Presentation on theme: "WAPECS - A more flexible spectrum management approach Isolde Goggin Chairperson of COMREG, Ireland, and RSPG Rapporteur on WAPECS."— Presentation transcript:
1 RSPG OPINION on WIRELESS ACCESS POLICY FOR ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
2 WAPECS - A more flexible spectrum management approach Isolde Goggin Chairperson of COMREG, Ireland, and RSPG Rapporteur on WAPECS
3 Outline of Presentation Introduction – role of the RSPGBackground – what drove this approach?The WAPECS ConceptSurvey of Member States on WAPECS Frequency BandsThe Public ConsultationThe Opinion of the RSPG
4 The Radio Spectrum Policy Group High level group: assist and advise Commission on radio spectrum policy issuesAdopts opinions addressed to CommissionTo date: digital switchover, spectrum trading, and now WAPECSRSPG deals with high-level strategy: RSCOM adopts technical implementation measuresKeeps a web page at:
5 BACKGROUND What drove this approach? Rapid technology change => explosion in demand for spectrumIncreasing Service ConvergenceNeed for faster, more flexible spectrum accessEU Policy to Encourage InnovationMoves in some MS to Spectrum Trading
6 Definition of WAPECSWAPECS is a framework for the provision of electronic communications services (ECS) within a set of frequency bands to be identified and agreed between European Union Member States in which a range of ECS may be offered on a technology and service neutral basis, provided that certain technical requirements to avoid interference are met, to ensure the effective and efficient use of the spectrum, and the authorisation conditions do not distort competition
7 Topics to be considered Harmonisation v flexibility“Big bang” v natural attrition v phased approachIndustrial policy v consumer policyServices of general interest e.g. broadcasting
10 RSPG Survey of Member States on WAPECS Candidate Bands Survey examined:Frequency bandsBroadcasting (Terrestrial and Satellite)Land Mobile (PMR, PAMR, GSM, 3G)Fixed links (P2P & P2MP)Short Range DevicesLicensing approachesRights that applyObligations that applyEntry feesSpectrum related challenges
11 Public Consultation - 1 Views were sought on: Proposed definition of WAPECSWhat constraints, if any, should there be on spectrum used primarily for broadcasting?What specific rules should be applied to safeguard delivery of Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)?What impact will there be on standardisation?What other challenges should the RSPG consider?Were the proposed steps to achieve the European objectives for WAPECS adequate?
12 Public Consultation - 237 responses received from a wide range of respondentsSome Results:WAPECS definition acceptableScope of WAPECS needed to be better definedWAPECS should include both public and private applicationsDelivery of SGEI must be safeguardedHarmonised use of spectrum important for broadcasting and other services where economies of scale, roaming and interoperability are importantTransition to WAPECS regime should be evolutionary, not revolutionaryRelationship to spectrum trading and liberalisation issues also seen as a key point
13 The Opinion - 1 EU Context Contribution of Spectrum to Lisbon Agenda/i2010Importance of broadband for business and citizen–consumersInfluence of ConvergenceOld style: separate fixed/mobile/broadcasting spectrumNow: services provided over different access networks competing with each otherWAPECS to facilitate converged services and foster innovation and growth
14 The Opinion – 2 Identified constraints Legacy issues arising from existing fees structure & conditionsLack of flexibility: international agreements, long licence durations, no change of use in harmonised bandsExcess of technological prescription in some licencesUse of bands by services pursuing general interest objectives (broadcasting, emergency, etc)Use of bands by non-ECSs (protection) (emergency)
15 The Opinion – 3 Challenges for Member States Ensure enough spectrum to meet demand, without picking winners or jeopardising SGEIIncreasing flexibility and enhancing harmonisationMaintaining a stable and predictable regulatory frameworkAvoiding fragmentation – consider effect of reduced constraints on harmonised bandsFacilitating standardisation through harmonised set of technical requirementsIdentifying transition arrangements to deal smoothly with legacy issues and share burden equitably
16 The Opinion – 4 Long-term policy goals Facilitate rapid access to spectrum for new technologies to promote competitiveness and innovationEnsure a coherent authorisation schemeTechnology neutrality within technical constraints to avoid interference.Service neutrality i.e. Electronic Communications Services (Framework Directive)
17 The Opinion – 5 Transition to a WAPECS framework “Big bang”: disruption/uncertainty for all players (including NRAs)Natural attrition: change licences on expiry - slow, penalises new entrants and consumersPhased approach: implementation packages with target dates.
18 The Opinion – 6 Action Points MS and RSCOM invited to identify:Suitable bands for WAPECSConstraints (technical or other)Measures to improve coherence of authorisation and specify technical requirements for implementation of WAPECS in those bandsDefine implementation packages and actionsFirst implementation phase:Identify suitable bands for short term and agree schedule for implementationReport back to RSPG on any difficulties
19 WAPECS - A more flexible spectrum management approach Thank youQuestions?WAPECS - A more flexible spectrum management approach
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