Resolution on Narrowband Point to Multipoint Systems Adopted by European Regulating Authorities’ Umbrella Organization CEPT.
Montegrotto/Berlin, 4 October 2013. CEPT, the umbrella organization of European regulating authorities, adopted a resolution on NP2M technology at the 78th meeting of its Working Group on Frequency Management (WGFM), which ends today Montegrotto. This paves the way of further qualitative and quantitative developments in paging and Narrowband Point to Multipoint Systems (NP2M) in Europe.
After comprehensive analysis, the Working Group on Frequency Management (WGFM) of the European regulators’ umbrella organization CEPT adopted a resolution on NP2M technology at its 78 meeting in Montegrotto, northern Italy. The unanimously adopted “Liaison Statement” to the European standardization body ETSI paves the way for further qualitative and quantitative development of paging and NP2M in Europe – far beyond the borders of the EU.
CEPT’s work on the resolution was initiated by an ETSI system reference
document on NP2M, TR 103 102. In its document, ETSI proposed the
allocation of frequency bands in the 440 - 470 MHz range in Europe, to
be internationally harmonized as far as possible. CEPT’s resolution in
Montegrotto now follows this recommendation. The resolutions on NP2M are
recorded in the following documents:
The Working Group on Frequency Management (WGFM) is led by its president Sergey Pastukh (Russian Federation) and vice-president Thomas Weilacher (German Federal Network Agency, Germany).
NP2M, a specialized technology in mobile wireless networks, permits
applications that would not be possible with other systems. NP2M is very
economical in its energy and spectrum requirements. Its narrow
bandwidth in particular makes this technology well suited to provide
uniform nationwide or even European coverage for alerting and
In Germany and France, e*Message operates nationwide digital paging networks based on NP2M. Frequencies are allocated by CEPT members, the national regulating authorities. e*Message holds frequency assignments that are renewable in 2025. As an international confirmation of the European e*Message Group’s operating platform, the Montegrotto resolution is an important building block for future developments.
e*Message is a member of the European chapter of the Critical Messaging Association (CMA). Dr. Dietmar Gollnick, Managing Director of e*Message, is a member of the Board of Directors of the European organization. In 2010 in Charleston, South Carolina, he received the first “CMA Annual industry Service Award” for innovation in the name of the e*Message Group.
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CEPT is the Copenhagen-based umbrella organization founded in 1959 to
promote cooperation between the governmental regulating agencies of 48
European countries. CEPT is organized in two committees, responsible for
post and for telecommunications, and in several working groups. In
addition to the members of the European Community, its membership
includes other European states and three Asian countries. Germany is
represented in CEPT by the German Federal Network Agency, Bonn. CEPT
members cooperate in the fields of commercial, operational, regulatory
and technical standardization. Part of the Working Group on Frequency
Management’s (WGFM) responsibility is planning the efficient use of
radio frequencies. The WGFM generally meets twice a year for a week-long
The non-profit institution based in Sophia Antipolis, southern France,
was founded in 1988 at the initiative of CEPT, and is the European
Union’s officially recognized organization for standardization. CEPT and
ETSI collaborate closely in the European standardization and regulation
of radio communication systems and devices. ETSI’s goal is to create
standards that are applicable worldwide for information and
communication technologies. ETSI’s members include more than 700
organizations in 62 countries, including network operators, service
providers, government agencies and manufacturers.
e*Message, with subsidiaries in Germany and France, is the leader in the
European continental paging market and owns and operates its own
independent networks. The e*Message group provides the services e*BOS,
e*Cityruf, Alphapage*, e*Warn and more over its own paging networks.
These services are used by hundreds of thousands of individuals,
government agencies, institutions and renowned companies. e*Message
constantly transfers innovative ideas to existing and new services.
e*Message Europe was founded and acquired the paging operations of Deutsche Telekom AG and France Télécom in 2000, and has been developing them continuously ever since. The group’s head offices are in Berlin and Paris. Since 2005 e*Message has also been the operator of e*Dispatch, a powerful trunked radio network for voice and data in the Berlin–Brandenburg region.