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CEPT

Overall scope and objectives

CEPT (Conférence Européenne des Post et Telecommunications) is the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations originally with 19 members. Original members were the incumbent monopoly-holding postal and telecommunications administrations. CEPT's activities included co-operation on commercial, operational, regulatory and technical standardisation issues. Until 1988 CEPT also performed standardization work which was transferred to ETSI, The European Telecommunications Standards Institute. The standardization of GSM was mainly done in CEPT. In 1992 the postal and telecommunications operators created their own organisations, Post Europe and ETNO respectively. In conjunction with the European policy of separating postal and telecommunications operations from policy-making and regulatory functions, CEPT became a body of policy-makers and regulators. At the same time, Central and Eastern European Countries became eligible for membership of CEPT. With its 45 members CEPT now covers almost the entire geographical area of Europe. Participation in CEPT is on national basis, so usually the national regulator administers the membership. This means that different stakeholders must coordinate their input with the national contact point, and formally be part of the national delegation.

The work within CEPT is conducted by three autonomous so-called business Committees:

  • The Electronics Communications Committee (ECC)
  • The European Committee for Postal Regulation (CERP)
  • The Committee for ITU Policy (Com-ITU)

For QoSMOS scope, only ECC is of interest and will be further described below.

The European Communications Committee (ECC)

The ECC is the business Committee of CEPT dealing with telecommunications policy on a European level. From the terms of reference we highlight:

  1. [The ECC shall] consider and develop policies on electronic communications activities in  European context, taking account of European and international legislation and regulations
  2. [The ECC shall] develop European common positions and proposals, as appropriate, for use in the framework of international and regional bodies
  3. [The ECC shall] forward plan and harmonise within Europe the efficient use of the radio spectrum, satellite orbits and numbering resources, so as to satisfy the requirements of the users and industry.

We should especially note in the third item: “… the efficient use of the radio spectrum …”.

The ECC produces documents in the categories “decisions”, “recommendations” and “reports”. Decisions can typically be frequency band designations, usually based on ITU-R (WRC and RA) recommendations. Recommendations can typically be guidelines, specifications of measurement methods to be used and frequency planning/frequency coordination. Reports are typically results from studies on different technical topics. This classification reflects also a decision flow:

Reports -> Recommendations -> Decisions

On matters relevant to Cognitive Radio and QoSMOS, the Spectrum Engineering (SE) Work Group has set up a special project team, SE43 on “White Spaces – Cognitive Radio Systems“.