European Forum for Spectrum Coexistence - 2013

European Forum for Spectrum Coexistence (EFSC)

Brussels, 05 November 2013

Coexistence in spectrum policy: the cornerstone for a ‘Connected Continent’

APWPT presidents attend a public hearing at European Parliament, Brussels.

The Web Page “the railway insider” reports:
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Coexistence in spectrum policy: the cornerstone for a ‘Connected Continent’ 05/11/2013

European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes’ ‘Connected Continent’ proposal offers an opportunity to get future European spectrum policy right on track. The European Forum for Spectrum Coexistence (EFSC) underscores the vital role of coexistence between new and existing radio and fixed equipment to avoid interruption of essential services due to unwanted interference, as discussed today at the European Parliament, in a conference hosted and moderated by MEP Catherine Trautmann.

Harmful interference of new spectrum users with existing radio and fixed services can result not only in lost broadband connections or TV signals, disruption of a live performance, but more importantly in emergency services not being available, and loss of radio signal creating dangerous situations for the railway system or affecting the traffic regularity. It is essential that radio spectrum allocation policy takes into account the potential impact of new radio services on already existing equipment while ensuring that the concept of coexistence is embedded in pan-European thinking.

The EFSC calls upon the European Commission to pursue comprehensive impact assessments on this issue and to provide Member States with clear policy recommendations, in consultation with all concerned stakeholders, in order to ensure high quality connectivity for all consumers and businesses.

MEP Catherine Trautmann commented “Networks govern the lives of the citizens of our modern and connected Europe. A job and growth agenda is nothing without connectivity – whether it is communication networks or transport networks whose safety and reliability are of paramount importance. We are optimists that the ‘Connected Continent’ package contains tools to address not only better connectivity for Europeans, but also to ensure new and existing technologies can work together for a more efficient and integrated Europe.”

CER Executive Director Libor Lochman said: “It is essential that adequate conditions for the coexistence of railway communication devices and public mobile networks (GSM and broadband technologies) are established to ensure safe and uninterrupted train operations in Europe.”

ZVEI Consumer Electronics Division Chairman Hans Wienands pointed out: “The users expect reliable connectivity services, be it at home or while travelling. It is crucial to ensure that next generation smartphones work smoothly next to Connected TV sets, without interference of mobile broadband services and wireless or cable-based broadcast services. Therefore coexistence in a changing electromagnetic environment should be a priority for Europe”.

APWPT Presidents Matthias Fehr and Dré Klaassen highlighted: “While the professional event production is operated for decades in the radio spectrum, it is not asking too much to also ensure that PMSE equipment such as wireless microphones and cameras used to produce the content works free of interference, too.”
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More details are available here: CER - Coexistence in spectrum policy: the cornerstone for a ‘Connected Continent’ and 131105_Coexistence_in_Spectrum_Policy.pdf [154 KB] (APWPT copy)

In an intensive discussion APWPT President, Matthias Fehr, pointed out the interference situation to wireless production tools:

"If you live near a highway the noise limits deemed acceptable by car manufactures are irrelevant: it is the actual noise that you hear in your home which counts".
APWPT makes clear, the problem of out-of-band emissions of new spectrum users with existing spectrum users has been not solved - it is increasing.
Example: the 800 MHz duplex gap is intended to compensate the current PMSE spectrum loss. However, current studies show that 4 MHz of this spectrum still suffer from intensive interference from adjacent new spectrum users. In addition 2 MHz are blocked to protect the new spectrum users against microphones.

In addition:

* APWPT president, Dré Klaassen, did not see a coherent connection to coexistence with existing application or services such as PMSE when the representing of the EC DG CNECT Peter Stuckmann made a statement on the Telecom Single Market and introduced the Digital single Market and ICT.

* Pearle's director Anita Debaere pointed out that PMSE was not only of a national matter as many cultural productions travel not only EU wide but tour globally.

Get the press release: Coexistence in spectrum policy: the cornerstone for a ‘Connected Continent’ [152 KB]

See also:

The European Forum for Spectrum Coexistence (EFSC) calls for EU spectrum policy to ensure that radio and non radio deployed equipments are taken into account when the introduction of new radio services threatens balance in the electromagnetic ecosystem:
New Forum Launching to Promote Future-proofing of EU Spectrum Policy [135 KB] (May 2012)

(Updated 02 January 2014 / 10 October 2015)