The European Commission held this workshop to seek a way forward for the most efficient way to use the spectrum in these bands considering both existing and potential new uses.

The 870-876 and 915-921 bands have been the object of interest from different spectrum users. Railway communications are amongst existing civil users (based on GSM-R 2G technology) and are working on setting up a future communication system. Passive UHF RFID tags and networked SRDs are also interested in using these bands and CEPT recently presented possible harmonization measures for these bands in the Addendum to CEPT Report 59. These competing needs should be evaluated to determine how to use these spectrum bands most efficiently, while noting that also existing military use in some Member States – which was not subject of this workshop – will have to be considered.

The European Commission aims to obtain further clarity on these new possible uses in terms of use cases, economic and societal impact and what the minimum requirements of each of them would be. The cross-border dimension of the respective services is also of relevance. These elements of information and the supporting evidence will contribute to the preparation of discussions with Member States within the Radio Spectrum Committee to find an appropriate solution that can support as many possible uses as possible.

The agenda and the presentations as well as the recording of the workshop are now available.


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