UK expressed some sympathy for the argument from Sweden but could still agree to the development of a deliverable on this issue justified through an ECC Report.
Norway and the Chairman of FM PT44 recalled that the operation of ESV and of AES in band C and Ku relies on the same principle, and they are considered as Earth stations on mobile platform operated in the FSS. In addition, it would be hardly understandable to have a different deliverable in the Ka band than those developed by CEPT in the C and Ku bands.
The Chairman of FM PT44 also recalled that these ESOMP will be subject to the same regulation than any other uncoordinated FSS Earth station of the FSS in the Ka band, in particular in shared bands.
Denmark supported the development of a Recommendation while Luxembourg, Germany and the Netherlands supported the development of a Decision.
France indicated that it could support the development of an ECC Report as requested by UK and of ECC Decision.
WG FM concluded that it will ask to the ECC the authorisation to develop an ECC Decision on ESOMP in the Ka band and, in parallel, WG FM requested FM PT44 to develop an ECC Report that will have to be available before the ECC Decision is sent to public consultation. This ECC Report should describe the system and provide justification for the need of an ECC Decision.
The ETSI Liaison Officer introduced document FM(11)129 in which it informs the WG FM that a new work item on Earth Stations on Moving Platforms (ESOMP) in Ka band has been approved. A draft of the standard is expected to be available by the end of this year. The Liaison Statement also contains of a list of existing standards which could be of interest to FM44 for developing the ECC regulation. This document was forwarded to FM PT44.
With regard to the 4th work item, the FM PT44 Chairman indicated that the work had not yet started as the Project Team is awaiting the result of an enquiry carried out by SE PT19 on the use of FS bands, including the 17.7-19.7 GHz band.
The WG FM noted document INFO 005, also sent to FM PT44 that was related to this specific issue.
5.3.4ITU-R related activity
The Chairman of FM PT44 indicated that the Project Team received several contributions on ITU-R issue not related to the preparation of WRC.
WG FM noted in particular that FM PT44 has unanimously approved a contribution to ITU-R WP 4C provided in Document FM(11)069 Annex 6, that will be introduced by France on behalf of CEPT.
WG FM also approved the two liaison statements to ETSI / TC SES (Copy ETSI / TC ERM) proposed by FM PT44 provided in Annex 14 and Annex 15 dealing respectively with ITU-R MSS Radio Interfaces and VSAT ITU-R Recommendations revision.
The Chairman of FM PT44 then mentioned that the Project Team considered the issue of spectrum asymmetry in FSS Ku band. A working document towards a preliminary draft new Report ITU-R addressing the inefficiency associated with the asymmetry of existing unplanned FSS uplink/downlink spectrum in the 10-15 GHz band is currently under development. While this is not directly a Region 1 issue, because FSS Ku band allocations are symmetrical in