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1 More than bandwidth - spectrum harmonisation for wireless broadband in Europe Mark Thomas, ECO Director, WWRF33, Guildford,25th September 2014

2 CEPT footprint: all EU Member States + rest of Europe Footer copy here EU states shown in blue

3 Early wireless....

4 Disorganised chaos becomes organised efficiency Bands allocated to different services Fixed, Maritime Aeronautical, Mobile, Broadcasting Amateur, Experimental 1927: International Radiotelegraph Conference (Washington DC, USA)

5 WRC-15: a very structured process! CEPT preparation for WRC - CPG Establishment of CPG PTs - allocation of the work Final CEPT Positions – CEPT Briefs / European Common Proposals (ECPs) CPG/CPG PTs contributions to ITU-R work / development of ECC views ECP

6 Benefits of international harmonisation Economies of scale Technical efficiency Consumer convenience

7 Harmonisation - technical efficiency When different types of service use the same part of the spectrum, large amounts of land can be sterilised and then can’t be used for either type of service.

8 European regulatory framework for radio spectrum and equipment Read more at eccetsirel/

9 Roles of the three European regulatory organisations CEPT/ECC: Consensus and voluntary character Spectrum designation to systems/applications and technical conditions for its use (48 member countries) European Commission: Single market issues Binding regulations based on the technical expertise of CEPT/ECC and harmonised standards of ETSI (28 Member States) ETSI: European Harmonised standards (EN) for radio equipment ‘System Reference Documents’ (SRDoc) which inform and trigger much of the CEPT/ECC work (over 700 industry members & and European naitonal regulators)

10 ECC Strategic Plan Concentrate on: Expertise The European approach to ITU Cooperation with European Commission Providing a focal point for information (EFIS etc.) Cooperation with other bodies Review Strategic Plan before end-2014

11 ECC tackles topics with big public impact Mobile broadband Broadcasting Cognitive radio Public protection and disaster relief Short range devices......and many more: wireless microphones, environmental satellites, and so on, and so on

12 Harmonised bands for wireless broadband MHz (‘whole sausage?’) 700 MHz (everyone?)60-92 MHz 800 MHz Digital Dividendup to MHz 900MHz GSM -> ECS Band MHz MHz ‘L-Band’ (SDL) 40 MHz 1800MHz GSM -> ECS band 150 MHz 2100 MHz IMT (-> ECS) 160 MHz 2300 MHz ECS with LSAup to 100 MHz 2600 MHz IMT (->ECS) 190 MHz BWA -> mobile 400 MHz UHF long term vision?

13 Footer copy here Wireless broadband:licensed allocations Channelling plans TDD (MHz) 2300 MHz2305 MHz 2310 MHz 2315 MHz 2320 MHz 2325 MHz 2330 MHz 2335 MHz 2340 MHz 2345 MHz 2350 MHz 2355 MHz 2360 MHz 2365 MHz 2370 MHz 2375 MHz 2380 MHz 2385 MHz 2390 MHz 2395 MHz 2400 MHz ‘least restrictive technical conditions’ = ‘Block Edge Mask’ (BEM) G ua rd ba nd Uplink G ap SDL (A) Downlink G ua rd ba nd 9 MHz30 MHz (6 blocks of 5 MHz)5 MHz20 MHz (up to 4 blocks of 5 MHz)30 MHz (6 blocks of 5 MHz) 3 M Hz Technology neutrality is important

14 Footer copy here Wireless broadband: developing the concept Supplemental downlink Wi-fi and ‘traffic off-loading’ Licensed shared access Cognitive radio On 5G, we are already considering it, but we start with an open mind

15 Footer copy here Supplemental downlink Guard band Uplink Gap SDL (A) Downlink Guard band 9 MHz30 MHz (6 blocks of 5 MHz)5 MHz 20 MHz (up to 4 blocks of 5 MHz)30 MHz (6 blocks of 5 MHz) 3 MHz Downlink (base station transmit) 40 MHz (8 blocks of 5 MHz) ECC/DEC (13)03 (1.5 GHz) CEPT Report 53 (700 MHz)

16 Footer copy here Wi-fi and traffic offloading Paying bills is a turn-off (but income pays for investment) Wi-fi and small cells: capacity for operators, as well an alternative to bypassing them?

17 Short range devices Main trends in evolution of EC Decision on SRDs: Old arrangement – many narrow frequency blocks New arrangements – more emphasis on wider, more generic blocks, with similar technical characteristics Take more account of characteristics such as duty cycle Next steps could include more use of ‘cognitive’ elements (e.g. LBT etc.)

18 Tendencies for SRD applications’ use of mitigation techniques Example: New band plan MHz (from ECC Report 189; work triggered by ETSI SRdocs ) Also: ECC Report 182 (Survey about the use of the frequency band MHz) Duty Cycle Mitigation is dominating – Sensing is not part of it !

19 Footer copy here Licensed Shared Access

20 Footer copy here Cognitive Radio CEPT Report 159 A valid incremental step already in action, taking advantage of what technology can deliver. Not seen as ‘magic’ or ‘paradigm transformational’

21 Research organisations participate in ECC’s work Currently 6 ECC project teams are attended by representatives from research projects You can read more about our programme of engagement with research projects at activity activity (ECO contact:

22 ECC’s external participation The ECC depends on active external participation in our work to complement our members’ own experience and technical expertise. Observers can participate in the ECC meetings when issues of mutual interest are placed on the agenda

23 CEPT portal – ECC website Home page: access to news. Direct links to general information –Newsletters –Key topics –Consultations –Presentations –Workshops –Twitter Navigation through tabs Related links Footer copy here

24 CEPT portal – ECC website Deliverables: Access to ECO documentation database –ECC Decision, ECC Recommendation, ECC Report, CEPT Reports Other deliverables –ECO Reports –Agreements Footer copy here

25 CEPT portal – ECC website Tools and services Access to ECO online tools –ECC work programme database –EFIS –SEAMCAT Other services –ECC consultation –ECC questionnaires –ECO circular letters Footer copy here

26 EFIS: lots of spectrum management information

27 Spectrum engineering challenges The requirement for global compatibility amongst many radio systems within a congested radio spectrum introduction of new radio applications technological regulatory economic considerations increasing penetration of the existing radio applications

28 On-line Webstart: Internet connection is needed at least for the installation; during later runs Internet used (if available) to check for updated version Off-line (Windows, Linux, Mac) (Windows only) 1GB RAM needed Java Runtime Environment (RTE) (version 1.7 and above) FREE DOWNLOAD Installing SEAMCAT

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