49th ECC Plenary meeting in Bordeaux, France 23-26 October 2018

07 Nov 2018, 14:21

The ECC Plenary had its 49th meeting in Bordeaux, France, 23-26 October 2018. It gathered 81 participants representing 33 CEPT administrations and observers.

Here is a summary of the outcome from the meeting.

Final approval of deliverables for publication

Taking into account the responses submitted during the relevant public consultations, ECC approved for publication the following ECC deliverables:

  • Revised ECC Decision(11)06 on “Harmonised frequency arrangements and least restrictive technical conditions for mobile/fixed communications networks (MFCN) operating in the band 3400 - 3800 MHz ”: the proposed revision includes the technical conditions applicable to 5G implementation in the band. It is based on the technical studies approved for publication in July 2018 (CEPT Report 67, ECC Report 281). Due to the substantial changes in the technical conditions, it has been agreed that the implementation status of this ECC Decision should be reset.
  • ECC Report 287 on the defragmentation of the band 3400-3800 MHz: this complements the activities on 5G for the band 3400-3800 MHz. The major change, as result of the public consultation, had been the improvement of Annex 1 on the benefits of large blocks and contiguous spectrum.
  • Revised ECC Decision(13)01 on Earth stations on mobile platforms (ESOMPs) in the frequency bands available for use by uncoordinated FSS Earth stations within the ranges 17.3-20.2 GHz and 27.5-30.0 GHz. The revision takes into account in particular the outcome from the recently published ECC Report 272 which studies the electromagnetic compatibility between satellite terminals and aircraft avionics. Because of the limited changes in the decides part, it was decided to keep the current status in force. It was noted that a set of similar draft revised ECC Decisions on satellite Earth stations is currently under public consultation and will be considered for publication at the next ECC meeting in March 2019.
  • CEPT Report 69 in response to the permanent EC Mandate on technical conditions for UWB in view of a potential update of Commission Decision 2007/131/EC: ECC welcomed the new Annex to CEPT Report 69 developed as a result of the public consultation in order to outline possible amendments to Decision 2007/131/EC. It was highlighted that some of the proposals may be seen as relaxed provisions for specific use cases and have been properly assessed. ECC was informed that draft revisions of ECC Decisions (06)04 (Generic UWB regulation) and (07)01 (Material Sensing Devices), consistent with the outcome from CEPT Report 69, were currently under public consultation.


Approval of draft deliverables for Public consultation

ECC approved for public consultation:  

  • Draft CEPT Report 70 in response to the permanent EC Mandate on Short Range Devices: the draft Report contains a range of proposals to assist in the 7th update of the SRD Commission Decision, including in particular new usage opportunities for wideband data transmission devices in 57-66 GHz, conditions for smart tachograph, weight and dimension applications and withdrawal of the entries for WLAM applications in the band 24.25-24.50 GHz. It is supported by relevant compatibility studies recently performed within WG SE.
  • Draft CEPT Report 71 in response to the EC Mandate on ITS: the draft Report describes the possibilities for the extension of the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) safety-related band up to 5925 MHz for Road ITS and up to 5935 MHz for Urban Rail ITS. It identifies the sub-band 5915-5935 MHz as priority for Urban Rail ITS and the sub-band 5875-5915 MHz as priority for Road ITS, the sharing solutions having to be defined within ETSI Harmonised Standards. ECC discussed in particular two points: upper frequency limit for consideration (5925 MHz or 5935 MHz) and coexistence between road ITS technologies. Both items are highlighted in a cover note to the draft CEPT Report 71 as approved for public consultation. A liaison statement to ETSI was also agreed to ask for addition support on the coexistence between ITS technologies.

Public consultation on draft CEPT Reports 70 and 71 will close on 7 December 2018.

ECC also approved for public consultation the following draft deliverables:

  • Draft revised ECC Decision(06)13 on the designation of the bands 880-915 MHz, 925-960 MHz, 1710-1785 MHz and 1805-1880 MHz for terrestrial UMTS, LTE, NR, WiMAX and IoT cellular systems: the purpose of this revision is to amend the technical conditions so that they are suitable for 5G/AAS, through the addition of references to the relevant ETSI harmonised standards for 5G/NR. ETSI was invited to provide information on the planned schedule for the publication of EN 301 908-23, EN 301 908-24 and EN 301 908-25.
  • Draft ECC Report 297 on the analysis of the suitability and update of the regulatory technical conditions for 5G MFCN and AAS operation in the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz: this contains the technical analysis supporting the proposed revision to ECC Decision(06)13;
  • Draft revised ECC Decision(06)01 on the harmonised utilisation of the bands1920-1980 MHz and 2110-2170 MHz for mobile/fixed communications networks (MFCN): the proposed revision focused on the addition of TRP out-of-block limits for use by active antenna systems in order to ensure their suitability for 5G. ECC agreed to highlight the need for views and comments during the public consultation on two specific issues related to the band plan: need for 300 kHz guard bands at the lower and upper frequency boundaries, and minimum block size.
  • Draft ECC Report 298 on the analysis of the suitability and update of the regulatory technical conditions for 5G MFCN and AAS operation in the 1920-1980 MHz and 2110-2170 MHz band: : this contains the technical analysis supporting the proposed revision to ECC Decision(06)01;
  • Draft ECC Report 299 on the measures to address potential blocking of MES operating in bands adjacent to 1518 MHz (including 1525-1559 MHz) at sea ports and airports: it includes a definition of how to apply PFD limits for protection of specific locations in port and airports, relevant method to calculate the pfd limits and examples of those limits. Limits would be defined at national level.
  • Draft ECC Report 296 on guidance for national synchronization regulatory framework options related to 5G in 3400-3800 MHz: it complements the activities on 5G for the band 3400-3800 MHz through the development of a toolbox for coexistence of MFCNs in synchronised, unsynchronised and semi-synchronised operation in 3400-3800 MHz.
  • Draft ECC Report 295 on Guidance on cross border coordination between MFCN and Aeronautical Telemetry Systems in the 1429-1518 MHz band. ECC agreed to include into the draft ECC Report additional calculations with lower antenna elevation and with different antenna patterns. It was clarified that consideration of airborne telemetry receivers should not be covered in this Report.
  • Draft ECC Recommendation (19)01 on the coordination between 5G and EESS/SRS receiving earth stations in the 26 GHz band: it provides methodologies for calculation of coordination zones around EESS and SRS earth stations for compatibility with IMT-2020 systems deployed in the 26 GHz band.

Public consultation on these draft ECC Deliverables is expected to close on 11 December 2018.

Editorial update or correction of ECC Deliverables

The following deliverables were corrected or updated and approved for publication:

  • Correction of ECC Decision (18)06 on the harmonised technical conditions for Mobile/Fixed Communications Networks (MFCN) in the band 24.25-27.5 GHz in order to clarify the nature of the emission limits (i.e. TRP) for terminal stations.
  • Update of ECC Decision(06)08 on the conditions for use of the radio spectrum by Ground- and Wall- Probing Radar (GPR/WPR) imaging systems.


Issues in progress

  • EC Mandates on WAS/RLANs in 5925-6425 MHz: ECC approved the Interim Report in response to the EC Mandate, which provides the status of the ongoing work on the possible introduction of WAS/RLAN at 6 GHz. The first draft CEPT Report (‘Report A’) in response to this Mandate is expected to be approved for public consultation in July 2019. ECC also noted the progress of the related compatibility studies within SE45 and of the regulatory considerations within FM57.
  • EC Mandate on 5G in the MFCN harmonised bands below 3 GHz: ECC noted the new mandate from the European Commission on technical conditions suitable for 5G in the 900/1800 MHz, 2 GHz and 2.6 GHz bands. Part of the technical work required to respond to the Mandate has already been completed (see above for the approval for public consultation of deliverables on the 900/1800 MHz and 2 GHz bands). It is expected to consider for approval for public consultation in March 2019 the first draft CEPT Report, covering the paired terrestrial 2 GHz frequency band and the 2.6 GHz frequency band, as well as information on the usage feasibility of the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz frequency bands.
  • Spectrum for future railway mobile communication systems (include new EC Mandate): ECC noted the new Mandate from the Commission on this topic and the work plan prepared by WG FM to respond to this Mandate. Ongoing activities within ECC on future railway mobile radiocommunications were noted.
  • Activities related to 5G:
    • See above for the approval of deliverables related to 5G in the 3.5 GHz band.
    • Concerning the 26 GHz band, ECC noted the progress on the development of toolboxes for national administrations to manage the coexistence of 5G with FS and FSS Earth stations respectively. See above for the approval for public consultation on the draft ECC Recommendation on the coexistence between 5G and EESS/SRS Earth stations.
    • See above for the approval of deliverables related to 5G in the 900/1800 MHz band and the 2.1 GHz band. Work is in progress for the analysis of the suitability and update of the regulatory technical conditions for 5G MFCN and AAS operation in the 2.5-2.69 GHz band.
    • Taking into account the progress achieved within ECC (including on preparation for WRC-19), the proposals from the Steering Group and the decisions taken during this meeting, ECC revised the CEPT Roadmap for 5G.
  • Spectrum for drones: ECC noted the ongoing activities within WG FM and ECC-PT1 on spectrum for drones and usage of drones in harmonised MFCN bands respectively.
  • Additional PMR/PAMR and BB-PPDR studies in 400 MHz: ECC was informed about the recent publication of ECC Report 283 on “Compatibility and sharing studies related to the introduction of broadband and narrowband systems in the bands 410-430 MHz and 450-470 MHz. In addition, ECC noted that WG FM approved for public consultation a range of draft ECC deliverables relevant for PMR, PAMR and for PPDR and also related to land mobile systems below 470 MHz.
  • Revision of ERC Recommendation 74-01: ECC considered the progress within WG SE/SE21 about the revision of ERC Recommendation 74-01 which contains the generic limits for unwanted emission in spurious domain. ECC was informed about the options and challenges under discussion for the spurious limits for 5G systems and active antenna systems. ECC requested WG SE to ensure that the revision of the recommendation, planned for approval for consultation in January 2019, will be applicable to AAS.
  • Audio PMSE: ECC discussed extensively how the ongoing work within WGFM and WGSE on the possible introduction of audio PMSE in the 960-1164 MHz band should be carried forward. ECC concluded that the target should be to adopt in March 2020 (public consultation launched in July 2019), one consolidated ECC Report including in Annexes the sharing studies currently under development within WGSE/SE7 and the further considerations within WGFM/FM51 on the related regulatory and legal issues.
  • SRD in 800/900 MHz: ECC considered a study from Switzerland on the protection of railway communication systems from interference caused by short-range devices deployed in the frequency bands 874-876 and 915-921 MHz. It will be further considered within WG SE.
  • ERC Report 25: ECC noted that the revised ERC Report 25 (ECA Table) was approved by WG FM in September 2018 and will be published by the ECO shortly after the ECC meeting.


General and organisational matters

  • Election of ECC and WG SE Chairmen:
    • Since the current ECC Chairman, Eric Fournier (France), has completed his second 3-year term, ECC elected Mr. Chris Woolford (UK) as new ECC Chairman.
    • Since the current WG SE Chairman, Karl Loew (Germany), has completed his second 3-year term, ECC elected Mr. Jérôme André (France) as new WG SE Chairman.
    • See more here.
  • ECC will have to appoint at its next meeting a new ECC Vice-Chairman.
  • Administrations were invited to nominate candidates for the chairmanship of SRD-MG. The new SRD-MG Chair will have to be appointed at the next WGFM meeting in February.


Events and tools supporting ECC

  • ECC communications: ECC endorsed the proposals from ECO for the topics included in the December 2018 edition of the newsletter. Proposals related to further editions in 2019 were noted.
  • Workshop on spectrum for vertical sectors: ECC agreed that a workshop on sectorial/vertical needs for spectrum should be organised in 2019 (May-June). The draft programme will be consolidated by ECO with the concerned Chairmen.
  • WG NaN workshop: ECC was informed about the workshop taking place on 11 December 2018 in Brussels on the use of E.164 numbers in international fraud and misuse of electronic communication services
  • Application Programming Interface: ECC welcomed the presentation from ECO on API and the first API implementation on EFIS information.
  • ECC website and databases: ECC was informed about the main developments on the CEPT portal and on the tools and databases run by ECO. ECC noted that the PSAP directory was ready to be activated (planned start: 1 December 2018).
  • ECO bulletin: the ECO’s regular bulletin on developments outside the ECC was noted and the relevant ECC entities were invited to consider the information in more details.


Cooperation with other organisations

  • Cooperation with BEREC on numbering issues: ECC agreed to respond favourably to a request from BEREC for a closer cooperation between BEREC and ECC on three numbering-related tasks for BEREC in the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC). WG NaN was requested to cooperate with BEREC on these tasks.
  • ECC noted the relevant information from ETSI covering in particular the status of harmonised standards according to the RED. ECC was informed about the ongoing discussions between ETSI and the Commission (DG GROW) on a consistent approach for the inclusion of receiver parameters in ETSI harmonised standards. ECC may have a role to play in this area, in relation to SE21 related activities.

ECC also noted the draft SRDocs under development within ETSI and the new spreadsheet which maps the ETSI SRDocs and the related ECC activities and deliverables.

  • ECC considered the relevant information provided by the European Commission on the most recent RSCom and RSPG activities. Additional information was provided on the status of the delegated Act on ITS currently under preparation and planned to be adopted by the end of 2018.
  • ECC noted the recently signed LoU with 5GAA and tasked the new ECC Chairman to conclude on the signature of a LoU with UWB Alliance.


Next meetings

The next meetings of ECC are planned as follows:

  • ECC-M50: 5-8 March 2019, United Kingdom
  • ECC-M51: 2-5 July 2019


Additional information on the key topics can be found here.

The minutes of the meeting are available here.