TCCA Highlights New EC President’s Commitment to Digital Technology (7/21/14)
Monday, July 21, 2014 | Comments

New European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker committed to make better use of the opportunities offered by digital technologies.

“.... We will need to have the courage to break down national silos in telecoms regulation, in copyright and data protection legislation, in the management of radio waves and in the application of competition law. … Enhancing the use of digital technologies and online services should become a horizontal policy, covering all sectors of the economy and of the public sector,” said President Juncker in the New Start for Europe document.

Emergency services have an increasing demand for access to mobile broadband data services for public protection disaster response (PPDR) operations, said TETRA + Critical Communications Association (TCCA). The establishment of mission-critical mobile broadband data services ideally requires a frequency band located below 1 GHz. An opportunity is opening at 700 MHz. This band is inter alia used by terrestrial broadcasting services, but is expected to be shared or ultimately fully re-allocated to mobile service at the World Radiocommunications Conference in November 2015 (WRC-15).

“Mission-critical broadband services need spectrum to be effective,” said Jeppe Jepsen, director of broadband spectrum for the TCCA. “The PPDR community must not be put in a situation where they are competing with the mass market smartphone users for bandwidth to communicate.”

The PPDR community, through the EU Council’s Law Enforcement Working Party (LEWP), has worked jointly with the spectrum regulator community and concluded that a minimum of 2 x 10 megahertz of spectrum is required for mobile broadband data services, with additional spectrum required to implement voice services, air ground air, direct mode operation and ad hoc networks.

“Combating cross-border crime and terrorism is a common European responsibility,” said President Juncker. “We need to crack down on organized crime, such as human trafficking, smuggling and cybercrime. We must tackle corruption; and we must fight terrorism and counter radicalization.”

To be successful, we must ensure our PPDR first responders are properly supported, TCCA said.

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