The deployment of small cells for 5G across the EU faces many issues in their siting, planning procedures, and permits. A harmonised light deployment regime is therefore essential for 5G rollout as set out in Article 57 of the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC), which is expected to be adopted by the end of 2018. Article 57 of the EECC seeks to significantly reduce the administrative barriers for deploying small-area wireless access points (SAWAP) (Small Cells) that comply with a certain set of characteristics. It hence requires the Commission to specify the physical and technical characteristics such as maximum size, weight and, where appropriate, emission power of those SAWAP that Member States shall not be permitted to subject to any individual town planning permit or other individual prior permit.
Specifically, the workshop will aim to:
- Understand the definition of a SAWAP pursuant to the EECC, in the context of network densification with small cells, which is particularly relevant for 5G deployment.
- Understand to what extent the roll-out of SAWAP currently benefits from different (probably lighter) rules compared to macrocell base stations.
- Identify and understand the main obstacles – technical (including spectrum-related), administrative (e.g. in the town planning approval process), physical (e.g. visual aesthetics) or other for SAWAP roll-out, both indoors and outdoors.
- Consider the parameters for the development of a light deployment regime across the EU for the deployment of SAWAPs, taking into account the applicable scope of exemption from the current rules as well as relevant physical and technical parameters and their respective thresholds.