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Results of the WGFM#90 in Birmingham / UK, 05 - 09 February 2018

17 Feb 2018, 14:00

The WGFM#90 meeting in Birmingham, United Kingdom, on the 5-9 February 2018 was attended by 90 delegates from 31 CEPT administrations and 17 international organisations, EC, ECO and ITU. 

WGFM#90 - Birmingham - February 2018

 The following results have been achieved:

Responses to the European Commission:

  • WGFM adopted the draft Interim Report from CEPT to the European Commission in response to the EC Mandate to CEPT to study the extension of the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) safety-related band at 5.9 GHz for submission to the ECC for final approval and sending it to the European Commission;

  • Draft answers to questions from the European Commission and National administrations related to the future spectrum use of GSM-R and the successor system to GSM-R were agreed by WGFM for submission to the ECC.

ECC Decisions:

  • The new draft new ECC Decision (18)AA for the withdrawal of ECC Decision (15)02 on Broadband Direct-Air-to-Ground in 1900-1920 MHz was approved for public consultation;
  • The new draft new ECC Decision (18)BB for the withdrawal of ECC Decision (07)02 on Broadband Wireless Access systems in 3.4 - 3.8 GHz was approved for public consultation;
  • The new draft new ECC Decision (18)CC for the withdrawal of ERC/DEC/(01)08 (2.4 GHz movement detectors) was approved for public consultation;
  • The draft new ECC Decision (18)DD on ‘The harmonised use, exemption from individual licensing and free circulation and use of land based Earth Stations In-Motion (ESIM) operating with GSO FSS satellite systems in the frequency bands 10.7-12.75 GHz and 14.0-14.5 GHz’ was approved for public consultation;
  • The draft new ECC Decision (18)EE on ‘The harmonised use, exemption from individual licensing and free circulation and use of Earth Stations In-Motion (ESIM) operating with NGSO FSS satellite systems in the frequency bands 10.7-12.75 GHz and 14.0-14.5 GHz’ was approved for public consultation;
  • The draft update of ECC Decision (04)10 for Automotive Short Range Radars (SRR) in 21.65-26.65 GHz was adopted for submission to the ECC for approval for publication;
  • The draft revised ECC Decision (15)05 on PMR446 was adopted for submission to the ECC for final approval for publication.

ECC Recommendations:

  • An editorial update of the Recommendation T/R 61-02 on 'harmonised amateur radio examination certificates (HAREC) was approved;
  • WGFM postponed the final approval of the draft revised ECC Recommendation (05)01 on the 'Harmonisation of automatic measuring methods and data transfer for frequency band registrations' by one meeting cycle, subject to public consultation comment resolution in PT FM22;
  • The draft revision of the Annex 10 (Radio microphone applications including assistive listening devices (ALD), wireless audio and multimedia streaming systems) of ERC Recommendation 70-03 was approved for public consultation. This includes a new entry for Assistive Listening Systems in the frequency range 1656.5-1660.5 MHz;
  • WG FM agreed to task the SRD/MG to develop two new Annexes in ERC Recommendation 70-03 for Wireless Power Transmission (non-beam) and for Medical Data Acquisition applications. In addition, WG FM agreed to send a liaison statement on Wireless Power Transmission applications (non-beam) to CPG to inform about the progress of work in WG FM.

ECC Reports: 

  • The revised ECC Report 180 on ‘Guidance on the interpretation of the requirements of ECC/DEC/(01)03 on EFIS’  was approved for publication;
  • The new ECC Report 268 on ‘Technical and Regulatory Aspects and the Needs for Spectrum Regulation for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)’ was approved for publication;
  • The draft ECC Report 279 on ‘The Use of Earth Stations In-Motion (ESIM) Operating with NGSO Satellite Systems in the 10.7-12.75 GHz and 14-14.5 GHz Bands’ was approved for public consultation;
  • WGFM decided to send the draft ECC Report 280 on satellite solutions for 5G to the ECC. ECC is requested to approve the draft ECC Report 280 for public consultation. WGFM#91 in May 2018 will consider the final approval of the draft ECC Report for publication, after comment resolution in PT FM44. PT FM44 will schedule a dedicated extraordinary meeting to conduct the comment resolution.

WGFM Questionnaires:  

  • WGFM approved a questionnaire to CEPT administrations about the current and future trends for the fixed services and status of other incumbent uses in Europe in the frequency band 5925-6425 MHz;

  • WGFM approved a questionnaire to CEPT administrations on the need for regulation for the license-exempt use of frequencies below 9 kHz.

Groups and WG FM Vice-Chairmen:

  • An update of the Terms of Reference of Project Team FM51 (PMSE) was approved by WGFM;
  • WG FM appointed by election Mr Vincent Durepaire from the French Administration for the position of Vice-chairman of WG FM; 
  • The chairmen of FM22, FM44, FM51, SRD/MG, and EFIS/MG were re-appointed. For the radio amateur and maritime forum groups, acting chairmen were appointed. Administrations are invited to nominate candidates for the MAR/FG until the next WG FM meeting in May 2018. The meeting had a common view that, with regard to the chairmanship for the SRD/MG, the work should continue in the beginning of 2019 without any interruption. Therefore administrations are invited to provide nominations for the SRD/MG chairmanship as early as possible. The appointment of a new SRD/MG chairman is planned for the WG FM meeting in September 2018 which will come into effect in January 2019, but nominations could already be provided for the meeting in May 2018.

Other decisions and liaison statements:

  • WG FM agreed a liaison statement to WGSE (cc SE40) regarding aircraft earth stations in-motion (ESIM) operating with GSO FSS networks and NGSO FSS systems in the frequency band 12.75 - 13.25 GHz. Because of possible follow-up activities, also for WG SE, WG FM kindly invites WG SE not to close its relevant Work Item SE40_29;
  • WG FM approved a CEPT Contribution to ITU-R WP5A about consequential amendments in accordance with Resolution 646 (Rev. WRC-15) to Recommendations ITU-R M.1637, ITU-R M.2009 and ITU-R M.1746, all on PPDR; 
  • WG FM endorsed the draft programme for the CEPT Workshop on spectrum for Unmanned Aircraft Systems - Drones on 29-30 May 2018 in Copenhagen. An updated version of the draft programme will be submitted to the ECC Steering Committee and the official announcement of the workshop is planned subsequently at the middle of February 2018;
  • WG FM agreed a liaison statement to request WG SE to perform technical studies on RMR (Railway Mobile Radio including GSM-R and Future Railway Mobile Communications Systems - FRMCS) in the 900 MHz range as well as in the band 1900-1920 MHz. Related to this, a liaison statement to ECC PT1 was agreed seeking assistance from ECC PT1 to define the least restrictive technical conditions (BEM) required on RMR base stations in uncoordinated deployment in the aforementioned bands, including potential EIRP restrictions for RMR to ensure coexistence with MFCN base stations;
  • WG FM agreed a liaison statement to Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE), to PSRG (Public Safety Radio Group) and to ETSI with regard to the possible withdrawal of ECC Decision (11)04, in particular with regard to PPDR terminals;
  • WG FM approved an explanatory paper related to non-professional Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) use under general authorisations. The explanatory paper will be included in the introduction of ERC Recommendation 70-03;
  • WGFM agreed to send a liaison statement to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, the Radio Group ACEA/CLEPA and to ETSI ERM with a request for information with regard to any implementation in the market of the Wideband Low Activity Mode (WLAM) operating in 24.25-24.50 GHz in the market;
  • WG FM agreed to send a liaison statement to WG SE indicating that SRD/MG should have first a look into the details of the ETSI requests for SRD in data networks (LP-WAN-CSS and UNB systems) and WG SE/SE24 is requested to wait for the results of the considerations of SRD/MG and WG FM before further considering work item SE24_61;
  • WG FM agreed to revise the work item SRD/MG_44 on 57-66 GHz for wideband data transmission systems including the possibility of a potential alignment of the mmWave ITS band and revision of ECC Decision (09)01. In addition, a liaison statement to CPG was approved to inform about the status of work in WG FM and SRD/MG;
  • WG FM agreed to send a study request to WG SE on Railway Mobile Radio (RMR) systems in the 900 MHz range as well as in the 1900-1920 MHz band. In addition, WG FM agreed to send a request to ECC PT1 seeking assistance from PT1 to define the least restrictive technical conditions (BEM) required on Railway Mobile Radio (RMR) base stations, based either on GSM-R or LTE/5G, in an uncoordinated deployment, including potential EIRP restrictions, to ensure coexistence with MFCN base stations receiving below 915 MHz and above 1920 MHz;
  • WGFM agreed to request WG SE (SE24) to conduct studies for ITS in the 5.9 GHz range (Road ITS as well as Urban Rail –CBTC- ITS) within the timeframe of the two EC mandates on ITS and SRD (7th update). This includes amongst others, for LTE-V2X, whether the assumptions and conclusions made in ECC Reports 101 and 228 are valid and coexistence of Smart Tachograph as a new TTT application, different in its usage scenario from road tolling, with ITS. No solution for co-channel operations is expected between ITS-G5 and LTE-V2X based on currently available specifications. The sharing solutions in the band 5855-5925 MHz for ITS-G5 and LTE-V2X should be addressed in the standardisation. Coexistence between Road ITS and Urban Rail (CBTC) ITS: the work is ongoing within ETSI (JTFIR – Joint Task Force ITS-RT);
  • WG FM agreed to task the SRD/MG to consider RLAN operation in automotive vehicles within the range 5150 - 5250 MHz with the aim to amend the explanatory paper for RLAN usage in vehicles and to consider a power limit of 25 mW, which would provide consistency with the power level of RLAN operating under the regulation for non-specific SRDs in the 5.8 GHz band;
  • WG FM updated the list for the review of ERC/ECC Decisions and will submit the update to the ECC;
  • The CEPT Roadmap for 5G was reviewed for the items of which WG FM is concerned;
  • The work item FM57 01was revised to reflect the new timing for the work of FM57, recognizing the additional activity related to the EC Mandate.


    Next meetings:

14 - 18 May 2018                    WGFM#91           Pratteln (near Basel), Switzerland

24 - 28 September 2018        WGFM#92           Vilnius, Lithuania 

04 - 08 February 2019           WGFM#93           (city t.b.d.)

03 - 07 June 2019                   WGFM#94           (Estonia)