Here is what Andreas had to say on harmonisation, the 700MHz band and commercial network sharing…
IIR: In your opinion, can we foresee a harmonised allocation of spectrum suitable for public safety in the near future?
AG: Harmonised spectrum for PPDR is an important element for ensuring cross-border operations as well as low cost equipment. In line with the RSPP, the Commission is examining this possibility; to start with, at the technical level, the Commission has issued two mandates to CEPT, which also deal with the possibility of using harmonised spectrum for PPDR. The results are not expected until November 2014 (2 GHz band) and March 2016 (700 MHz band).
IIR: What are your views surrounding the 700MHz Band Plan?
AG: If it is decided to switch the 700 MHz band from DTT to IMT use throughout Europe after WRC-15, broadband PPDR applications are certainly a potential candidate for this band, in particular if based on commercial wireless broadband technology, which would lower equipment cost. For this reason, the Mandate of the Commission to CEPT contains the task to develop harmonised conditions equally applicable to commercial and PPDR wireless broadband use. This does not necessarily mean an exclusively dedicated harmonised band for PPDR. This would also facilitate a flexible yet interoperable use of the 700 MHz band for PPDR according to national demand.
IIR: Is commercial network sharing a viable option? If yes or no- please explain why
AG: The public safety (PPDR) sector delivers a public service to the society. Investments in police and public safety communications networks and their maintenance costs are normally entirely funded from public authorities’ budgets. Therefore, it is difficult to predict the number of countries in Europe that will be able to roll out public safety broadband networks and we cannot reserve dedicated spectrum which may never be used by a network. The option of shared use with commercial mobile networks (there could be several scenarios) should be considered properly and put in practice as much as possible.
The Commission has launched a Call for Tender for the study “Use of commercial mobile networks and equipment for “mission-critical” high-speed broadband communications in specific sectors”. The study, which is focussing on PPDR, Utilities and Transport sectors, should provide factual basis and evidence about this topic.
Andreas Geiss, will be presenting the Keynote Opening Introduction: The future development of spectrum for Critical Communications & Telecommunication at 9:00am on Wednesday 9th October 2013
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