Working Group FM
72nd Meeting of the WG FM
Miesbach, 16 - 20 May 2011
Date issued: 31 May 2011
Source: WG FM
Subject: Minutes of the 72nd WG FM Meeting
1Opening of the Meeting
The 72nd meeting of the WG FM was opened by Mr. Sergey Pastukh (RUS). He welcomed the participants to the meeting and expressed his gratitude to the German Administration for hosting the meeting.
Mr. Pastukh informed the meeting that the ECC appointed him for a second term of office as chairman of the WG FM and promised to make every effort to effectively resolve with the WG FM the frequency management matters in the next 3 years.
Dr. Hahn, head of the department for frequency management of the Federal Network Agency Germany (BNetzA), welcomed the Working Group Frequency Management to Miesbach. He informed the meeting about the history and indicated that Miesbach is not just a suitable base for exploring the centre of Munich or the foothills of the Alps, but is also well-known as the birthplace of a movement to preserve traditional costumes.
He emphasised the very wide scope of tasks of WG FM and underlined its essential role in the European scene in the wider context. Because WG FM is also discussing a new ECC Recommendation on cross border coordination in the 800 MHz band, he stressed that this band already plays an important role in providing broadband services to all citizens in Germany. Germany is now in the process of negotiating the border coordination agreements with its neighbours, and these procedures, too, have great political importance in Germany. The award proceedings, from his point of view, have again proven the general understanding that spectrum regulation needs to take into account all the technical, economical and legal aspects in the international frame.
He also highlighted the importance of other radio applications. Although the frequency bands for Short Range Devices are typically exempted from individual licenses and the spectrum usage is not based on auctions, the economic importance of Short Range Devices should not be underestimated. Overall, Short Range Devices could be considered what is sometimes called a "hidden champion", and it is essential that the needs of the different applications are all treated equally.