Public Safety Future Networks – European Update

Public Safety Future Networks – European Update
Thomas Weber, ECO Spectrum Manangement
Future Network & Mobile Summit 2013, 4 July 2013
Existing framework and CEPT ECC Deliverables
regarding Work on PPDR in the ECC
Definitions PPDR (e.g. terms such as PP1, PP2 and DR) are in:
Policy Framework
Report ITU-R M.2033 “Radiocommunication objectives and requirements for public protection
and disaster relief”, 2003
ECC Report 102 “Public protection and disaster relief spectrum requirements”, January 2007 –
ECC Report 102 follows ITU-R M.2033 – no need for additional definitions
Decision 243/2012/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 March 2012
establishing a multiannual radio spectrum policy programme (RSPP) -> it includes paragraph 8.3
on PPDR spectrum, i.e. spectrum identification for BB-PPDR can be linked to the RSPP! An
RSPG Work Group on “Sectoral Needs” deals with PPDR spectrum requirements and develops
a report.
ECC Decision (08)05 of 27 June 2008 “on the harmonisation of frequency bands for the
implementation of digital Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) radio
applications in bands within the 380-470 MHz range” is widely implemented in CEPT
and covers air interfaces up to TETRA TEDS, i.e. narrowband and wideband PPDR. In
addition, other ECC decisions, e.g. ECC/DEC/(06)05 for Air-Ground-Air PPDR
communications and ERC/DEC/(01)19 for Direct Mode Communications exist.
Work on Broadband PPDR in the ECC
Existing Deliverables:
• ECC Recommendation (08)04 “The identification of frequency bands for the implementation of
Broad Band Disaster Relief (BBDR) radio applications in the 5 GHz frequency range”, October
2008 – this is for local PP2 and DR actions, two frequency options: 4940-4990 MHz or 51505250 MHz subject to national implementation considerations. Implemented by around 20
administrations so far.
• ECC Recommendation (11)09 on Location Applications for Emergency Services; UWB
application-> ECO will check implementation in Feb./Mrz 2013 soon and provide an update
information; LAES supports very precise location information (e.g. Inside of a burning building)
for use by emergency services
Ongoing work in ECC WGFM Project Team FM49:
WGFM “Implementation Roadmap for the Mobile Broadband applications for the Public
Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR)”, doc FM(12)084_Annex14 sets the stage for work on
broadband PPDR in CEPT – work in two steps – first: assessment of the demand, second:
spectrum identification
WGFM Project Team FM49
ECC Report 199 on user requirements and spectrum needs for the future European broadband PPDR
system (Wide Area Network) has been approved by WGFM
This ECC Report is the first deliverable in accordance with the ECC WG FM “Implementation Roadmap for the
Mobile Broadband applications for the Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR)” . It addresses the user
requirements and the spectrum needs for the future European broadband PPDR system (Wide Area Network).
This roadmap envisages that a subsequent ECC Report will address the possible harmonisation options which
support the implementation of the user requirements and spectrum needs.
It is recognised that the PPDR sector, including the associated radiocommunications, is a sovereign national
matter, and that the PPDR needs of European countries may vary to a significant extent. Therefore, this and
future ECC deliverables dealing with the issues related to harmonisation of the PPDR sector in Europe attempt to
aid the creation of a high level European regulatory and technical framework for BB PPDR rather than to define
the detailed regulatory and technical aspects. Such a framework would enable the deployment “under
harmonised conditions” of interoperable BB PPDR systems capable of efficient cross-border PPDR operations
(see art.8.3 of the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme).
The ECC Report 199 covers mainly demand for BB PPDR Wide Area Network (WAN) but also BB
PPDR temporary additional capacity (ad-hoc networks)
The report describes the three PPDR operational environments, namely day-to-day operations
(category “PP1”), large emergency and/or public events (category “PP2”) and disasters (category “DR”)
It also addresses the PPDR related airborne communications and Direct Mode Operation capability but
to a lesser extent.
Studies in progresspreliminary conclusions and related work
ECC Report 199 foresees a demand for BB-PPDR for wide area networks of about 2 x 10 MHz.
Investigations were performed for a 400 MHz as well as 700 MHz “solution” based on LTE air
interfaces. PT FM49 has begun work on a second ECC Report concerning the frequency options
for frequency identification. Spectrum Studies in 400 MHz and 700 MHz are beginning now.
Both the 400 MHz and 700 MHz options (as well other options) are discussed. 400 MHz options
are based on lower bandwidth LTE air interfaces than 700 MHz LTE options but with potential to
be earlier on the market and less costly due to the potential reuse of existing
narrowband/wideband PPDR infrastructure.
Spectrum idendification work is also linked to Agenda Item 1.3 of WRC-15: to review and revise
Resolution 646 (Rev.WRC 12) for broadband public protection and disaster relief (PPDR), in
accordance with Resolution 648 [COM6/11] (WRC 12).
CEPT also received a mandate on the 2 GHz ”Unpaired Bands” 1900-1920 MHz and 2010-2025
MHz for identification of the future use in these bands. PPDR is one of the indicated application
fields in the mandate. Current work focusses on Direct-Air-to-Ground and PMSE applications. An
interim report will be established by May 2013 (ad hoc planned for meeting 9 May 2013). BBPPDR Direct Mode (video links) and ground-air (e.g. helicopter use case) can technically be
linked to PMSE use cases – same applications but different users, i.e. PPDR or civil use
Under discussion – important issues
Keeping the European Interoperability, possibly worldwide
The ranges (400 MHz, 700 MHz)
The sovereign bandwidth demands (2x10 MHz minimum plus 2x max national needs)
The type of network organisation (dedicated, commercial, hybrid)
Bands for temporary use (ad-hoc, DR, ground-air, remote controlled ground/air vehicles, DMO on
site and for destroyed infrastructure)
Other Related Activities
APT: Similar to the activities in PT FM49 that led to the publication of ECC Report 199, APT agreed
now on a liaison statement to ITU-R WP5A to inform about AWG’s work on development of a new
report on the mission critical PPDR broadband requirements that AWG believed could support
WP5A to updating the ITU-R report M.2033 or creating a new ITU-R Report on broadband PPDR
requirements. The new APT Report 34 on Studies for the Efficient Interoperability between Satellite
and Terrestrial Services in the Area of Disaster Mitigation and Relief was approved.
Arab countries: The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced on 22 May
2013 its band plan for 700 MHz and announced the release of spectrum in the 800 MHz band for
mobile broadband services. The TRA believes that allocating these bands to mobile broadband with
the equivalent global device ecosystems will best serve the UAE public interest, driving down costs
and minimising interference along borders. By combining the 800 MHz band plan for Europe,
Middle East and Africa with the lower duplexer (2 X 30 MHz) – as a baseline - of the Asia Pacific
(APT) 700 MHz band, UAE will be the first country in the ITU Region 1 to reap the benefits of both
bands, which will support affordable network rollout, benefiting more of the population with mobile
broadband connectivity. The recent UAE TRA decision is to allocate the 700 MHz for 2X30 MHz of
the APT-700 FDD Band 28 as a baseline with the mention of additional 2X10 MHz and 5 MHz
(DMO) for PPDR.
Other Related Activities- including the Satellite (II)
Proposed use of the 1995-2010 // 2185-2200 MHz MSS spectrum for the establishment of a joint
satellite-terrestrial network to provide connectivity for PPDR users. Consider the design and
economics of such a solution compared with a network at 700 MHz (which is currently the
favoured solution by the PPDR industry). Hearing at EC level on 10 June 2013 regarding the
future use of the 2 GHz MSS bands.
The US government has established an expert working group called ‘FirstNet’, which is discussing
the same approach. ‘FirstNet’ proposes a co-operation with MNOs for the terrestrial roll-out in the
dedicated 700 MHz band plus the usage of satellite broadband in rural areas.
Other projects (e.g. Absolute project) try to describe a flexible platform based on LTE-A solutions
for emergency communications by developing a quick and reconfigurable network with high
capacity impact. This can typically be achieved via geostationary satellites in L-, S-Band, and for
backhauling in Ka-Band, with dynamic spectrum management capabilities.
ETSI has the lead of the standardisation activities under the so-called space standardisation
mandate. The embedded presentation provides an overview on the stakeholders and activities. A
new ETSI Technical Report has been published that provides an overview of present satellite
emergency communications resources – ETSI TR 102 641.
Thank You for the Attention
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Thomas Weber
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