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Spectrum Management Task Force Action Plan 2020

Spectrum Management Task Force Action Plan 2020

Plan for work of the SMTF with focus on the following thematic areas:

  1. RFAT (Harmonisation of Priority Bands: IMT and Emergency Communications)
  2. Cross-Border Interference
  3. Emergency Communications
  4. Spectrum Pricing
  5. WRC-19 Review and Plans for WRC-23
Thematic AreaInitiativeCommentsTime FrameLead
Regional Frequency Allocation Table (RFAT)Collation of National FATs in requested format at central location (CTU).National FAT updates are in train in some jurisdictions and across-the-board changes are required following WRC-19. Jurisdictions to ensure that their current NFATs are communicated to the CTU Secretariat.   Countries to indicate plans for allocation and NFAT in general by providing  updates as requiredQ4 2020                 OngoingSMTF Members                 SMTF Members
Population of a software database with NFAT data from each jurisdictionResearch and recommend database software appropriate to this application   Plan and undertake database population work based on software recommendation and data availabilityQ2 2020       Q2 – Q3 2020SMA Jamaica       CTU Secretariat
 Harmonisation of priority bands.  Identification of priority IMT bands for harmonisation   Receipt and consideration of harmonisation proposals   Assessment of regional bands for regional authorisation (e.g. Auction)Q1 – Q2 2020     Q2 – Q3 2020     Q4 2020SMTF Members     SMTF Chair     SMTF Chair
     
Cross-Border InterferenceFocal Contact PointsTo identify annually and as required, contact info for functional/technical and higher level (Ministerial) coordinators/ key contacts   Compile list of the contacts received and those outstanding for general reference; post on a special SMTF partition on the CTU web site   Obtain focal points for Cuba, Haiti & Dominican RepublicMarch 31st 2020 (Technical/Functional; higher level)     Q2 2020         Mar 2020SMTF Members         CTU Secretariat         CTU Secretariat
Frequency RegistrationSeize opportunities for capacity building and practice on frequency reportingOngoingSMTF Members
Frequency CoordinationFormulate a proposal to ITU for an appropriate new regional coordination exercise  Q2 2020CTU Secretariat
Coordination AgreementsSample agreements to be circulatedMar 2020 & ongoingSMTF Members
     
Emergency CommunicationsFocal contact points for emergency communicationsNeed to clarify and coordinate relevant activities with CITEL   Reach out to CTU member states beyond Task Force/ Steering Committee members for contacts   Post contact list on a new SMTF partition on CTU web siteQ1 2020     Q2 – Q3 2020       Q3 2020CTU Secretariat
Accession to the Tampere ConventionEncourage universal sign on to Tampere Convention. Awareness campaign.   (Concerns of potential signatories to be addressed; CTU may be most suitable to execute this initiative)   Advocate for Caribbean countries to accede to Tampere Convention   Foster coordination among CDEMA and stakeholders like CANTO.   SMTF members to work with local Disaster Management offices to promote initiative   Raise the need for coordination amongst CTU, CDEMA and CANTO at Ministerial meetings. [Follow up on CDEMA Synergy conference]Q1 2020 & Ongoing               Q2 – Q4 2020     Q1 – Q4 2020     Q2 – Q4 2020       Q1 – Q3 2020CTU Secretariat               SMTF members     CTU Secretariat     SMTF members       CTU Secretariat    
Adoption of IARPFoster universal acceptance and adoption of IARP via an awareness campaign.   Call on Caribbean countries to accede to amended IARP convention, which is open for signing at the OAS.   Accession to the amendment to the IARP Convention and Tampere Convention to be raised at CTU Ministerial meetingsQ1 2020 & ongoing       Q2 – Q4 2020         Q1 – Q3 2020IARU and CTU Secretariat     IARU, CTU Secretariat, SMTF Members     CTU Secretariat
Harmonisation of Band Plans for Emergency CommunicationsEstablish list of bands used in each jurisdiction (To be used to inform international/regional agencies);   Examine bands available and make harmonisation recommendations accordingly.  Q1 – Q2 2020       Q2 – Q3 2020ECTEL
Network ResilienceEstablish best practice policy recommendations for network resilience for regulators to develop country policies.   Circulate recommendations of the CCCR to SMTF for considerationQ2 2020CTU Secretariat
     
Spectrum PricingReassessment of spectrum pricing actions proposed in Strategic Plan 2016-2018Review pricing thrusts from Strategic Plan   Agree revised strategic thrusts and determine specific actions to be taken in 2020Feb – May 2020     Q2 2020SMTF Members     SMTF Chair
 Fostering common pricing guidance for advice to regional regulatorsRegulators to share current pricing methodologies   Consider appropriate interim pricing arrangements for emerging broadband mobile and satellite applications, e.g. 5G, HAPS & LEO services.     Capacity building seminar(s) and activities. Explore possible capacity training opportunities through the ITU BR.Feb – May 2020     Q2 – Q4 2020           Q2 – Q4 2020SMTF Members     SMTF Chair           CTU Secretariat
     
WRC-19 Outcomes and ImplicationsIdentifying lessons learnt and determining planning focus for the futureFeedback/reports from WRC-19 attendeesGroup discussions and proposals for effective future actionsSchedules for NFAT updates per WRC-19 outcomesApproach for WRC-23 preparationsFeb – May 2020   May 2020   May 2020   Q2 – Q4 2020CTU Secretariat / SMTF Chairman / SMTF Members