Additional spectrum at UHF

At the meeting of WGFM in September administrations considered SRDoc TR 102 649-2 requesting additional spectrum for RFID and SRDs. They decided that FM 22 should be asked to perform a monitoring study of the band 863 – 870 MHz to determine its present level of occupancy. This is in line with CEPT Report 14, which includes the following recommendations

v. That additional spectrum should only be made available to SRDs on the basis of a clear and demonstrable need. Any analysis of the case for new spectrum should include a valid reason why existing SRD spectrum is unsuitable and must fully take into account the impact on radio services.

A meeting of FM 22 took place at the end of October at which consideration was given to a monitoring study at 863 – 870 MHz. It was agreed that measurements should be made at known hotspots at times of the day when peak traffic was expected.

It was recognised that it would be a comparatively simple to identify suitable hotspots for sites with RFID systems. However, due to the diverse nature of SRDs, the specification of areas where SRDs were concentrated would be more difficult. Nevertheless it was agreed that the highest concentration of SRDs was most likely to occur in urban areas.

FM 22 requested the assistance of ETSI in providing details of busy sites using SRDs and/or RFID that are located in urban areas. Information on other busy installations such as airports, commercial centres and sites of general interest would also be helpful.

FM 22 wishes to perform a preliminary survey during the last quarter of 2008 to verify their method of measurement. A full survey will be carried out across all participating member states during the first quarter of 2009. It is hoped to approve the report at the next meeting of FM 22 in April 2009.

Members of LPRA are requested to provide details of sites that might be suitable for the monitoring study. If possible details should include:

  • The location and contact details for each site
  • An outline description of the installation at each site.
  • The approximate time of day when transmissions will be at their maximum.

The monitoring study represents an essential step in the process towards obtaining additional spectrum. Members of the LPRA are requested to assist by providing details of sites that would be willing to participate in the study. All information on potential sites shall be treated as “commercial in confidence”.

Please send your replies by not later than 15TH December 08 to John Falck .