Radio Spectrum

All mobile communications technologies require spectrum in which to operate and this applies to TETRA and any future Broadband technologies. However, spectrum is a scarce resource and the exponential growth of cellular phones, especially smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices is putting regulators under extreme pressure to find new spectrum for expanded services. 

Critical Communications users are also looking to make use of data intensive applications. Examples include access to centralised databases, patient telemetry, high definition images and video streaming, telecontrol and many other applications. Rather than developing new technologies, the TCCA believes that use should be made of existing technologies and, for high speed data, LTE is an ideal transport mechanism. 

Although some services may be provided by commercial cellular operators we believe that true Mission Critical operation needs to have spectrum that is set aside for Public Safety and Security, PPDR, and for those that protect the critical national infrastructure such as the Utilities and Transport organisations. The TCCA is working with other like-minded organisations to lobby Governments and Regulators to allocate suitable spectrum, particularly below 1GHz.

At the World Radio Conference at the beginning of 2012 a proposal was made to re-assign the 700MHz spectrum for Mobile use on a co-primary basis for Region 1 (Europe, Middle East and Africa). This was accepted in principle and to become effective from 2015 onwards. Regulators are working to decide how to allocate this spectrum and to cope with the refarming that will be required. This decision represents a significant opportunity for the users of Critical Communications and the TCCA is making strong representations to the CEPT, European Commission and other relevant bodies to have some of that spectrum allocated for our users.


The need for spectrum (at 9mins 30secs)

Europolitics article July 2014

Harmonised Spectrum for Critical Communications – an Executive Summary

The need for PPDR Broadband spectrum in the bands below 1 GHz – WIK 2013 

Socioeconomic Value of Mission Critical Mobile. Applications for Public Safety in the EU

Socioeconomic Value of Mission Critical Mobile. Applications for Public Safety in the UK

Other related documents

Analysys Mason report for the TETRA Association

LEWP letter of the RCEG frequency statement

CCBG RG application + service matrix


Draft ECCRep199 on PPDR requirements for ECC

TCCA follw up to EC workshop March 2013

Harmonised dedicated spectrum
– a fundamental requirement for mission crititical communication

PPDR Spectrum Communique May 2013

Examples of extraordinary provisions

Broadband Spectrum for Mission Critical communication needed

European Commission urged to support dedicated PPDR spectrum
Policy Forum Oct 2014