Results of the WGFM#86 Meeting (17-21 October 2016) in Bordeaux

26 Oct 2016, 12:36The 86th meeting of the WG FM took place in Bordeaux, France, at the kind invitation from the French CEPT Administration ANFR. It was attended by 98 delegates from 34 CEPT administrations and 14 international organisations, EC, ECO and ITU. The following results have been achieved:

Opening Speech WG FM in Bordeaux, October 2016 - Mr Didier Chauveau, Deputy Director of Spectrum Planning and International Affairs at ANFR welcomed the WG FM and its delegates to Bordeaux.

CEPT Reports:

  • 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 ECC for final approval for publication and sending it to the EC. 
  • The draft Addendum to the CEPT Report 59 in response to the EC Permanent Mandate on the ”Annual update of the technical annex of the Commission Decision on the technical harmonisation of radio spectrum for use by short range devices - Possibilities for a harmonisation approach for the bands 870-876 MHz and 915-921 MHz also taking into account new opportunities in the band 862-868 MHz" was approved for submission to the ECC for public consultation approval and sending to the EC. A draft cover letter for the Addendum proposed to the ECC was agreed. 

ECC Decisions:

  • The draft ECC Decision (16)03 on the withdrawal of ERC Decision (99)17 (on the Universal Shipborne Automatic Identification System (AIS) channels in the maritime VHF band) was approved for submission to the ECC for final approval for publication.
  • The draft ECC Decision (17)AA on the withdrawal of ECC Decision (01)01 on phasing out analogue CT1 and CT1+ applications in the 900 MHz band and ECC Decision (01)02 on phasing out digital CT2 applications in the 900 MHz band was approved for public consultation.
  • The draft new ECC Decision (17)BB on the withdrawal of Decision ECTRA/DEC/(97)02 on  ‘Harmonisation of Authorisation Conditions and Co-ordination of Procedures in the field of Satellite Personal Communications Services (S-PCS) in Europe´ was approved for public consultation.
  • The draft amendment of ECC Decision (05)09 on the free circulation and use of earth stations on board vessels operating in fixed satellite service networks in the frequency bands 5925 - 6425 MHz (Earth-to-space) and 3700 - 4200 MHz (space-to-Earth) was approved for submission to the ECC for approval for public consultation.
  • The draft amendment of ECC Decision (06)10 on transitional arrangements for the Fixed Service and tactical radio relay systems in the bands 1980‑2010 MHz and 2170‑2200 MHz in order to facilitate the harmonised introduction and development of systems in the Mobile Satellite Service including those supplemented by a Complementary Ground Component was approved for submission to the ECC for approval for public consultation.
  • The draft amendment of ECC Decision (11)01 on the protection of the earth exploration satellite service (passive) in the 1400 - 1427 MHz band was approved for public consultation.
  • WG FM adopted a correction of the ECC Decision (07)01 on specific Material Sensing Devices using Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology for submission to the ECC for approval for publication. The references to the harmonised European standards were updated for mitigation techniques and related measurements.This is also in line with CEPT Report 59. A public consultation is considered to be not needed.
  • WG FM adopted a correction of the ECC Decision (16)01 on 76-77 GHz obstacle detection radars for rotorcraft use for submission to the ECC for approval for publication. A new note was added to the introduction section in the Decision to explicitly clarify that the Decision cannot be used by unmanned aircrafts. This is in line with CEPT Report 59 and the assumptions made with regard to the market and usage density of the application in ECC Report 222. A public consultation is considered to be not needed.
  • Changes in ECC Decision (01)03 for EFIS, Annex 2 (application terminology) and Annex 5 (data import/export format) were approved for administration consultation and approval.

ECC Recommendations:

  • The new ECC Recommendation (16)03 - Cross-border coordination for Broadband Public Protection and Disaster Relief (BB-PPDR) systems in the frequency band 698 to 791 MHz was approved for publication.
  • A draft new ECC Recommendation (17)01 on 'Measurement uncertainty assessment for field measurements' was approved for public consultation.
  • 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' was approved for publication.
  • WG FM approved the amendment of the Recommendation (11)06 on Block Edge Mask Measurements with the 700 MHz range included for publication.
  • 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 publication. An entry for the frequency range 1518-1525 MHz was decided to be included. SRD/MG was tasked to consider a possible new entry in Annex 10 of ERC Rec. 70-03.
  • WGFM agreed to task the Office to editorially align Recommendation T/R 61-02 and ECC/REC/(14)06 with the Terms of Reference of the Radio Amateur Forum Group and the wording recently approved in ECC/REC/(05)06, i.e. to replace the ‘IARU’ with ‘international organisations representing amateur radio service licensees’.
  • The amendment of ECC Recommendation (11)04 on cross-border coordination for Mobile/Fixed Communications Networks (MFCN) in the frequency band 790-862 MHz was approved for public consultation. 
  • The amendment of ECC Recommendation (11)05 on cross-border coordination for Mobile/Fixed Communications Networks (MFCN) in the frequency band 2500-2690 MHz was approved for public consultation. 
  • A draft amended version of ECC Recommendation (05)08 on Frequency planning and coordination between GSM land mobile systems (GSM 900, GSM 1800, and GSM-R) was approved for public consultation.
  • The amendment of ERC Recommencation 70-03 Annex 1 was approved for publication, with deletion of the notes in band entries f2) and f4).  WG FM decided to not change the scope of the Annex 1. To reflect the 5GHz RLAN in vehicles explanatory paper, the Office was tasked to add a note in the introduction of ERC/REC 70-03.
  • Amendments of Annexes 1 and 10 of ERC/REC 70-03 was approved for publication. In Annex 10, it includes a new frequency range in 1350-1400 MHz.
  • WG FM approved a new informative Annex of Rec. 70-03 (new Annex 13), covering terrestrial applications operating under general authorisation regime which are not covered by Annexes 1 to 12 of the ERC Recommendation 70-03, and for which an ERC/ECC Decision exist, for public consultation.
  • A revision of ERC Recommendation 54-01 on 'Method of measuring the maximum frequency deviation of FM broadcast emissions in the band 87.5 to 108 MHz at monitoring stations' was approved for public consultation.

ECC Reports, ECO Reports:

  • ECC Report 256 on 'LTE coverage measurements' was approved for publication.
  • WGFM approved the amended ERC Report 32 (amateur radio examination syllabus and examination certificate) for publication.

WGFM Questionnaires:       

  • A questionnaire to CEPT Administrations on treatment of foreign maritime radio operator’s certificates was approved. 
  • WGFM approved a questionnaire to CEPT administrations on national conditions for PMSE applications in the frequency ranges included in ERC Recommendation 25-10.



  • WGFM agreed to start a correspondence group activity on M2M via satellite. WG FM, FM44 and SRD/MG members will be informed and are invited to join this activity. Work will only use electronic working methods.
  • WGFM decided that the Radio Amateur Forum Group is put in ‘idle mode’. Proposals for new work should be provided via a CEPT administration directly to WG FM before a task is assigned to the RA FG. In this case in the future, the administration suggesting new work should also provide a candidate for the chairmanship of this forum group. Since the revisions of the deliverables on the radio amateur service have been finalised (T/R 61-01, T/R 61-02, ECC/REC/(05)06 and ERC Report 32), the remaining tasks are of administrative nature and handled by the ECO.
  • WG FM agreed in principle to close Project Team FM55 and thanked the Chairman Andrew Gowans (United Kingdom) for the work done. This decision will be confirmed at the next WGFM meeting and WG FM just waits for the discussions in the EC before final closure of the Project team at the next WG FM meeting. 
  • WG FM intends to open a new Project Team for future railway mobile communications after arrival of the ETSI system reference document TR 103 333 on future GSM-R network evolution. CEPT administrations are requested to consider volunteering a chairman for the new Project Team. 


Other decisions and liaison statements:

  • In order to keep the information and to assist the administrations, radio interface specifications for harmonised spectrum use with restrictions are needed in EFIS (subclasses of class 2). EFIS/MG and the ECO are tasked to work on this.
  • WG FM agreed to send a liaison statement to WG SE and Project Team SE24 considering the possible introduction of high power (500 mW) Narrowband Networked SRDs (NBN SRD), including Network Relay Points (NRPs), operating in the RFID interrogator channels in the band 915-921 MHz.
  • WG FM approved an explanatory paper related to RLAN equipment using the 5 GHz bands in vehicles, including the usage under the non-specific SRD regulation. The paper will be referenced in the INTRODUCTION section of ERC/REC 70-03 and also published on the ECC website and in EFIS.
  • WG FM approved a CEPT contribution to ITU-R WP 5C to assist the ITU with Resolution 59-1 towards a worldwide and/or regional harmonisation of tuning ranges for PMSE, contributing ERC Recommendation 25-10.
  • WG FM approved a CEPT contribution to ITU-R WP 5A to assist the ITU on various work items related to land mobile systems below 470 MHz, contributing the recently revised ERC Recommendation T/R 25-08.
  • EFIS/MG was tasked to discuss the terms of footnote ECA 3 in the ERC Report 25 (administrations are urged to remove their unused assignments to broadcasting service in the band 50-54 MHz).
  • WG FM requests WG SE to assist the revision making of ECC Report 066 by reviewing the technical guidance related to the HIRF protection of aircraft from earth stations in the vicinity of and on aerodromes (as defined in ICAO).
  • The work regarding Carrier ID for some satellite applications was closed due to a lack of contributions.
  • WG FM approved a work item on studies for low power audio PMSE in the 960 – 1164 MHz band. FM51 is requested to identify and scope out the requirements for compatibility and sharing studies to be presented to the next meeting of WG FM for consideration; and to develop an ECC Report on regulatory and legal issues in the band and identify those issues that need to be addressed when considering sharing in the band.
  • A new work item for FM51 looking to develop the options for the use of the 2.7 – 2.9 GHz band for wireless cameras was adopted. This may also include a new (or revised) Recommendation addressing cross-border coordination for video PMSE.
  • An invitation to create a Systems Reference Document (SRdoc) on Low Power Wide Area Network (LP-WAN) was agreed to be sent to ETSI (cc to WGSE). Understanding the characteristics of LP-WAN and other innovative SRD network solutions will enable CEPT administrations in future sharing consideration for conventional SRDs and SRD networks to find optimal solutions for equal basis sharing of all these applications.
  • SRD/MG will start working on new entries in ERC Recommendation 70-03 taking into account the draft Addendum to CEPT Report 59, draft ECC Report 261 and draft ECC Report 246. In addition, Annex 9 (inductive applications) of Rec. 70-03 will be revised.
  • A reply liaison statement was agreed to be sent to ETSI on narrowband PMR spectrum sharing in the bands 410-430 MHz and 450-470 MHz.
  • The ECO summary of the WGFM questionnaire to CEPT administrations on national coordination between GSM-R and MFCN was endorsed and will be published in EFIS. 
  • A new topic page on the ECC website for railway communications was agreed. 
  • A CEPT contribution to the ITU BR on the ITU-R questionnaire on railway communications was agreed.
  • WG FM decided that SRD/MG should review the ‘handheld’ requirement for PMR446 and develop a proposal for a reply to ETSI, also noting that it may be important to have a consolidated ETSI opinion on this aspect.
  • WGFM decided to not include the two proposed new entries in the band 1900-1920 MHz at the present time in the Annex 1 of ERC/REC 70-03.
  • WG FM agreed a liaison statement to ETSI to consider the addition of scanning options in the next revisions of EN 300-422 and EN 301-357 for the relevant frequency bands as a general option.
  • WG FM confirmed the study request to WG SE for Ultra-Low-Power (ULP) wireless medical capsule endoscopy applications in the frequency range 430-440 MHz.
  • WG FM agreed to start a revision of ECC Decision (08)01 with the aim to include Urban Rail Systems (pending ECC approval).
  • The tasks for the ECO and the EFIS/MG with regard to the on-going revision of the European Common Allocation Table were agreed. The draft revised ECA Table is scheduled to be ready for public consultation approval in May 2017. Two errors for missing allocations in the ECA were identified by the Office and are seen as a correction; they can be added immediately by the Office following the rules for the ECA Table for allocations.
  • ECC Report 180 providing guidance to CEPT administrations for the provision of data into EFIS will be revised.
  • WG FM discussed the need to have Maritime Forum Group physical meetings during 2017. Considering the limited workload of MARFG (see Work Programme), there was no agreement in WGFM for MARFG to hold physical meetings during 2017.
  • CEPT administrations were invited to provide proposals for possible frequency options for professional use of unmanned aircrafts (drones).  WG FM agreed a liaison statement to ETSI noting the work item for ETSI TR 103 373 - frequency use for professional unmanned aircraft systems; this could be used to support this initiative.
  • WG FM agreed to send a Liaison Statement to WG SE to request  sharing studies based on the information contained in ETSI TR 103 409 – System Reference document for Wireless Power Transmission (WPT) systems for Electric Vehicles (EV) operating in the frequency band 79 - 90 kHz.
  • WG FM will decide at the next meeting open questions with regard the publication format and the tool for test point calculations (TPC) for T-DAB plans.
  • FM54 was tasked to investigate whether a revision of Recommendation T/R 32-02 (UHF maritime onboard communications) may be necessary in the future.
  • The list for the review of ERC/ECC Decision was updated.

Next meetings:

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

WGFM CG MBR: 7-8 December 2016 at the ECO, Copenhagen

30 January - 3 February 2017: WG FM#87 in Luxembourg