Last week, the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications (CEPT) meeting decided to support part of the L-band (1427-1518MHz) and the C-band (3.4-3.8GHz) for global allocation to mobile broadband at WRC-15.
However, CEPT has agreed a common position to oppose the allocation of the UHF band (470-694MHz) to mobile services. The next step is for the European Common Position to go before each European government for approval.
The L-band is currently allocated to broadcasting services, while the lower C-band is used by fixed satellite services and by broadcasters for contribution links. The UHF spectrum is also used by broadcasters.
The CEPT vote was held in Portugal last week to discuss Europe’s position in preparation for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) WRC-15 Conference in November, which meets every five years to make decisions on the future assignment of spectrum.
EBU (European Broadcasting Union) Director of Technology and Innovation, Simon Fell said: ‘Broadcasters around Europe welcome this decision from CEPT. It is the culmination of three years hard work bringing to the fore the importance of secured access to adequate spectrum for the broadcasting industry.
‘With secured access to the band, European administrations will not only provide certainty to an important industry, but will help secure the investments required to liberate the 700 MHz band, and pave the way for advanced HDTV, UHDTV and hybrid television services for years to come."
Fell went on to say that the EBU also welcomed the European Commission's recommendation to reject co-primary allocation of the 470-694 MHz band in Europe to the mobile service. This was recently published in the Commission's proposal for a Council decision on the WRC-15.
Herman Schepers, Senior Director, Global Spectrum Campaign, GSMA said: ‘The GSMA welcomes the CEPT’s decision to support part of the L-band (1427-1518MHz) and the C-band (3.4-3.8GHz) for global allocation to mobile broadband at WRC-15. The tremendous growth in mobile data traffic means the mobile industry will require additional spectrum to meet increasing demand in future.
‘This outcome is an important step forward in providing national regulators with the flexibility necessary to maintain an optimum mobile experience for consumers and businesses in the years ahead.’
Schepers added: ‘We are also delighted that the CEPT has left open the possibility for a mobile broadband allocation in 2.7-2.9GHz spectrum, an important capacity band that could help tackle the growing need for high bandwidth mobile applications in urban areas. Studies have shown there are realistic scenarios for effective sharing between airport radars and mobile broadband technologies in this band.
“Since there is currently only limited use of the 2.7-2.9 GHz spectrum band in most countries in Europe and around the world, there is significant opportunity for this spectrum to be used much more efficiently in the future. The GSMA encourages countries to support flexibility for this band to be allocated for vital mobile broadband services at WRC-15.’