The 8th Meeting of the CEPT Working Group on Preparation for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 was held in Stockholm

The 8th meeting of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations Working group on preparation for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (hereinafter – CPG-19) was held from the 20th to the 24th of May 2019, in Stockholm, the Kingdom of Sweden, in which the NCCIR’s delegation participated.

Overall, the meeting was attended by the representatives of the communication administrations, national regulatory authorities and radio frequency resource management authorities of the European Conference of Communications Administrations (hereinafter – CEPT) Members, the coordinators and specialists of the CEPT European Communications Office, as well as representatives of the interested international telecommunication organizations.

The main objective of the event was to coordinate the common position of European countries on a number of agenda items of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (hereinafter – WRC-19). The abovementioned position will be presented by CEPT as one of the largest regional organizations (Region 1 of the International Telecommunication Union (hereinafter – ITU) at the WRC-19, to be held in October-November 2019.

During the meeting, all agenda items to be submitted for the WRC-19 were considered. There was a number of agenda items that sparked heated discussions, namely:

  • 1.13. Frequency band identification for the future development of IMT. The main purpose of the item is to determine (global harmonization) the “high frequency bands” for 5G in the international Radio Regulations (hereinafter – RR). Thus, in the course of active discussions, it was noted that CEPT supports the ITU study of the 24.5-86 GHz frequency bands. The following frequency bands were included in the draft of the European Common Position (hereinafter –ECP):
  • 24,25-27,5 GHz (the European Commission adopted an implementing decision to harmonize this radio spectrum);
  • 40,5-43,5 GHz, the distribution of which is supported upon certain regulatory conditions; according to the CEPT representatives, this frequency band has potential for future harmonization in Europe;
  • 66-71 GHz, which provides for equal access to the frequency band for IMT systems and wireless access systems operating in high frequency ranges (WGWS).
  • 1.15. Frequency bands identification above 275 GHz for terrestrial mobile and fixed services;
  • 1.16. Wireless access systems (WAS/RLAN) in the 5150-5925 MHz frequency band.

Thus, the most controversial matter was the 5725-5850 MHz frequency band, for which the two versions of the ECP have been developed and submitted for consideration by the working group: “no changes to the RR” and “distribution of the mobile service with a national note to the RR”. Contributions from France and Italy containing the research results demonstrating interoperability issues between RLAN, radars, smart tachographs and electronic toll collection (ETC) systems were considered during the meeting. It was decided to continue working on the “no changes to the IRR” option and, simultaneously, in order to increase the number of countries that could support this ECP, inform the Working Group on Frequency Management (WGFM) on initiating a new working matter regarding the definition of harmonized conditions for countries that would opt for an outdoor use of RLAN at the national level.

  • 1.5. The use of the band 17.7-19.7 GHz and 27.5-29.5 GHz earth stations in motion (ESIM), in particular, the CEPT supported the use of ESIM in the abovementioned frequency bands under certain regulatory conditions.
  • 9.1.1. Resolution 212 (WRC-15) on the implementation of IMT in the 1885-2025 MHz and 2110-2200 MHz frequency bands. Within the framework of this agenda item, the CEPT representatives consider the protection of the mobile satellite service (uplink), which is currently prescribed in the IRR.
  • 9.1.2. IMT and radiocommunication service compatibility in the 1452-1492 MHz frequency band.

CEPT harmonized the 1452-1492 MHz frequency band as an additional downlink for the mobile service and supports the protection of such application from the radio broadcasting satellite service. It was proposed to restrict the power flux density on the surface of the Earth generated by the space stations of the broadcasting satellite service in accordance with Article 21 of the RR, except for the list of countries willing to maintain the coordination procedure under item 9.11, since they possess stations with a more stringent protection requirement (for example, air telemetry systems), including Ukraine. During the meeting, experts of the NCCIR conducted negotiations with the representatives of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania on the signing of the technical and Procedural order for using the 1427-1518 MHz band by terrestrial systems in the border regions to ensure the protection of Ukraine’s air-telemetry systems from IMT stations of neighboring countries.

In addition, it was announced that the next meeting of the working group is to be held in August, during which the overall European position on each of the WRC-19 agenda items should be approved.

The participation of the NCCIR’s delegation in the CPG-19 meetings is important in the context of ensuring the consideration of Ukraine's position in the development of the ECP, as well as for further work aimed at protecting Ukraine's interests in the use of radio frequency resource at the international level.