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The 72nd WGFM meeting on 16-20 May 2011 in Miesbach, Germany, was attended by 118 delegates from 34 Administrations, EC, ECO, ETSI and 16 international organisations.


ECC/ERC Decisions


  1. WGFM approved the new ECC Decision on CB radio to be submitted to the ECC for final approval and publication;
  2. WG FM approved the draft amended ECC Decisions (02)05 on GSM-R and (04)06 on wide band PMR/PAMR to be sent for public consultation, pending on the agreement of the ECC Plenary in June 2011;
  3. WGFM adopted for public consultation the draft revised Decision ECC/DEC/(06)04 containing the Generic UWB regulation;
  4. WGFM agreed to send the revised ERC Decision (01)17 on Ultra-Low-Power-Active-Medical-Implants (ULP-AMI) to the public consultation;
  5. WGFM approved the new ECC Decision on the formal withdrawal of five ERC Decisions (ERC/DEC/(01)02, ERC/DEC/(01)03, ERC/DEC/(01)07, ERC/DEC/(01)10 and ERC/DEC/(01)16) covering short range device applications to the public consultation procedure;
  6. WGFM decided to send the revised ECC Decision (01)03 regarding the ECO Frequency Information System (EFIS) with changes in Annex 2 (application terms) to administration consultation;
  7.  WG FM decided to task the SRD/MG to develop a draft revised ERC Decision (98)25 on analogue PMR446, taking into account the proposals from ETSI.


ECC Recommendations


  1. WGFM adopted the draft ECC Recommendation on indoor GNSS Pseudolites to send to public consultation.


  1. WGFM adopted the draft ECC Recommendation on UWB Location Tracking Type 2 Systems to send to public consultation.


  1. WGFM adopted the draft ECC Recommendation on UWB Location Application for Emergency Services (LAES) to send to public consultation.


WGFM finally adopted two new ECC Recommendations for publication:

  1. ECC Recommendation (11)04 on frequency planning and frequency coordination for terrestrial systems for Mobile Fixed Communications Networks capable of providing electronic communications services in the frequency band 790 – 862 MHz;
  2. ECC Recommendation (11)05 on frequency planning and frequency coordination for terrestrial systems for Mobile Fixed Communications Networks capable of providing electronic communications services in the frequency band 2 500-2 690 MHz.



ECC/ERC Reports


  1. WGFM adopted the ECC Report 167 for publication (practical implementation of registration/coordination mechanisms for UWB Location Tracking Type 2 systems).


  1. WGFM adopted the ECC Report 168 for publication (Indoor GNSS Pseudolites).


c.  WGFM agreed to send the revised ERC Report 25 (European Allocation Table) to the public consultation.


d.  WGFM agreed on the creation of a new ECC Report on frequency management matters for major events such as Olympic Games or World Championships.


Changes in WGFM Project Teams, Project Team- Terms of Reference and new WGFM Vice Chairperson


Ms Christina Reis from the Portuguese Administration was newly elected by WGFM as vice chairperson. Mr Thomas Weilacher from the German Administration was re-appointed as vice chairman of WGFM.


The Project Team FM22 Terms of Reference were changed to include “Develop common and coordinated spectrum monitoring procedures and measurement techniques for field operations including major events”.


WGFM agreed to close FM Project Team FM38 (PMR, PAMR, and PPDR).


WGFM adopted the Terms of Reference for a new Project Team FM49 and appointed Mr Peter Buttenschoen from the German Administration as chairman of PT FM49. PT FM49 will work on radio spectrum issues concerning PPDR applications and scenarios, in particular concerning the broadband high speed communications as requested by PPDR organisations.


WGFM agreed to close FM Project Team FM47 (Ultra-Wideband). All outstanding UWB activities will from now on be handled by the SRD/MG.


WGFM established the new FM Project Team FM50 on the future use of the 1452-1492 MHz band. The appointed chairman is Mr Benoist Deschamps from the French Administration.


WGFM closed the Correspondence Group on ECA matters.


Questionnaires / ECO Circular Letters


  1. 22 administrations answered to the questionnaire sent out by ECO in February 2011 to collect the information on the use of the 28.8365-28.9485 GHz band by FS within CEPT. WGFM agreed instruct ECO to send a reminder to administrations so that those which did not yet answered to it, do it before 30th June 2011.
  2. WGFM adopted the 169 MHz questionnaire (under the new draft mandate from the EC) to be sent to industry and administrations. It was further noted that the results of the questionnaire may impact the reporting to WGFM during the next meeting, i.e. that it cannot be guaranteed at the present time that a final reporting without an interim report could be achieved in October 2011 to WGFM.


  1. WGFM adopted a questionnaire to industry and administrations related to the regulatory consideration of the protection of PMSE in the UHF band in a context of White Space Devices use in the band 470-790 MHz to be sent out by the ECO.


  1. In order to create more awareness of the present situation and on how to respond, FM PT 46 proposed to issue an ECO Circular Letter, to be addressed to the ECC List A Administrations as well as to the WG FM e-mail list, on the elimination of illegal broadcasting on maritime distress frequencies. WGFM endorsed the ECO Circular Letter and instructed ECO to distribute the information.



Other items



WGFM will ask the ECC to endorse the development of a new ECC Decision on Earth stations on mobile platforms in the Ka-band (in parallel, WGFM asks PT FM44 to develop a new ECC Report as a first step towards a new ECC Decision).


WGFM sends Liaison Statements to WGSE to start the following studies:

  1. potential of interference from short range devices into EESS(passive) in the band 122 to 122.25 GHz;
  2. WG SE is mandated to start studies as described in the roadmap for future UHF spectrum use for SRD, RFID, Smart Metering and Smart Grid applications, in the bands 863-870 MHz, 870-876 MHz and 915-921 MHz as well as regarding sharing with adjacent bands;
  3. WG FM decided that the frequency bands 2360 to 2400 MHz as suggested in the ETSI System Reference Document, 2483.5 - 2500 MHz, 1785 - 1805 MHz and 2400 - 2483.5 MHz should be studied for MBANS (Medical Body Area Network Systems) in WGSE; 
  4. WGFM requested WGSE to study the frequency options proposed in the ETSI System Reference Document on industrial wireless applications. The SRD/MG was tasked to provide guidance on the prioritization of the frequency bands;
  5. WGSE is requested to investigate the bands 1920-1980 MHz and 2110-2170 MHz for enabling the use of 3G/IMT base stations onboard aircraft. In parallel, WGFM will ask the ECC for approval to revise ECC Decision (06)07.  


WGFM endorsed a proposal from SRD/MG to provide to the next meeting a proposal for a revised Annex 5 of ERC Recommendation 70-03 (RTTT). This will include a revised scope, the WLAM application and clarifies the usage of the terms ITS in the Recommendation.

Concerning the new SRR (Short Range Radar) regulation and in particular noting the current status of the new draft EC Decision, WGFM decided to task the SRD MG to investigate and develop two options for consideration at the next WGFM meeting. The two options include a) a revised ECC/DEC/(04)10 and b) a separate new ECC Decision on SRR.  WGFM will also seek guidance from the ECC in order to understand whether there is a preference for one option.

WGFM requested the SRD/MG to further investigate the proposal for removal of the 5 GHz WAS/RLAN bands from Annex 3 of the Recommendation 70-03.

WGFM endorsed the roadmap proposal developed by SRD/MG on the future spectrum in UHF for SRD, RFID, Smart Metering/Smart Grid applications. The SRD/MG is further tasked to conduct the demand consolidation, define objectives for further analysis and refine the framework for compatibility and sharing studies. In parallel, the WG SE is  mandated to start studies as described in the roadmap in the bands 863-870 MHz, 870-876 MHz and 915-921 MHz as well as regarding sharing with adjacent bands.


The WGFM correspondence Group on Cognitive Radio Systems (CRS) was tasked to investigate the Authorised Shared Access (ASA) concept. This concept aims to use spectrum in a dynamic way whenever or wherever the incumbent user is not using spectrum. The investigation is not linked to a particular frequency range.




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Ongoing work

  • PMR/PAMR issues and future spectrum use of Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR)
  • Frequency issues for railway purposes
  • European harmonisation of parameters for Citizens' Band radio frequency usage
  • Harmonisation of spectrum for Short Range Devices (SRD)
  • Implementing the SRD Strategy including a review of 863-870 MHz 
  • Monitoring and frequency issues regarding IMT satellite elements
  • Maintenance and further development of EFIS database ( 34 countries provided information to the EFIS system)
  • Coordination of monitoring activities
  • Frequency management matters of satellite communications
  • Digitalisation of the sound broadcasting Band II
  • Studying existing and possible future usage of the L-Band 1452-1492 MHz
  • Preparations for the Civil Military meeting
  • Updating of the European Common Allocation Table (ECA)
  • WRC-12 preparations
  • Review of ERC/ECC Decisions and Recommendations more than five years old 
  • EC Telecom Policies in the area of frequency management
  • Permanent EC Mandate on annual update of the Technical Annex of the EC Decision on SRDs
  • EC Mandate on the Flexible use of the frequency spectrum 
  • Ultra-wide band (UWB) applications
  • Future spectrum use UHF SRD, RFID and Smart Metering wireless radio applications
  • Maritime Radiocommunication related matters
  • Contribution on SRD globaly harmonised frequency usage to ITU-R WP1B
  • Studying direct-air-to-ground communication systems frequency demand 

The contact details of WG FM chairman and vice-chairs and Terms of Reference of WG FM and its project teams can be found by following these links.

ECO contact for WGFM related enquiries: Thomas Weber (ECO)  e-mail "[email protected]" or phone +45 33 89 63 12

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