The Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) made much progress around spectrum for 5G during its 47th Plenary meeting. The meeting, which took place in Lisbon from 27 February to 2 March 2018, also saw ECC make a number of key decisions on a range of spectrum issues: covering IoT/M2M applications, spectrum for drones and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).
Spectrum for 5G
As a result of extensive studies carried out in recent months, ECC reached a key milestone in relation to spectrum for 5G. It approved for public consultation a set of draft deliverables, which provide the harmonised technical conditions for Mobile/Fixed Communications Networks (MFCN) in the bands 3.4 – 3.8 GHz and 24.25-27.5 GHz, as 5G pioneer bands.
Whilst agreement was reached on most of the elements under consideration, ECC is seeking views from the CEPT administrations and interested stakeholders on a few specific items during the public consultation, which ends 6 April 2018. This will support ECC in completing the regulatory framework for 5G in these two bands at its next meeting in July 2018.
Furthermore, ECC also approved for public consultation the draft CEPT Reports, which were produced in response to the EC Mandate on 5G in the 3.5 and 26 GHz bands.
In the context of the CEPT Roadmap for 5G, which foresees a number of different technology solutions playing a role in the future 5G ecosystem, ECC approved for public consultation a draft Report focusing on the role satellite systems can play in achieving this goal.
ECC also discussed the growing interests for 5G in the MFCN bands below 3 GHz and agreed to review the technical conditions in the existing ECC Decisions for the 2.1 GHz, 2.6 GHz and the 900/1800 MHz bands. It was concluded that the 700 MHz, 800 MHz and 1.5 GHz bands are suitable for 5G since the technical conditions in the corresponding ECC Decisions are technology neutral and there is no plan to implement Active Antenna Systems in these bands.
In order to be able to accommodate IoT/M2M applications in the 900 and 1800 MHz bands, ECC approved for publication the revision of the regulatory framework for these bands, which is set up in ECC Decision(06)13. In the revised ECC Decision, technical conditions for IoT cellular systems have been added to the existing conditions for cellular systems, to which the 900 and 1800 MHz bands were already designated.
Spectrum for drones
ECC had initial discussions on the use of MFCN bands for the control and command of, and payload communications for, drones/Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). ECC agreed to develop an ECC Report to evaluate this use. The Committee also endorsed the programme for the workshop on drones to be held on 29 - 30 May 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) at 5.9 GHz
ECC also approved the Interim Report from CEPT to the European Commission in response to the EC Mandate to CEPT to study the extension of the ITS safety-related band at 5.9 GHz. It provides an overview of the ongoing considerations and studies within ECC, which is progressing according to the time schedule of the mandate.
A summary of the outcome from the meeting is available here.
The complete ECC Minutes can be found here.