Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) held a meeting in Toulouse, France between 18 and 21 June 2013

Published 15.08.2013 The 34th ECC plenary was held in Toulouse, France in June 2013. During the meeting, a new chairman was designated for the CPG group and a working group was set up to study a long-term vision for the UHF frequency band. In addition, frequency issues related to wireless microphones and wireless cameras were discussed. Furthermore, there were initial plans for clarification of the UWB regulation as well as for the 3.4–3.8 GHz mobile broadband.

Alexander Kühn, the CPG's new chairman

The ECC appointed Alexander Kühn (Germany) as the new chairman for the ECC conference's preparatory group (CPG). Kühn replaces the previous chairman Steve Bond, who passed away suddenly in May. Kühn has been the vice chairman for the CPG since 2013 and the chairman for one of the CPG's sub-working groups. The CPG's task is to coordinate and prepare pan-European standpoints for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC 2015).

Long-term vision for the UHF frequency band

The ECC plenary set up a new group (Task Group 6 - TG6) to study the long-term vision for the UHF frequency band. The group's work focuses on the frequency band 470–694 MHz, and the work's results are used to complement the on-going studies of the frequency band 700 MHz. The objective of the work is to draw up a comprehensive plan on the use of the frequencies in the UHF band, especially in aspect of the technical development of the systems. For the most part, the study is technical and regulatory, but also possible economic implications are taken into consideration.

More information about the subject can be found in the ECC's announcement ("ECC announces major study to develop a long term vision on UHF frequency band").

Frequencies for wireless radio microphones and cameras

The changes in the frequency use in the frequency band under 3 GHz are reducing those bands that have been previously allocated for wireless radio microphones and cameras. These systems are used among others in TV and radio production, concerts, theatres and various events, and the use continues to increase. A draft to the European Commission's mandate on alternative and substitutive frequency bands that can be allocated for wireless cameras was approved by the ECC for public consultation. The use of so called tuning areas is presented in the solution. The tuning areas would enable the use of cameras in different countries on different frequencies in accordance with the user's choice. When using the equipment, it would be possible to select one frequency band out of eight, between 1.95 GHz - 8.5 GHz. Thus, the use of the same equipment would be possible all over Europe.

The ECC decided to delay sending the reply to the EC mandate on radio microphones, in order to study in more detail the usability of the bands 800 MHz and 1,800 MHz for radio microphones, taking into account interferences that the mobile networks in adjacent bands may cause. The result of the additional study may be a more positive view on the suitable frequency bands for radio microphones as well as on the amount of frequencies.

Technical parameters for ultra-wideband (UWB) are updated

Despite expectations, the UWB technology has not become common. Therefore, technical parameters are updated, in order to make it easier for equipment manufacturers to plan their products and for users to adopt new products. Among the most common applications used within the UWB technology are various radar and imaging applications (e.g. ground penetrating radar) as well as sensor and location applications. The usability of technology for various transport system applications is also under examination. The plenary approved a report to the European Commission about the update of the technical parameters for UWB equipment so that they are in accordance with the valid and corresponding ECC decision.

Regulatory framework for mobile broadband 3,400–3,800 MHz completed in the near future

The plenary approved the draft for the European Commission's mandate for public consultation (CEPT Report 49). In addition, the ECC approved a draft report for consultation (ECC Report 203). The results of the report create a technical basis for the technical regulation of this frequency band at the ECC.

Other decisions and reports approved at the plenary:

  • Clearing the L Band to be used as a supplementary band for downloading in the mobile traffic (SDL - Supplementary Down Link). The old decision, where the frequency band was allocated to satellite radio (S-DAB), was withdrawn. Harmonic allocation of the frequency band 1,452–1,492 MHz for mobile networks in Europe is now possible. More about the subject in the ECC December 2012 newsletter.
  • The ECC Decision ECC/DEC/(06)13 on GSM technology was amended. The amendment enables the use of different technologies in the frequency bands 880–915 MHz, 925–960 MHz, 1,710–1,785 MHz and 1,805–1,880 MHz that are allocated for GSM mobile networks. New technologies are UMTS, LTE and WiMAX.
  • The ECC replied (CEPT Report 47) to the Commission's mandate on applications that can be added to the EFIS frequency database.
  • In pursuance of the amendment of the DECT decision, an old restriction on fixed installations was removed from the decision. The restriction prevented exemption of the equipment from licencing.

See also:
Electronic Communications Committee, ECO
Chairman's report of the ECC assembly 2013

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