The Workshop on the 5G ecosystem of the Eastern Partnership Electronic Communications Regulators Network (hereinafter – the Workshop) was held on 14th May 2019 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The Workshop was organized by the Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC) as the Chair of the Eastern Partnership Electronic Communications Regulators Network (hereinafter – EaPeReg) for 2019, with support of the European Commission.
The representatives of the six Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries, experts of EU Member States, in particular: the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Croatia and the Kingdom of Sweden, as well as experts of the EU4Digital Project (E&Y) participated in the event.
The main purpose of the Workshop was to share the experience of the EU Member States regarding the development of the regulatory framework for the functioning of the 5G ecosystem, which was also of particular interest for further activities of the EaPeReg’s Spectrum Expert Working Group (SEWG).
During the Workshop participants had an opportunity to review information on spectrum sharing in 5G technologies, in particular geographically separated coverage areas by different operators in a same frequency range, as well as solutions and approaches to “blind spot” coverage. Special attention was paid to the development of a long-term spectrum strategy on enabling new frequency bands, as well as 5G development strategies in countries and regions, taking into account the already existing network infrastructure, in particular regarding higher-(millimeter) frequency bands, lower-frequency bands such as 3800-4200 MHz and 470-694 MHz respectively and the road infrastructure.
During the consideration of separate agenda items, the experts of the EU4Digital Project presented the information on the industrial IoT and M2M applications, in particular their practical implementation. In addition, the roadmap towards 5G implementation, 5G use cases were also presented.
Within the framework of the Workshop, the representative of the Office of Electronic Communications of the Republic of Poland (UKE) presented the best practices of conducting frequency auctions (licence granting), and emphasized on the necessity of the allocation of additional frequency resource for currently active radio relay services within the 3.2-3.8 GHz and 26 GHz frequency bands.
The participation of NCCIR representatives in the Workshop is important in terms of obtaining necessary information and getting acquainted with the EU Member States’ experience in developing the regulatory framework for the 5G implementation and conducting relevant auctions/tenders, which will be used in future for the commercial introduction of 5G technologies in Ukraine.