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PMR Into the future Tuesday 5th December 2000 Hanover International Daventry Paul Jarvis Head of Private Business Systems Radiocommunications Agency.

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1 PMR Into the future Tuesday 5th December 2000 Hanover International Daventry Paul Jarvis Head of Private Business Systems Radiocommunications Agency

2 Who uses the spectrum? A Summary of Who is Using The PBR Spectrum

3 Who uses the spectrum? Summary of spectrum available to: Private Business Radio Public Access Mobile Radio Common Base Station National Public Data Operator Systems BandDual FrequencySingle Frequency Total (MHz) Band 1380010.2500 1 Low Band339348.8625 2 Mid Band248246.500 High Band257517.0625 Band III1237030.3500 4 UHF 13749410.5250 UHF 2206 3 715.3125 2 Totals304127078.8125

4 Who uses the spectrum? Summary of spectrum available to: Radio Paging (Standard) Radio Paging (Short Term Hire) Local Communications Short Range Business Radio (Paging Service) BandTotal (MHz) HF0.3250 5 VHF0.8125 5 UHF0.5125 5 Total Spectrum1.6500

5 Who uses the spectrum? Summary of spectrum available to: Wide Area Paging BandTotal (MHz) VHF1.0500 UHF0.7250 Total Spectrum1.7750

6 Economic Study PBR Response to the Stated Preference Method Survey Approx. 150 responses from 700 invitations Covering Police, Fire, Wide Area, UK general, National & Regional, On Site, On Site Paging and Local Comms. (Only 6 CBS responses) Results from this sample indicate a consumer surplus from PMR licensees of just under £1bn Compared to Cellular £7bn Revenue from PMR licenses £8.845bn RA request a wider participation in future survey - next year.

7 450-470MHz - the problem Existing UK band plan Continental plan (T/R 25-08 Annex 2) UK suffers interference No scope for growth or new technology (TETRA) Spectrum efficiency could be improved

8 450-470MHz - current bandplan

9 450-470MHz - desired band plan

10 Harmonisation (for all bands Y/N) Band is identified for TETRA - we can’t introduce this without realignment Future of analogue in 410-430MHz - closure in favour of TETRA? TETRA 2 to be released in 2005 (200kb/s) Key Issues

11 CEPT Plan for PMR Bands Band 1Low band Mid band High band Band 3 UHF 1 UHF 2

12 Funding - users expected to pay given 5 yrs notice Spectrum Efficiency Scheme Digital/Analogue split Implications for users, suppliers, manufacturers Key Issues

13 General start in UHF2 - after PSRCS rollout completes Notice period required Detailed implementation plan to be drawn up Need industry help - users & suppliers Early localised implementation possible - case by case basis Timescales

14 Meeting Customer Needs E-Licensing Credit Card Payments Availability of Data Converging Computing & Communications Mixed Technology The way forwards

15 Why E-licensing??? 25% of licensing by 2002 100% of licensing by 2004 We are committed to the “Modernising Government White Paper” requirement: “100% of dealings with government to be deliverable electronically by the year 2004. The aim is to make it as easy and simple to do most of the main dealings with government as it is to make a telephone call or choose between TV programmes;” Business E-Strategy Document

16 ‘Intelligent’ Application Forms Mandatory completion of particular fields Method of completion of particular fields system driven, e.g. numbers only can be entered in numerical fields Validation checking e.g. postcode matches address, NGR matches location etc Customer validation - automatic field population

17 Benefits On-line linking to on-screen ‘help’ to assist with completion of the form Intelligent Form Reduced licence issue turn- around times Intelligent electronic forms benefit both the customer & Agency staff Less time spent chasing customers for correct or missing information Greatly reduced data input work Enable technical staff to spend more time on “engineering issues” E-Payment renewals easier to verify and collect

18 PBS Pilot All paging products - January 2001 target date On-site PBR (Local Communications) 40 10 70 Wide Area PBR (One-way Paging & Speech) 40 70 20 On-site PBR (Hospital Paging & Emergency Speech) 40 10 80 On-site PBR (One-way Paging & Speech) 40 10 90 Self-Select PBR (One-way Paging) 40 20 10 Approx. 100 amendments / applications per month

19 How the pilot will work See demonstration Customer logs onto Agency website (internet café, home/work PC, Kiosk, Dealer etc) Completes ELA, general, payment and technical details - then submits ELA electronically Reads information & decides which licence they need The completed ELA arrives electronically into the appropriate RULES workflow mailbox queue

20 Eventually - 100% by 2004 Customer uses Agency website (internet café, home/work PC, Kiosk, Dealer) Completes ELA general, payment and technical details Reads information & decides which licence they need Details sent electronically to RA3 to trigger site Inspection ! Applicant views channel offer details etc through Route 2000 Selection and Assignment made by applicant in straightforward cases Licence issued

21 Customer Option Parameters Site location Antenna Coverage required Equipment - TETRA, Band III etc Power level Modes of transmission (e.g. digital, data, analogue, etc) Other selectable parameters

22 Card-Payments Discussions with banking organisations complete - Endorsement paper to Management Board 20th September 2000 Now able to accept debit/credit card payments for Nov/ Dec 2000 renewals up to £1000 Trials at HQ to be initiated prior to launch PBR Web Pilot to include a form of Card Payment ?

23 Availability of Data Available Radio Channels Monitoring Data Pricing Parameters of license On line query of channel statistics Subsequent checks on monitoring data

24 Equipment Database Admin./Local Lic.Full Engineering Function Antenna Database UMS Monitoring Database Propagation Model Database Terrain Database Clutter Database FIREWALL MASTS INTERNET / RA Web Site RULES ALPACA Electronic Query FormElectronic Appl. Form

25 RULES Firewall Public Interface Separate Server based Technical Databases with Controlled Access ALPACA SMIS connected to all COMMON SHARED ROUTINES e.g. Map Display Monitoring Database RULES Licensing Database Any other tool FILSMSECOMMASTSPOMCO Co-ordination & Site Clearance Read only access Firewall Route 2000 / RULES Data Flow


27 Where might all this take us? Possibilities for the future

28 Telecommunications and computing By the 1980s we had universal telecommunications networks and fixed networks of desktop computers. In the early 1980s radios acquired processing power. The analogue mobile phone becomes possible In the early 1990s the GSM standard is published and digital mobile radio telephony is born In the late 1990s LANs begin to acquire mobility by use of infra-red and radio. Small, light computer devices such as laptops and personal organisers acquire the ability to join and leave networks Can PMR exploit these technologies? are converging

29 So where are we now? Only radio technologies can supply the widespread need for communications on the move. This cannot be provided by a single technology Different technologies will make up the web of networks. The current list includes IMT 2000, GSM, TETRA, Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11, HIPERLAN and numerous others Should manufacturers consider modular systems to combine technologies

30 New Possibilities The NGfL (National Grid for Learning) aims to be a comprehensive programme that includes Government funding for expenditure on hardware, software and networks, as well as for training in the use of information and communications technology in the educational context. Local authorities and bus operators are installing road transport passenger information systems (RTPI) networking vehicles, bus stops, traffic lights, etc Health sector informatics (but no application has been made for radio spectrum as yet)

31 PMR the future The RA are further developing assignment tools Monitoring data is available to integrate with the assignment process The RA will take notice of end user requirements. What does the end user require? Manufacturers and dealers need to provide a solution to the mobile communication needs of the customer. Lets work together to make it a success.

32 What Technologies to Consider Conventional AM/FM TETRA TETRAPOL Astro (meets APCO25) EDACS (FDMA Ericson) iDEN MPT 1327 MPT 1379 (IR 2008) July 2001 Others are detailed in SE23(96)123 rev 5 Are new technologies mature

33 PMR into the future What is the right strategy for the UK What technologies/combination of technologies What frequency bands Do we harmonise all bands SWOT analysis of all options Costs of change or not to change PMR supports most UK businesses PMR MUST SUCCEED

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