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Real Wireless and Tech4i2 to create EU report on licence-exempt equipment for European Commission


sensors.jpgReal Wireless and Tech4i2 are assessing the extent and range of licence-exempt equipment being sold and used in the EU till 2030 in a study for the European Commission.

The study will be used to help the Commission in achieving its goal of releasing sufficient licence-exempt and harmonised (EU level) spectrum for future wireless innovation. Concluding in September 2015, the study will enable a clearer understanding of the use of harmonised frequency bands by different categories of radio equipment in Europe. This is considered essential information for planning current and future spectrum requirements and managing congestion.

Also being examined is how the condition of such equipment differs between Europe and other regions. This report follows previous work by the Commission in constructing an inventory of equipment operating in licensed spectrum. The analysis will cover the full range of license-exempt equipment, including Wi-Fi, garage door openers, baby monitors, and even key fobs.

“This will be an important study for how the European Commission examines harmonised spectrum, and could impact a significant number of current and future markets,” said Professor Paul Foley, Director at Tech4i2. “At a workshop in Brussels on 10 March 2015 we will be presenting an overview of the project to interested stakeholders. As part of this, we will be seeking responses from attendees to our initial research, which will highlight current capacity, as well as potential radio equipment and spectrum requirements to 2030.”

Considerations will be made on the use of such equipment fitting into existing spectrum without excessive congestion. The document will also focus on identifying new bands – where positive action could be taken to stimulate currently dormant, but potentially valuable markets.

“The European Commission is keen to promote the shared use of radio spectrum resources, in order to foster innovation in new and existing markets,” said Professor Simon Saunders, director of Technology at Real Wireless. “Real Wireless brings extensive expertise in both assessing the current landscape, and providing a detailed forecast of future spectrum requirements that can be used by regulators and businesses across Europe.”

The results of the Real Wireless and Tech4i2 study will support the implementation of the Article 9 ‘Inventory’ of the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP). This will develop a reliable approximation approach for assessing the medium and long-term spectrum usage densities in harmonised licence-exempt bands. It will also compare devices and spectrum policies for licence-exempt spectrum in Europe and the US as input to discussions on achieving greater trans-Atlantic scale economies for radio equipment in the context of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).


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