to-face meeting and postponed the decision on the attribution of WRC-23 agenda items 2, 4, 8, 10, which are not directly linked to the activities of ITU-R Working Parties.
CPG decided that the preparation for the Radiocommunication Advisory Group (RAG) should rely on the electronic means provided by ECO, including a dedicated email reflector to ensure CEPT coordination before and during the RAG meetings.
The CEPT preparation for the Radiocommunication Assembly 2023 (RA-23) will be considered later in the process as done in previous study periods.
Liaisons with other Groups
CPG provided a reply liaison statement to Com-ITU regarding the CPG assistance in preparation of an European Common Proposal to PP-22 on the issue of invocation of CS Article 48. PTB was tasked with this work and CPG will inform Com-ITU on their progress as appropriate.
CPG noted the liaison statement from WG FM that informed about the work on technical conditions to achieve coexistence between amateur service/amateur-satellite service and the radionavigation-satellite receivers in the frequency band 1240-1300 MHz. The related technical studies are conducted by WG SE in its project team SE40. This was taken into account when defining the Terms of Reference for PTC.
CPG considered the most appropriate use of the ECO tools in support to the WRC-23 preparatory cycle, including the work in CPG project teams. It was agreed that CPG membership could benefit from:
- relevant ECO tools (EFIS, DocDB, SEAMCAT)
- usage of the CEPT portal, ECC website and electronic working arrangements including the chat system
- CEPT Workshops
- ECO activities supporting CPG in the cooperation with other organisations
- use of ECC deliverables templates