Results of the WGFM#85 Meeting (23-27 May 2016, Helsinki, Finland)

14 Jul 2016, 11:40The 85th meeting of the WG FM took place in Helsinki, Finland, at the kind invitation from the Finnish CEPT Administration FICORA.

It was attended by 98 participants from 34 CEPT administrations and 18 international organisations, EC, ECO and ITU. The following results have been achieved:

CEPT Reports:

  • The draft CEPT Report 59 in response to the 6th update of the EC Decision for Short Range Devices (SRDs) was adopted for submission to the ECC for approval for publication and sending it to the EC;
  • WGFM adopted the draft CEPT Report 61 in response to the EC Mandate on video PMSE in the 2700-2900 MHz band for submission to the ECC for final approval for publication and sending it to the EC;
  • The draft CEPT Report 64 - Report B from CEPT to the European Commission in response to the Mandate ‘To study and identify harmonised compatibility and sharing conditions for Wireless Access Systems including Radio Local Area Networks in the bands 5350-5470 MHz and 5725-5925 MHz ('WAS/RLAN extension bands') for the provision of wireless broadband services’ was adopted by WGFM for submission to EC for approval for public consultation and sending it to the EC.


ECC Decisions:

  • The draft new ECC Decision (16)02 on Broadband Public Protection and Disaster Relief (BB-PPDR) was adopted by WGFM for sending to the ECC for approval for publication;
  • The draft amended ECC Decision (08)05 on the harmonisation of frequency bands for the implementation of digital Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) narrow band and wide band radio applications in bands within the 380-470 MHz range was adopted for sending to ECC for approval for publication;
  • WGFM approved the revised Annexes 1 and 2 (allocations and applications terminology) of the EFIS Decision (ECC Decision (01)03) for administration consultation. In addition, some editorial changes in the main body were adopted and this will be presented to the ECC for approval for publication;
  • WGFM agreed to submit to the ECC an editorial amendment of ECC Decision (11)03 for CB radio for approval for publication;
  • WGFM approved the new ECC Decision (16)CC on the withdrawal of ERC Decision (99)17 (on the Universal Shipborne Automatic Identification System (AIS) channels in the maritime VHF band) for public consultation.


ECC Recommendations:

  • WGFM approved the amended Recommendation T/R 25-08 for publication (Planning criteria and co-ordination of frequencies for land mobile systems in the range 29.7-470 MHz);
  • WGFM approved the new draft ECC Recommendation (16)03 on cross-border coordination for Broadband Public Protection and Disaster Relief (BB-PPDR) systems in the frequency band from 698 MHz to 791 MHz for public consultation;
  • WGFM approved the revision of ERC Recommendation 25-10 for the frequency ranges for audio and video PMSE (Programme Making and Special Events) applications for public consultation;
  • WGFM approved the amendment of ECC Recommendation (11)06 on Block Edge Mask (BEM) compliance measurements for base stations, with the 700 MHz frequency range included, for public consultation;
  • WGFM approved the new ECC Recommendation (16)04 on 'Determination of the radiated power through field strength measurements in the frequency range from 87.5-108 MHz' for public consultation;
  • A number of changes in ERC Recommendation 70-03 were approved for publication:
    • adding of an entry for 76-77 GHz obstacle detection radars for rotorcraft use in Annex 5;
    • amendment of the scope of Annex 6 for radiodetermination applications to avoid misuse by P-t-P and P-t-MP radiocommunications applications;
    • merging the entries of Annex 13 (wireless audio) into Annex 10 (radio microphones, assistive listening devices, wireless audio and multimedia streaming systems);
    • amendment of Annex 11 (RFID) to reflect the 4 channel UHF RFID plan for 865-868 MHz with all the technical conditions;
    • amendment of the Appendix 5 with the Duty cycle Definition to make the definition more robust and unambiguous;
  • Changes in ERC Recommendation 70-03 were approved for public consultation:
    • adding of an entry for the band 1900-1920 MHz as well as a note in the scope concerning use in vehicles in Annex 1 (non-specific SRDs);
    • adding of an entry for radio microphones for the band 1350-1400 MHz in Annex 10;
  • WGFM approved the amended Recommendation T/R 61-01 (CEPT Radio Amateur Licence) for publication;
  • WGFM approved the amended ECC Recommendation (05)06 (CEPT Novice Radio Amateur Licence) for publication;
  • WGFM approved the amended ECC Recommendation (04)01 on forbidding of jammers for publication.

ECC Reports, ECO Reports:

  • WGFM approved the new draft ECC Report 256 on LTE coverage measurements for public consultation;
  • WGFM approved the draft amended ERC Report 32 (amateur radio examination syllabus and examination certificate) for public consultation;
  • The draft amended ERC Report 25 (European Common Allocation – ECA- Table) was approved for publication. Publication will take place after the ECC meeting in June 2016;
  • WGFM endorsed the changes in ECO Report 05 on "Guidance on the interpretation of the requirements of ECC/DEC/(01)03 on EFIS".

WGFM Questionnaires:  

  • WGFM adopted a questionnaire to CEPT administrations on national coordination/cooperation of GSM-R and MFCN (based on ECC Report 229);
  • The summary of the interference statistics 2015 was agreed and will be published on the FM PT22 interference statistics website. The questionnaire for the interference statistics will be repeated next year and the format for this was agreed by WGFM. A liaison statement to ADCO R&TTE was approved by WGFM regarding the results of the interference statistics 2015;
  • The results of the questionnaire on interference cases caused by "DECT 6.0" equipment were adopted by WGFM and ADCO R&TTE was informed. The results are also published in the EFIS database under questionnaires.



  • WGFM closed Project Team FM49 and thanked Mr Laurant Bodusseau from France for the excellent work as FM49 chairman;
  • WGFM agreed that the amendment process for future updates of the ECA Table (ERC Report 25) should go from the ECO via the EFIS/MG to WGFM;
  • The WGFM Correspondence Group of drones will have a physical meeting on 22-23 September 2016 at the ECO in Copenhagen.

Other decisions and liaison statements:

  • WGFM agreed to develop an overview about which measures are necessary in addition to the ECA Table update (ERC Report 25) as part of the implementation of WRC-15 results until the next meeting;
  • The agenda for the WGFM civil-military meeting, 23-24 November 2016, in Prague was approved;
  • Project Team FM54 was tasked to consider a solution for cross-border coordination guidance for GSM-R that should avoid any kind of impression of formulating a designation of frequencies for the so-called Extended-GSM-R (as part of the revision process for ECC/REC/(05)08 led by ECC PT1);
  • WGFM agreed a liaison statement to request WGSE to consider a method to provide thresholds for the cross-border coordination of CDMA and LTE broadband systems in the 400 MHz band. The studies should take into account additional factors for the coordination of broadband systems with the aim to have relaxed coordination trigger levels for broadband land mobile systems in the 400 MHz ranges. Coverage aspects (so-called equal access possibilities in support of near border coverage) could be employed when having wideband or broadband systems on both sides of the border;
  • In addition to the request to WGSE for studies in the frequency range 450-470 MHz, as adopted at the last WGFM meeting, there is interest by a number of CEPT administrations to also include the band 410-430 MHz as part of these studies by SE7 for BB PMR/PAMR. Therefore, WGFM decided to request WGSE to extend the studies to also cover the band 410-430 MHz for broadband PMR/PAMR. Further to this, the topic of narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) as currently specified in 3GPP (200 kHz LTE) has now gained much interest within CEPT, and many applications are being considered for this technology within the 400 MHz range. Hence, NB-IoT is considered as part of the technical studies for the 410-430 MHz and the 450-470 MHz bands;
  • WGFM agreed to send a liaison statement to ETSI about the on-going PMR/PAMR studies in the 400 MHz ranges and a request to consider the development of a channel access protocol in support of shared spectrum use;
  • WGFM prepared a draft liaison statement in relation to BB-PPDR to be sent by ECC to ETSI and 3GPP RAN4 to clarify the relevant limits which are required within CEPT for the protection of other radio services and which need to be included in the relevant specifications and standards;
  • WGFM approved a CEPT contribution for the revision of Report ITU-R M.2291 (IMT BB-PPDR) to be submitted to ITU-R WP 5D;
  • WGFM adopted a new work item for Project Team FM22 on the protection of the mobile-satellite service in the 406-406.1 MHz frequency band (following Resolution 205 (WRC-15)). This may include work on frequency monitoring in adjacent bands, measurement campaigns, developing a methodology and plan, and CEPT contributions on this subject to ITU-R;
  • WGFM agreed on a reply liaison statement to WGSE on the new WIs related to earth stations operating on fixed and moving platforms in FSS allocations (geostationary as well as non-geostationary, and related compatibility);
  • WGFM agreed a draft liaison statement proposed to be sent by ECC to EASA with a request for assistance to confirm assumptions on current regulations for HIRF protection of aircrafts (aircraft immunity against RF radiation);
  • WGFM adopted the radio interface specification template for ECC Decision (16)01 (obstacle detection radars for rotorcraft use);
  • In response to the request from ECC, WGFM decided that FM PT51 should consider the coordination between video PMSE applications and radars in the 2.7 - 2.9 GHz band when the situation for 2.7-2.9 GHz video PMSE applications is sufficiently stable;
  • WGFM agreed on a liaison statement to WGSE and SE PT19 with a request to investigate the impact in the frequency range 57-64 GHz when introducing fixed link applications with dynamic spectrum access and invited WGSE and SE PT19 to work together with SRD/MG on a regulatory approach in ERC Recommendation 70-03 under general authorisation regime;
  • WGFM agreed on a liaison statement to ETSI and ASECAP to request investigating the in- and out-of-band interference properties of road toll 5.8 GHz technology and also to investigate possible solutions to improve the performance of products and/or related ETSI standards; 
  • WGFM agreed to request WGSE (SE PT24) to conduct investigation about SRD usage in cars equipped with 5.8 GHz road toll equipment, RLAN use based on the 5.8 GHz SRD regulation (25 mW e.i.r.p.) as well as co-channel ITS communications (5855-5875 MHz) - all applications under current existing regulations. The aim is not to change regulations but to investigate potential problems when having all these applications implemented in the same car;
  • WGFM agreed to request WGSE (SE PT24) to conduct studies on UWB vehicular acceess systems (ETSI TR 103 416);
  • WGFM tasked FM PT44 to study regulatory provisions for M2M via satellite systems in the bands with SRD usage below 1 GHz;
  • WGFM updated the list of review for ECC/ERC/ECTRA Decisions which will be provided to the next ECC meeting;
  • WGFM decided that a revision of ECC/REC/(02)09 - cross-border coordination between video PMSE applications and radars in 2.7-2.9 GHz - should be done when the situation is sufficiently stable in the future;
  • The SRD/MG was tasked to work on a solution based on a new informative annex in ERC/REC 70-03 which would make a revision of ECC/DEC/(04)03 (77-81 GHz automotive radars) unnecessary;
  • ECO was tasked to inform regional organisations and non-CEPT administrations about the new opportunity to provide a declaration of conformity with the requirements in Recommendation T/R 61-02 and ERC Report 32, following the final approval of the revisions of Recommendation 61-01 (CEPT amateur licence) and ECC/REC/(05)06 (CEPT amateur novice licence);
  • WGFM agreed to send a liaison statement to ETSI with regard to MWS and Fixed Service applications in 40.5-43.5 GHz to seek clarification from ETSI whether there is still interest in MWS;
  • ECO was tasked to prepare a new ECC Decision for the withdrawal of ECC Decisions (01)01 and (01)02 (CT1, CT1+, and CT2 cordless applications for consideration at the next WGFM meeting.

Next meetings:

17-21 October 2016: WGFM in Bordeaux, France

23-24 November 2016: civil/military meeting in Prague, Czech Republic