After two years of exclusively digital events, the LS telcom Spectrum Summit conference was once again held at the company's headquarters in Lichtenau / Baden
Lichtenau, 13.07.2023 – LS telcom AG, the leading provider of solutions and services for the efficient use of spectrum, organized the Spectrum Summit conference 2023 at the end of June at its headquarters in Lichtenau, Germany. It was the 27th edition of the event that the company, which was founded in 1992, holds every year.
130 participants from 27 countries came to the Spectrum Summit in Lichtenau to discuss the latest trends and developments in spectrum management. The theme of this year's event was "Radio Spectrum: Accelerating Digital Transformation."
"In the last two years the conference was successfully held digitally but the personal interaction at an in person event is irreplaceable. Therefore, we are very happy to welcome our customers and partners again this year to our headquarters in Lichtenau." said Roland Götz, the COO of LS telcom AG, and he continued "the Spectrum Summit has grown into a hallmark event, attracting industry leaders, policymakers, and visionaries from around the world. It has become a platform where ideas converge, innovations flourish, and partnerships thrive.”
Radio frequencies play a central role in shaping the future of digital technologies. They are a key enabler of the rapid change currently taking place across all industries, enabling unprecedented connectivity and innovation. Participants at the event had the opportunity to gain insight into a wide range of topics, including 5G, dynamic spectrum management, licensing, and spectrum coordination, through informative presentations and stimulating discussions.
Renowned international speakers discussed topics such as maximizing the potential of dynamic spectrum management and the importance of clean spectrum as the basis for successful special events, such as sporting events. Participants had the opportunity to share valuable experiences on licensing, planning and implementation of 5G private wireless networks.
The LS telcom team also provided its guests with various demo stations, where they were able to test software developments and products for optimal spectrum use and efficient spectrum utilization by means of individual presentations and live demonstrations.
For more information on the LS telcom Spectrum Summit conference, including future events and updates, please visit https://www.lstelcom.com.
Cambridge, UK, 14.02.2023 – Ranplan Wireless, an independent provider of network planning and optimisation software solutions, has signed a global reseller partnership agreement with LS telcom, a leader of system solutions, consulting and engineering services for critical radio communications, spectrum management and radio monitoring.
LS telcom will incorporate Ranplan’s pioneering indoor wireless network planning software featuring advanced 3D building modelling, automatic network optimisation and 3D RF propagation simulations into its portfolio.
The complexity of new wireless technologies and the array of use cases requiring dependable connectivity necessitates the use of accurate network planning software to deliver the expected service. The new partnership between LS telcom and Ranplan will support an ecosystem of companies to conquer the growing challenges of delivering reliable 5G, 4G, IoT, Wi-Fi, Public Safety and Private Wireless connectivity to a mixture of indoor and outdoor environments.
“With customers in over 100 countries, we look forward to supporting LS telcom in the introduction of Ranplan software to enterprises, government bodies and utility companies,” commented Anthony Sutton, Chief Commercial Officer for Ranplan. “By leveraging Ranplan’s HetNet planning software, LS telcom can enable their customers to achieve greater network design accuracy, optimise system configuration and mitigate network interference; all within the planning stage.”
“With Ranplan software for indoor planning, we are extending our comprehensive portfolio for wireless network operators especially in the private and critical communication sector,” explained Roland Götz, Chief Operational Officer of LS telcom. “The partnership with Ranplan Wireless will furthermore strengthen our role as a truly one-stop-shop for public and private network operators as well as telecommunications regulators.”
About LS telcom
LS telcom is the world's leading provider of technologies and consulting services for the efficient use of radio spectrum. We optimize spectrum management and usage, enabling efficient, reliable, interference-free and secure radio services and networks in all markets. Our portfolio includes consulting and measurement services, as well as integrated solutions for planning, analysis, monitoring and management of radio infrastructure.
Spectrum users in numerous industries rely on our radio experts and products. Our customers in over 100 countries include regulatory authorities, mobile, and broadcast network operators, ministries, organizations with security tasks, traffic, transport, utility and industrial companies.
As a globally active company, LS telcom AG has subsidiaries and holdings in Australia, Bosnia Herzegovina, China, Germany, France, Great Britain, Canada, South Africa, Hungary, India, the USA, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as representative offices in Argentina, and Oman. Our headquarters are located in Lichtenau, Baden, Germany.
LS telcom AG has been listed on the German Stock Exchange since 2001 with the securities identification number ISIN DE 0005754402.
About Ranplan Wireless
Ranplan Wireless pioneers software solutions that help perfect the design, optimisation and automation of in-building and urban outdoor wireless networks, either in isolation or in coordination. Our solutions enable an ecosystem of companies to deploy next generation wireless networks for a range of applications, supporting multiple technologies such as 4G LTE, 5G, Wi-Fi, IoT, TETRA and P25, providing end users with an unmatched quality of experience.
Ranplan Wireless is a subsidiary of Ranplan Group AB (Nasdaq First North: RPLAN) whose head office is in Stockholm, Sweden. The group operates out of offices in the UK, USA and China.
For further information, visit www.ranplanwireless.com
Contract signed with Zambia Information and Communications Technology Regulatory Authority (ZICTA) for the supply of a spectrum monitoring and management system.
Lichtenau, 21.12.2022 - LS telcom has successfully won an international tender and secured another major project on the African continent. A contract for the supply of a nationwide spectrum monitoring system and a spectrum management system with a total value of EUR 4.7 million has been signed with the Information and Communications Technology Regulatory Authority in Zambia.
The spectrum monitoring system offered is based on the proven LS OBERVER platform and includes fixed monitoring stations at several locations in Zambia, monitoring vehicles as well as transportable monitoring devices, all of which are monitored and controlled by a central monitoring control center.
With mySPECTRA, the world's leading system solution for spectrum management will be implemented. As part of the project, relevant licensing processes will be digitized and automated. In addition, an online portal will be provided, which will allow license applicants to submit applications online and to pay license fees online.
"We are extremely happy to welcome ZICTA as another regulatory authority as a new customer of LS telcom. With the system solutions we offer and our experience in implementing such systems, we are convinced to provide ZICTA with the necessary tools to efficiently and effectively manage the valuable resource of radio spectrum" says CEO Dr. Georg Schöne.
With its holistic approach of a fully integrated spectrum monitoring and management system, ZICTA is well positioned to meet the future requirements of a networked and digital society from a regulatory perspective.
With the signed contract LS telcom confirms its leading role in the African regulatory market.
The Australian Government has approved the commencement of a major project that will upgrade Defence’s electromagnetic spectrum management capability
Lichtenau, 29.06.2022 – LS telcom AG is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, LS telcom Australia Pty Ltd has secured a contract, in value 19.8 million AUD (EUR 13.3 million) including GST, with Department of Defence. LS telcom is proud to be chosen by the Australian Government for its global experience and specialist knowledge to upgrade and sustain Defence’s electromagnetic spectrum management capability. LS telcom Australia Pty Ltd will build up its local capability and presence in Canberra for both delivery and sustainment phases of the project.
Electromagnetic spectrum is a contested and congested resource that has become a key domain especially for military use. It is a critical communication resource which is used across several industries and enables crucial services to send and receive information via electronic devices including satellites and radios. The success of Defence operations and homeland protection is strongly dependent on the knowledge about the current electromagnetic spectrum landscape and the sanity of the used Spectrum Segments. This secures reliable radio communication during military operations and the differentiation between friendly and hostile communications. The investment the Australian Defence Force is taking will enable them staying on top of the raising wireless communication and device control challenges during operations both domestically and overseas.
Defence has initiated this Project for replacing ageing technology by implementing the newest and most advanced solution worldwide. It is based on LS telcom’s flagship product mySPECTRA, consisting of an integrated Spectrum analysis package centralised but also autonomous operating databases and a powerful workflow, case optimized workflow engine.
With this, Defence will have an enhanced spectrum management capability that utilises modern, interoperable, and secure communications technology, combatting the rising threat from information and cyber-attacks.
The initial Project will be delivered over the next three years with the option to be extended with two additional three years periods to support and maintain the implemented system.
LS telcom looks forward to cooperating with Department of Defence and its Defence Industry Partners on this exciting and challenging Project.
This year's Spectrum Summit of LS telcom AG will again take place digitally on June 29, 2022, following the success of the previous year.
Lichtenau, 09.06.2022 - The Spectrum Summit has been an annual summer event of LS telcom AG for 26 years now. While it normally attracts visitors from all over the world to the town of Lichtenau, home to LS telcom's headquarters and home to just under 5,000 souls, this year the Summit will once again be held digitally due to the current situation, but also after last year's great success. While a digital format cannot replace the personal contacts of a live event, the reach of the international summit in terms of participants and participating nations can even be significantly increased in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way through digitization. the Digital Spectrum Summit will in no way be inferior to its predecessors in terms of the quality of the event. Participants will again experience inspiring impulses, exciting discussions and the opportunity to exchange ideas with experts and decision-makers on current technology trends and developments relating to the resource of radio.
After the welcome and an interview, this year's program will include two live panel discussions, each followed by a "studio magazine" on the topic.
Spectrum has been shared between services for decades, but pressure on demand for spectrum means sharing is becoming an increasingly serious issue. The panel, "Spectrum Sharing - getting serious," will present some of the more innovative technical and regulatory approaches that are maximizing the efficiency of spectrum sharing. The second panel discussion, "Specialized 5G Applications," will be dedicated to the growing use of private 5G networks and will showcase examples of how enterprises are increasingly realizing the benefits of 5G and taking advantage of it in specialized applications.
The virtual event is free to attend. For more information on the Digital Spectrum Summit, please visit our website: www.spectrum-summit.com
LS telcom AG looks forward to a promising Digital Spectrum Summit and welcomes international visitors to this event digitally.
LS telcom AG's annual Spectrum Summit was held digitally for the first time this year - a complete success
Lichtenau, 01.07.2021 - It's done! The 25th Spectrum Summit came to a successful end today after two days filled with high-ranking speakers. The Spectrum Summit has been an annual summer event of LS telcom AG for 25 years now. While it normally draws visitors from around the world to the town of Lichtenau, home to LS telcom's headquarters and home to nearly 5,000 souls, this year's Summit was held digitally for the first time due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. Despite the fact that there was no need for personal contacts and direct exchange between visitors, LS telcom customers and international spectrum experts, the Digital Spectrum Summit was in no way inferior to its predecessors: With around 380 registered participants from 85 countries and thus several time zones, the digital format proved that, just like the face-to-face event, it can bring together participants from all over the world.
Over the course of two days, current developments in the telecommunications industry were the subject of live panel discussions with high-ranking speakers from regulatory authorities, network operators, science and industry, as well as the LS telcom group itself. The titles of the discussions were "The Challenge of the C-Band" (Day 1) and "5G Campus Networks - The German Approach" (Day 2). This was followed by the new "Studio Magazine" format, which offered further interesting and entertaining presentations, discussions and interviews with numerous high-profile guests around the day's topic. To cover the numerous time zones from which LS telcom customers and visitors come, there was a replay of the live session as a recording in the evening.
"We are pleased that the Digital Spectrum Summit attracted so many international experts and that even a year of Covid forced break and format change to digital did not diminish the popularity of the event. The record number of participants was only made possible by the digitalization of the event," said Roland Götz, COO and Member of the Board of LS telcom AG. "
"Of course, a digital format cannot create a comparable atmosphere and replace all the personal contacts of a live event, but it is important to see the benefits as well. We have been able to significantly increase the reach of the Spectrum Summit in terms of attendees and participating nations through digitization, and just as importantly in today's world, we have done so in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner by virtually eliminating the burden of long, time-consuming and costly travel."
Nevertheless, LS telcom AG is now also looking forward to welcoming participants to the Spectrum Summit again next year, perhaps even as a "hybrid event"!
LS telcom AG secures further orders - SPECTRA system guarantees interference-free radio frequencies at the Football World Cup
Lichtenau, 06.04.2021 - LS telcom AG is pleased about further orders totaling EUR 2.2 million from authorities in Asia and the Gulf region.
The Baden-based company is particularly proud that its SPECTRA system will now, for the first time, ensure interference-free distribution of radio frequencies at the upcoming 2022 Football World Cup, as it has already done for various Olympic Games.
LS telcom AG has been active on the global market for 30 years and specializes in the management and planning of radio frequencies. Since the end of 2020, the company has been able to report on a whole range of new orders and has significantly increased its order backlog compared to the previous year.
The Executive Board is very confident about the future of the company, especially since decisions in favor of LS telcom are also expected shortly in other procurement procedures.
Lichtenau, 15th of March 2021 – LS telcom AG has received another order for the modernization and maintenance of a spectrum management system. The project has a total value of EUR 2.3 million and will be executed for a European regulatory authority.
Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of LS telcom AG's IPO, the award of the contract continues the flow of positive news the company started late last year and further expands its order book.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, various procurement procedures and contract conclusions had been delayed for LS telcom AG last year. Since December 2020, the Baden-based specialists for radio frequency management and planning have been able to report several new orders with handsome contract values.
The Executive Board of LS telcom expects further orders from procurement procedures still in progress in the near future.
LS telcom AG continues to be successful
Lichtenau, Germany, 12.02.2021 – LS telcom AG receives an order worth EUR 1.8 million for the modernization and maintenance of a spectrum management system.
LS telcom AG is back on track for success. The Baden-based specialist for the management and planning of radio frequencies has been awarded the modernization and maintenance of a spectrum management system for a Southeast European regulatory authority. The contract has a volume of EUR 1.8 million and includes options for additional business on a substantial scale.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, various procurement procedures and contract conclusions had been delayed. After LS telcom AG was already able to secure several large project contracts for itself in December 2020, the company is further expanding its order backlog with this latest order. The Executive Board of LS telcom is confident that it will be able to record further similar successes in the near future.
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This year, LS telcom's 24th USERgroup was held digitally for the first time - a step towards a promising digital future!
Lichtenau, 20th of November 2020 – It is done! The 24th USERgroup conference of LS telcom took place from the beginning to the middle of November. Usually the conference forms an essential part of a customer week held annually at the LS telcom AG headquarters in Lichtenau. Adapted to the prevailing COVID-19 situation, the USERgroup was realized digitally for the first time this year. Anyone who purchases an LS telcom product and thus simultaneously receives free membership can participate in the USERgroup: an independent group of users for users.
What had previously been viewed with healthy scepticism proved to be a successful concept at the end of the 1st Digital USERgroup: the digital format of the 24th USERgroup was particularly well received, which was reflected in the record number of participants. With almost 250 users from over 45 countries and thus several time zones ranging from Australia to South America, this year's USERgroup surpassed its predecessors in many ways. Even though this year the cultivation of personal relationships and the associated break and table discussions were missing, it was nevertheless possible to create a cross-continental bond and to exchange information digitally about product innovations, current market developments and outlooks as well as user needs.
"We are very happy that the digital format of the event was immediately accepted so positively by our customers. The very positive feedback from all participants is both a reward and an incentive for us," says Roland Götz, COO and member of the Executive Board of LS telcom AG. "Not least due to the fact that the participants were spared often long and costly journeys, the reach of the event was significantly increased. Even if classic events will be possible again after Corona, this digital format will continue to exist and will be integrated into the future concept of the USERgroup.
To build on the success of the 1st Digital USERgroup, LS telcom invites you to another digital event: The LS Digital Exhibition is a virtual realized version of the exhibition of the above mentioned Spectrum Summit and will open its digital gates from December 1st - 3rd, 2020. During four market-specific live video streams, participants will get an insight into LS telcom’s product and service portfolio and learn more about the innovative Smart Spectrum Solutions. Further information can be found on the company's website https://www.lstelcom.com
LS telcom would like to thank all participants of the 1st Digital USERgroup for their contribution to the success of the conference once again and is looking forward to an equally large number of participants for the upcoming LS Digital Exhibition.
Lichtenau/Baden, Germany, 7th October 2020 – NCA has decided to replace their existing spectrum management system in order to benefit from the vast experience of LS telcom. With this step, NCA will substantially modernize its spectrum management system and get a fully integrated and automated solution.
The contract was already signed end of July 2020 with our partner. NCA and LS telcom finalized the design review workshops that were all conducted remotely by video conferences, and also a first system version was delivered to Ghana.
This underlines the capability of the LS telcom team to ensure business continuity even during COVID-19 pandemic conditions, applying latest technology not only in our system products but also when it comes to supporting and servicing our customers worldwide.
NCA is considered an important project in LS telcom’s strategic growth on the African continent. This extends our customer base to another English speaking country and is also the first implementation of mySPECTRA in Africa.
More information about LS telcom’s spectrum management solution mySPECTRA: www.LStelcom.com/myspectra
Order income from regulatory authorities worth EUR 5.3 million
Lichtenau, Baden Württemberg, August 4, 2020 - Last week the LS telcom group of companies recorded a gratifying order intake with a total volume of approximately EUR 5.3 million. Regulatory authorities of two African countries each commissioned the company to deliver a system for national radio frequency management, the so-called Spectrum Management. With these systems the regulators will, among other things, award and manage the licences for new mobile networks. In order to ensure that the license conditions are complied with at each transmission site and that the radio transmitters do not cause interference to other users, LS telcom AG is also to supply a comprehensive national radio monitoring system in one of the countries.
The importance of the use of the radio spectrum has grown steadily in recent years. New technologies, broadband services, digitization and automation projects in industry and also in the private sector are leading to a significantly increasing number of users and devices, all of which rely on highly available, reliable, interference-free connectivity via wireless networks. National spectrum management, which means not only the optimized allocation and assignment of the limited national radio spectrum resource, but also includes the control of the actual use of these radio frequencies by continuous high quality radio monitoring, is therefore immensely important for a country's economy. Last but not least, especially in the current times of the Covid-19 pandemic, good radio coverage is essential for broadband services to support distributed working as much as possible, but also for the dissemination of information to people via regular audio and TV broadcasting services.
"We are all the more pleased about the acquisition of these two new customers and the contracts that have now been concluded, as the Corona pandemic meant that we had to conduct the entire negotiations remotely via telephone and video conferences. ", Dr. Manfred Lebherz, Spokesman of the Executive Board of LS telcom AG, says "The delivery and installation of these systems under the current pandemic conditions remains a challenge, but we will successfully overcome these potential hurdles by involving our regional subsidiaries and local partners where necessary.”
The LS telcom Group is a leader in terms of both technology and the number of installations of integrated spectrum management and radio monitoring systems worldwide.
The African market has played an important role for LS telcom for many years. LS telcom has already successfully implemented projects here with customers in 24 countries. These two new customers further extend the international reach of the LS telcom Group with customers globally in well over 100 countries.
TÜViT und LS telcom unterzeichnen Kooperationsvertrag
Essen, NRW - Lichtenau, Baden Württemberg, 25. Juni 2020 – In dieser Woche haben TÜViT und LS telcom einen Kooperationsvertrag unterzeichnet. Der baut auf eine schon seit Jahren bestehende erfolgreiche Zusammenarbeit zwischen den Häusern auf.
Beide Unternehmen haben mit Ihrem Portfolio seit Jahren ein festes Standbein in der Telekommunikation. Die neue Partnerschaft kommt gerade zum richtigen Zeitpunkt, denn im Telekommunikationssektor ist derzeit viel Bewegung. Das liegt zum einen an der Corona Pandemie, die deutlich macht, wie wichtig sichere Telekommunikationsinfrastrukturen als Basis der erfolgreichen Digitalisierung sind. Auf der anderen Seite wurden gerade im letzten Jahr die Lizenzen für den neuen 5G Mobilfunkstandard versteigert. Die Zahl der Industrieunternehmen und kommunalen Einrichtungen wächst, die in Zukunft ihr eigenes 5G-Campusnetz betreiben wollen. Der Beratungs- und Dienstleistungsbedarf ist daher hoch. Vom Frequenzantrag über das Netzdesign und die Funknetzplanung bis hin zur Systemauswahl und Integration stellen sich viele Fragen. Bei allem gilt, die ITK-Sicherheit von Anfang an mit zu berücksichtigen, ob auf Komponenten, System oder Organisationsebene.
Die Kooperation der TÜViT und LS telcom vereint komplementäres Know-how in genau diesen Bereichen und positioniert einen leistungsfähigen neuen Lösungsanbieter am TK-Markt. Interessenten bieten die Vertragspartner ein bedarfsorientiertes, verlässliches und sicheres Rund-um-Paket für Konzeption, Aufbau und Betrieb von Campusnetzen. „Ob Internet der Dinge, Industrie 4.0 oder Maschine-zu-Maschine-Kommunikation, die Planung von Campusnetzen ist eine komplexe Aufgabe. Es bedarf einer technisch und wirtschaftlich einwandfreien Netzplanung“, erläutert Roland Götz, COO und Vorstandsmitglied der LS telcom AG. „Besonderes Augenmerk muss dabei außerdem auf den sicheren Datenaustausch und auf Funkschutz gelegt werden. Die Funkinfrastruktur ist mit dem firmeninternen IT-Netz verbunden und die gesamte Netzinfrastruktur muss Abhörsicherheit, Schutz vor Hackern, Störsicherheit und extrem hohe Netzzuverlässigkeit bieten“, so Dirk Kretzschmar, Geschäftsführer von TÜViT und Mitglied der Konzerngeschäftsleitung der TÜV NORD GROUP.
LS telcom ist weltweit führender Anbieter von Technologien und Beratungsdienstleistungen für die effiziente Nutzung des Funkfrequenzspektrums in allen Funkdiensten. TÜViT ist Experte für die Prüfung und Zertifizierung der Sicherheit in der ITK-Branche. Daneben erbringt das Unternehmen Beratungsdienstleistungen im TK- und IT-Umfeld.
Lichtenau / Baden-Württemberg, Germany, February 18th, 2020 - LS telcom AG, a provider of technologies and consulting services for the efficient use of the radio spectrum based in Lichtenau, Baden, Germany, was one of the first companies in Germany to be awarded a 5G frequency block by the Federal Network Agency to operate its own 5G campus network.
National 5G frequency spectrum was already auctioned in Germany in the summer of 2019 to the mobile network operators Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica and Vodafone as well as the new entrant 1&1 Drillisch. What is actually special about the generation change to 5G in Germany, however, is the fact that the Federal Network Agency has this time reserved frequencies exclusively for local, so-called campus networks in addition to the classic licences for the nationwide mobile network operators. For the first time, this offers companies the opportunity to implement their own individual network tailored to their applications and needs and thus become independent of the classic mobile network operators.
LS telcom AG is one of the first companies in Germany to have successfully applied for and received frequencies for a campus network and will use the frequencies received in the 3.7 - 3.8 GHz range for internal communication and processes, as well as for the further development of its business areas and as a test field for customers: in future, the company's own communication network will be able to transmit much larger amounts of data (e.g. for IT, measurement or high-resolution image data) securely, wirelessly and almost in real time. In addition, customer-specific system solutions with large bandwidths and high latency requirements can be tested in real 5G environments. This includes applications for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0, as well as radio and measurement systems that are integrated, configured and tested before commissioning and delivery to customers.
"Driven by digitalization and Industry 4.0, reliable, highly available and secure radio networks are gaining enormously in importance. The award of campus licenses for proprietary networks is an enormous opportunity for very large industrial companies as well as medium-sized and even small businesses. The low license fees enable companies of all sizes to develop solutions that make the best use of this technology and thus benefit from the advantages of 5G," explains Roland Götz, COO and Member of the Executive Board of LS telcom AG.
"The provision of licenses for so-called campus networks by the German Federal Network Agency has a major signal effect internationally. This puts Germany in a pioneering role worldwide," Götz continues.
LS telcom accompanies companies as they take the step into digitalization and already provides support during the application process for the allocation of 5G frequencies. It also offers a unique all-round concept for the design, planning, management, monitoring and analysis of secure and reliable radio infrastructure.
More information about LS telcom products and services for industry: https://www.lstelcom.com/en/solutions-for/industries-oil-gas
Recommendation for a new definition of exclusive use – study produced by LS telcom on behalf of UK Spectrum Policy Forum
London, UK - Lichtenau/Baden, Germany, 6 February 2020 – Ofcom state that the licences they issue are not exclusive. But what defines the “exclusive spectrum use”?
The report launched today, “The characteristics which justify exclusive use of spectrum” (prepared by LS telcom and published by UK Spectrum Policy Forum) works to address this question. It also highlights how spectrum authorisation and sharing operates in the context of the existing regulatory framework and in the light of Ofcom’s new shared access licensing regime.
The definition of ‘exclusive’ is addressed in the context of spectrum authorisation where a primary objective is to secure the efficient use of spectrum. It further examined whether the current UK spectrum licensing framework provides enough flexibility to provide enough spectrum to users in all geographic locations in the UK and whether changes should be made to Ofcom’s current authorisation framework.
The report presents three main findings:
- A definition of “exclusive spectrum use” which it recommends Ofcom and other stakeholders to use in the future, “user access to spectrum over a defined area which provides a predictable incoming and outgoing interference environment and the ability to deploy services in accordance with the user requirements as and when the user requires”.
- Ofcom’s introduction of the shared access licensing regime has increased the flexibility of the spectrum licensing framework and brings significant benefits towards realising universal access to spectrum. However, the report recommends that Government, Ofcom and industry continue to work collaboratively to recognise further opportunities for increasing the flexibility of the spectrum licensing framework where and when appropriate.
- That no immediate changes are necessary to the current spectrum authorisation framework, but recommends that programmes for innovation should be supported to allow for new multi-layered and multi-dimensional approaches for future authorisation decisions and frameworks and to serve future spectrum demand.
Tony Lavender, chair of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum Steering Board commented: “As we move toward a world where shared use of spectrum is increasingly encouraged it’s good to look again at the diverse range of use cases for spectrum to ensure that a portfolio of licencing solutions exists to meet user needs. LS telcom in their report have addressed this question for the UK and made recommendations to policy makers to ensure spectrum authorisation remains sufficiently focused and agile to meet future demand.”
Saul Friedner, co-author of the report at LS telcom adds: “There has been lots of work and progress made in the approaches to spectrum authorisation in the UK in the last few years, however this study highlights how there can still be some further refinements and adjustments such as to the definition of exclusive use and regular reviews of the approaches and continued collaboration to make sure the licensing framework in the UK remains fit for purpose.”
The full report can be found here.
 Ofcom 2018, Enabling opportunities for innovation: Shared access to spectrum supporting mobile Technology, accessed online on 3 February 2020 https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0022/130747/Enabling-opportunities-for-innovation.pdf
As this information relates to Germany-specific rules and regulations, it is only available in German
LS telcom unterstützt Unternehmen bei Anträgen auf Frequenzzuteilungen für 5G-Campus-Netze
Frequenzen für 5G-Campus-Netze beantragen, optimal nutzen, verwalten und schützen - LS telcom hält Workshop zum Antragsverfahren am 13. Februar 2020
Lichtenau, Baden Württemberg, 03. Dezember 2019 – LS telcom unterstützt Unternehmen beim Antragsverfahren für die Frequenzzuteilung von lokalen Frequenznutzungen im Frequenzbereich 3.700-3.800 MHz. Das Antragsverfahren der Bundesnetzagentur ist seit Donnerstag, 21. November 2019, eröffnet.
LS telcom berät Antragsteller in allen Punkten des Antragsverfahrens. Dazu gehört die Erstellung des Frequenznutzungskonzepts für Unternehmen und die Ermittlung des Frequenzbedarfs auf Basis der erforderlichen Kapazitäten und Bandbreiten. Desweiteren unterstützt LS telcom bei den von der Bundesnetzagentur empfohlenen Betreiberabsprachen zwischen angrenzenden Netzbetreibern. Ferner begleitet LS telcom Unternehmen bei der Konzeption, Planung, Beschaffung, dem Aufbau und Betrieb von sicheren firmeneigenen 5G-Campus-Netzen.
Roland Götz, COO und Vorstandsmitglied der LS telcom AG, erklärt: „Unternehmen bereiten sich seit langem auf die Einführung von 5G und Industry 4.0 vor. Mit der Eröffnung des Antragsverfahrens durch die Bundesnetzagentur wird die Planung konkret. LS telcom bietet ein einzigartiges Rundum-Konzept basierend auf Fachwissen, Software, Datenbanksystemen und Messtechnik für die Planung, Verwaltung, Überwachung und Analyse von sicherer und zuverlässiger Funkinfrastruktur in kritischer Umgebung. Die LS telcom AG ist seit vielen Jahren national und international tätig und bietet maßgeschneiderte Funkplanung für Funkanwendungen jeglicher Art. Industrieunternehmen sind bei uns also bestens aufgehoben, wenn es um das Antragsverfahren und den Aufbau von effizienten und einwandfreien 5G-Campus-Netzen geht.“
200 delegates from 34 countries attended Europe’s largest Annual Spectrum Summit, hosted by LS telcom in conjunction with PolicyTracker in Lichtenau / Baden.
Lichtenau / Baden, Germany, 4th July 2019 – “Spectrum for Everyone & Everything” was the theme of the 24th Annual Spectrum Summit concluding yesterday at LS telcom’s headquarters in Lichtenau, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. The conference built upon the many 5G issues from last year’s event and took into consideration recent developments. The agenda featured presentations and panel discussions on new approaches for spectrum access for verticals, on the increasing amount of background noise on radio communication infrastructure and methods to mitigate the problem, as well as TV broadcasting via mobile networks.
The event attracted a variety of representatives and thought leaders from regulatory authorities, mobile and broadcast operators, industries, industry associations, spectrum consultants and research institutes.
The conference opened with a keynote by Harald Berninghaus, Deputy Head of Unit for Digital Society, Frequency Policy and Mobile Communications at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany, on the topic “Spectrum for the wireless age - the challenges ahead”.
In the many controversial debates, different stakeholders presented a diversity of 5G requirements as well as issues that need solving to make 5G available for “everyone & everything”.
“For the success of 5G in Industrial IoT, it is mandatory to have dedicated resources for wireless data communication since reliability in all aspects of operation is essential in the context of a factory or production plant,” explained, for example, Dr.-Ing. Christian Bauer, Lead Developer 5G at TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen, Germany, and elected member of the board of 5G-ACIA (5G Alliance for Connected Industry and Automation).
Clean radio spectrum is essential for the operation of radio services. During the panel “Keeping spectrum clean” a number of panelists raised concerns about the increasing noise due to more wireless devices using the spectrum and non-radio devices (such as computers and fixed line technologies) using ever higher frequencies. “The Amateur radio community struggles with an ever-growing level of electro-magnetic pollution that is crowding in across the radio spectrum from the lowest frequencies up into the VHF bands. In some frequency ranges, efficient and useful radio communication is becoming compromised,” insisted Barry Lewis, Microwave Manager at the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), and continued, “Aftermarket regulation and slowly evolving standards are struggling to be effective in keeping the spectrum clean for all users.” Mitigating techniques and methods against the increasing background noise were also addressed during discussions, such as continuous radio monitoring.
Panelists agreed that progress has been made on more varied licensing and authorization regimes, with BNetzA in Germany having licensed the 3.7 – 3.8 GHz band, and Ofcom having identified that shared access to spectrum can help with market expansion, i.e. targeting areas that are not considered economic by mobile network operators.
Roland Götz, COO and board member of LS telcom AG, concluded: "This year again, we were able to attract renowned international speakers from a great variety of organizations to the Spectrum Summit. Around 200 delegates from impressive 34 nations across the globe were our guests at the LS telcom headquarters in Lichtenau. We are delighted that “Spectrum for Everyone & Everything” attracted so many international experts. The immense progress in the development and implementation of 5G is reflected in the keen interest in our Spectrum Summit. This also shows that the agenda as well as our products and services are exactly in line with the trend. It is amazing for us to see how this event has developed over the past 24 years to today's “must-attend event” in the spectrum management calendar.”
“What makes the Spectrum Summit so interesting and useful is that it brings together international stakeholders – regulators, manufacturers, academics, and users -- who share their expert points of view and experience with topics and issues from different angles. Delegates benefit from a diverse agenda providing unique theoretical and practical insights, facts, ongoing issues, and future directions in the industry,” confirms James Watson, Manager of Spectrum Business Analysis, ISED Canada and future Chairman of the USERgroup. He adds, “The event is always an excellent opportunity to network and share successes and challenges with colleagues and peers.”
The Spectrum Summit is followed by a workshop for German industries on local 5G licensing, the latest topic in Germany after the allocation of local 5G frequencies for industry by the German Federal Network Agency BNetzA. The Spectrum Summit and the post-conference workshops together with the two-day LS telcom USERgroup forum for LS telcom system and software users, make up a full week of events, which is organized by LS telcom. The Spectrum Summit is organized by LS telcom in conjunction with renowned spectrum policy publication PolicyTracker.
London, UK - Lichtenau / Baden, Germany, 18th June 2019 – LS telcom UK today announces that it conducted a study for the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) in Ireland on network deployment and spectrum options for Terrestrial Broadband Public Protection and Disaster Relief (BB-PPDR). ComReg published the final report of the study today.
The research carried out by LS telcom was an input to ComReg’s proposed multi-band spectrum award consultation. The scope of the study was to determine how existing and proposed network deployment options i.e. using dedicated networks, commercial networks or a hybrid, and proposed spectrum options, could potentially impact the availability of future spectrum, particularly the 700 MHz duplex.
LS telcom performed analysis of the various network deployment and spectrum options, which included an extensive pan-European country feasibility analysis of the different technical alternatives to inform the findings.
The spectrum requirements calculation for BB-PPDR usage in Ireland found that 2 x 6 MHz is sufficient to meet all possible PPDR scenarios (in accordance with the LEWP-ETSI Matrix) and that there is no impact to ComReg to include the full 2 x 30 MHz in 700 MHz duplex in the multi-band award.
The final report published by ComReg feeds into ComReg’s public consultation for the multi-band spectrum award process which includes a section on BB-PPDR spectrum options to inform stakeholders of the outcome of LS telcom’s analysis.
Lichtenau/Baden, Germany, 31st January 2019 – LS telcom, an expert in spectrum management and 5G spectrum consulting, was welcomed as a new member by the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) during the plenary meeting on 30th/31st January.
5G-ACIA is a new global initiative with the aim to optimize the applicability of 5G technology and 5G networks in the manufacturing and process industry by addressing, discussing and evaluating relevant technical, regulatory and business aspects.
Dr. Andreas Müller (Bosch), Chairman of the 5G-ACIA declares, “We are delighted to welcome LS telcom as a member of 5G-ACIA. LS telcom is a recognized expert with solid experience in the field of 5G, spectrum policy, technology and regulations. We are therefore already looking forward to numerous valuable contributions from LS telcom to the various ongoing activities of 5G-ACIA.”
LS telcom has already assisted the EU, the UK government, the transport industry and diverse industry associations with projects that focused on the technology evolution, impact on spectrum policy and co-existence studies as well as infrastructure requirements of 5G. LS telcom also provides training courses on 5G related matters and is a member of the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC).
Dipl.-Ing. Roland Götz, COO and board member of LS telcom, said, ”We are looking forward to collaborating with the 5G-ACIA to contribute to the success of 5G in the industrial domain and to support the application of 5G for the different use cases and very diverse requirements of the industry.”
Bowie, Maryland, Lichtenau/Baden, Germany, 1st October 2018 – LS telcom Inc., a worldwide leader in spectrum management and monitoring solutions, today announced that it has delivered a comprehensive study of 5G spectrum compatibility to Intelsat and SES, leading providers of C-Band satellite services in the United States. The objective of this spectrum study was to analyze the characteristics and impact of signal interference as well as potential mitigation measures as a result of introducing 5G deployments in adjacent spectrum to existing C-Band satellite services.
As the FCC continues its comprehensive analysis of optimal spectrum for 5G, the use of a portion of 3.7GHz to 4.2GHz (commonly referred to as C-Band) has become a likely candidate. To better understand the potential impacts to existing C-Band satellite systems and users, the study analyzed the interaction between a hypothetical 5G network with the existing operational characteristics of the C-Band satellite in the 3.7GHz to 4.2GHz spectrum. The study provided by LS telcom covered multiple network components and a variety of operational scenarios to analyze and predict the potential impacts of 5G operations and the subsequent adjustments and mitigation techniques required for existing satellite and ground station equipment.
“We are excited to be part of this dynamic time in spectrum management. As the push to 5G continues, the need to understand the impacts of adjacent systems and spectrum sharing are critical to the success of the next generation of wireless technology, as well as for the incumbent systems that are now being asked to share their spectrum resources,” stated Casey Joseph, Vice President at LS telcom, Inc.
“With our comprehensive solutions and global experience in spectrum management, LS telcom is uniquely positioned to help both new entrants as well as incumbent systems in this transition.”
The delivery included a report of findings based on several modeled locations as well as a software toolset enabling ongoing analysis of additional site locations and scenarios. The baseline of the solution leveraged LS telcom’s SpectrumMap, a visualization platform able to interpolate data from multiple sensor and source inputs to provide coverage predictions.
Please find the spanish translation of this press release here.
Lichtenau / Baden, Germany, 5th July 2018 – “Future of Broadband – Beyond Consumer Broadband” was the theme of the 23rd Annual Spectrum Summit concluding yesterday at LS telcom’s headquarters in Lichtenau/Baden Württemberg, Germany. The conference featured presentations and panel discussions on 5G services, new use cases and spectrum requirements for vertical markets, as well as the future of radio broadcasting in the light of 5G. The event attracted representatives and thought leaders from regulatory authorities, mobile and broadcast operators, spectrum consultants, research institutes, industries and industry associations. Presenters and participants of the different panels set out their vision on 5G. It became clear from the day’s presentations and subsequent discussions that 5G has the potential to go far beyond serving consumer broadband. New market opportunities and completely new business models are being driven by 5G, in particular for industry verticals, such as manufacturing industries, healthcare and transport. “Ultra reliability, low latency and massive connectivity together with other technology developments will enable solutions for individual use cases. The question is to what extent operators are willing to slice up their capacity to deliver these services and whether individual users have to provide and operate their own 5G networks,” said Martin Sims, Managing Director, PolicyTracker. Panelists agreed that new approaches are necessary and that existing business models have to be completely rethought. Saul Friedner, Associate Director, Spectrum Services at LS telcom, summarized, ”While new and more varied licensing and authorization regimes have to be introduced to allow industry verticals access to spectrum, industry will at the same time have to manage the spectrum much more efficiently, as usage is becoming increasingly complex.” Radio broadcasting is facing turbulent times as broadcasters struggle to develop viable business plans in an increasingly digital and streaming led world. Richard Womersley, Director of Spectrum Services for LS telcom opines, “With streaming services such as Spotify and increasingly available mobile broadband capabilities, the way in which people consume music is changing. FM broadcasting continues to lead digital platforms, including DAB, but this will change and radio broadcasters will need to innovate and adapt to maintain their relevance.” Mark Rider, Business Solutions Architect at Ofcom UK, commented, “This is my 12th time attending the annual Spectrum Summit. The Summit has an excellent line-up of speakers and experts from around the world. The diverse agenda provides great theoretical and practical insight of current developments within the sector. The Spectrum Summit is a must-attend event for anyone who wants to stay informed about latest trends in the industry.” Roland Götz, board member of LS telcom AG, concluded, “We were able yet again this year to attract a wide range of expert speakers to the 23rd Spectrum Summit. In addition to regulatory and media authorities, telecom institutions and operators, we had experts from an even wider range of industrial companies; such as AirFrance, Bosch and the SNCF Group, as well as AGURRE, the association representing industrial radio users. This demonstrates that the Spectrum Summit is well-known and well-respected, but also that 5G is a top priority on the agenda of industry verticals that are ready to take things forward.”
London, UK, Lichtenau/Baden, Germany, 6th August 2018 – LS telcom UK was commissioned by the UK Spectrum Policy Forum (SPF) to conduct a future looking study to examine the practicality, feasibility, and implications of defragmenting the UHF band 694 to 960 MHz.
SPF is the industry sounding board to Government and Ofcom on future spectrum management and regulatory policy with a view to maximizing the benefits of spectrum for the UK.
The study was initiated by the UK SPF in response to radical proposals to re-plan the 694 to 960 MHz band to remove the current fragmentation. The proposals claimed that such re-planning could potentially deliver considerable benefits such as increased capacity, future proofed spectrum and securing access for DTT services below 694 MHz.
The LS telcom study found that the overall capacity benefits gained from the proposed defragmentation would be small compared to the gains promised by future technology developments such as 5G and the use of higher frequency bands. Further, LS telcom determined that the proposed defragmentation would impose a considerable cost burden on mobile network operators, who would need to upgrade every base station in their network, for a fractional increase in capacity.
Project manager, Saul Friedner, Associate Director of Spectrum Services at LS telcom said, "This was a challenging project due to the future looking nature and the requirement to determine what a mobile network might look like in 2030. Whichever way we looked at the problem we could see no significant justification to undertake such a defragmentation exercise.”
Lichtenau / Baden, Germany, 5th March 2018 – Following a joint-development effort with FCS Flight Calibration Services GmbH, LS telcom’s Colibrex announces the launch of NavAidDrone, a drone-based system for navigational aid (NAVAID) inspections.
The NavAidDrone is used for field measurements required for commissioning and regular maintenance of Instrument Landing Systems (ILS). It will support Air Navigation Service Providers, NAVAID system manufacturers, and CNS (communication, navigation, surveillance) installation and maintenance service engineers. The system can also perform VOR and GBAS measurements with additional software included.
Measurement data, processed by the NavAidDrone, will now be available for areas that cannot be accessed by vehicles or conventional telescopic masts and for which measurement was therefore previously not possible. For instance, the NavAidDrone measures localizer coverage with ease in a sector of ± 35° towards the antenna as it can be fully programmed to fly orbit paths. The airborne measurement system can also detect high frequency oscillations of ILS signals caused by buildings, cranes or other construction work obstacles.
Luc Haeberlé, Managing Director of Colibrex explains, “The integrated high-performing FCS receiver guarantees extremely accurate measurement results. At the same time, the flexible airborne platform delivers a much higher volume of measurement points and results, compared to ground measurements. Altogether, the measurement results obtained with the NavAidDrone are much more comprehensive and precise and improve ILS periodical measurements, adjustment and maintenance work substantially. At the same time, the use of NavAidDrone is more cost-effective and will also potentially reduce flight inspection hours.”
Rüdiger Schmidt, Managing Director of FCS, adds, “Drone-based ILS measurement opens the way to a new era in NAVAIDS inspection and FCS together with Colibrex are at the forefront of this exciting and complementary approach to flight inspection. Flight inspection and ground measurements should go hand in hand to ensure the best performance of our client's NavAids. Our exciting new technology very effectively bridges the gap between the two worlds.”
The NavAidDrone unites the flight inspection and receiving and processing expertise of FCS Flight Calibration Services GmbH and Colibrex’s expertise in the design and international commercial operation of unmanned aircraft systems for radio frequency measurements.
Colibrex and FCS are planning a follow-up development and launch of the “RadarDrone” to perform field measurements for commissioning, trouble-shooting and regular maintenance of military and civil radar and surveillance systems, including primary (PR) and secondary (SSR/MSSR) radar installations. The Air Navigation Service Providers and CNS maintenance staff, radar system manufacturers and radar service organisations will benefit from this new drone-based measurement technology.
London, UK, Lichtenau / Baden, Germany, 9th January 2018 – LS telcom UK has produced a report for Britain’s railway to support improved digital connectivity for customers. The research project was commissioned by the Rail Safety and Standards Board on behalf of the Future Communications and Positioning Systems Advisory Group.
The research report proposes a 3 to 5-year technology roadmap, and identifies commercial deployment models for improving high-speed mobile internet connectivity for passengers, as well as passenger and freight train operations. According to the study, wireless technology solutions including a mobile variant of Wi-Fi, 4G, and potentially 5G, are available within the suggested timeframe. Successful deployment of internet connectivity depends on which business model is adopted to ensure that train operating companies can meet the Department for Transport’s connectivity requirements.
The Future Connected Rail Stakeholder Forum (FCRSF) and the Future Connected Train and Customer Communications Steering Group (FCTCCSG) asked for the study to improve cross-industry involvement on the implementation of digital connectivity across the entire rail network. FCRSF and FCTCCSG are collaborations between the Rail Delivery Group, which brings together train companies and Network Rail to improve the railway; techUK, on behalf of the digital industries; and Network Rail, the company managing Britain’s rail infrastructure. RSSB is also a member of FCTCCSG.
Nick Wilson, Rail Delivery Group, on behalf of the Future Connected Train and Customer Communications Steering Group, said that “This work has helped us to identify the range of technical and commercial options available. It will inform the rail and digital industries on improving digital connectivity (mobile and broadband) across all of Britain’s rail network for the benefit of rail customers and the train operating companies, freight operating companies and rolling stock companies. In addition, the study will inform government of associated investment opportunities and the shaping of policies to maximize them. The study should generate the further essential collaboration between all relevant stakeholders, to enable the connectivity that Britain needs in the years to come.”
The publication of the report coincides with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, and the Department for Transport’s launch of a call for evidence on ‘Commercial options for delivering mobile connectivity on trains’. The findings from the report could help to provide some information to this call for evidence.
An event will be organized on 6th of February at techUK that brings the rail sector, digital industries and government together to discuss the report in the context of the UK’s ambition on rail connectivity.
To the report
(You can register free of charge on SPARKrail to download the report under the reference T1138)
Lichtenau / Baden, Germany, 21st December 2017 – Digita, a pioneer in wireless and digital solutions, and LS telcom, a worldwide leader in spectrum management and radio network planning solutions, have agreed to expand their cooperation on network planning tools. Digita already employs LS telcom’s software planning tool suite CHIRplus for the planning of their radio and TV networks and microwave links, and the cooperation now expands to the planning of Internet of things ( IoT) networks. Digita has adopted the CHIRplus_TC application, which provides full functionality and is optimized for the planning of LoRa networks and other narrow-band standards typically applied to the roll-out of IoT, smart cities and smart grid applications. LoRa™ is next-generation’s radio technology that has been especially designed to meet the needs of IoT.
“LS telcom is a strong software supplier with whom we have had long-standing and satisfying cooperation. It is excellent for us that their services have expanded to include the planning of IoT networks”, says Ari Kuukka, Director of IoT Services at Digita. “We have tested several IoT planning tools and chose to adopt the LoRa software supplied by LS telcom. We were also able to influence the development of the software’s features to cover our specific needs in the planning work”, says Mikko Meriläinen, network planner at Digita.
Manfred Lebherz, CEO and Member of the Board of LS telcom, commented, “We are very pleased that the Finnish company Digita, on the forefront of technologies and standards, has selected our LoRa planning software. This proves that we are on the right track with our IoT planning functionality development program, and we highly appreciate the close partnership with Digita, who provide valuable contributions to form our functional roadmap to fully match with our customers’ day-to-day needs.”
London, UK, Lichtenau/Baden, Germany, 18th December 2017 – LS telcom today announces the publication of a report produced for Ofcom to better understand the impact of mobile signal attenuation inside vehicles. Together with Siroda, a specialist in RF signal measurements, LS telcom conducted a study, which included a unique in-car mobile signal measurement campaign. The report “In-car Mobile Signal Attenuation Measurements” presents a comprehensive set of in-car mobile signal attenuation results as well as statistical analysis of the measurement data.
The unique aspect of the study required careful consideration of undertaking mobile signal attenuation inside vehicles, which covered all of the mobile frequencies in use by the mobile network operators including 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2600 MHz. The drive test was repeated for a range of popular vehicle types found in the UK and measured the mobile signals in urban, suburban, and rural areas along a 100 km route.
The empirical data will be used by Ofcom to help conduct mobile signal coverage predictions for UK’s roads and also better understand the signal quality that can be received by consumers inside vehicles.
Lichtenau / Baden, Germany, 22nd November 2017 – The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has officially adopted results from LS telcom’s study “Coexistence of GSM-R with other Communication Systems” commissioned by the European Union Agency for Railways. The LS telcom report examined the possibility of using the ER/R-GSM spectrum by other radio communication systems for railways in coexistence with the existing GSM-R system operated in that frequency band. The objective of the study was to find out whether new spectrum is required for a successor system or whether band sharing during migration from GSM-R to its successor would be feasible.
The results of this study are integrated in the ETSI System Reference document (SRDoc) TR 103 333 about GSM-R networks evolution. This document intends “to describe the spectrum requirements for a European system for operational railway communications between a terrestrial ground network and a train, based on 4G/5G technology, and operating in the band 873 - 880 MHz paired with 918 - 925 MHz, in coexistence with the already deployed GSM-R technology.”
Both, LS telcom’s study and ETSI’s System Reference document are part of a joint effort by the Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer (UIC), the European Union Agency for Railways, the GSM-R industry and other railway stakeholders across Europe in close cooperation with ETSI to define and specify the next generation solution “Future Railway Mobile Communications System” (FRMCS), including future spectrum requirements.
A key challenge is that spectrum is needed for both the FRMCS and GSM-R during the migration phase. An update of the EU legal framework is necessary to make available additional harmonized spectrum in order to guarantee European railway interoperability.
London, UK, Lichtenau/Baden, Germany, 23rd October 2017 – LS telcom today announces the publication by the European Commission of the “Study on Spectrum Assignment in the European Union”. The report, written by LS telcom together with PolicyTracker and VVA, examines the approaches used by EU Member States for authorizing and assigning spectrum with a view to determining which methods might be most appropriate in the context of future 5G services and the development of industrial sectors, so called vertical markets, in the European Union.
“This study will inform regulators, operators and service providers of electronic communications of the benefits from adopting alternative approaches to spectrum authorisation and assignment. These approaches could unlock access to different services using 5G technologies that may otherwise have been delayed. More flexible use of these approaches improves spectrum efficiency and ultimately improves access to connectivity for enterprises and consumers,” reports Saul Friedner, Associate Director, Spectrum Services at LS telcom.
According to the study, the spectrum access requirements of the ‘vertical’ services, which have specific technical and performance characteristics, differ widely from the requirements of mobile services, and are driving the way in which spectrum will be used, and the associated regime under which it should be authorized and assigned. The study found that assignment approaches should be harmonized across Member States, especially for higher frequency bands (e.g. 26 GHz), and appropriately sized blocks considered, when authorizing spectrum for different services.
“The findings of the study will provide additional elements in the context of the ongoing negotiations with the European Parliament and the Council on the Commission Proposal for a ‘European Electronic Communications Code’ (EECC). The study will be further exploited in the context of the implementation of the Commission 5G Action Plan,” as indicated in the EU press release.
When will exponential mobile growth stop?
London, UK, Lichtenau/Baden, Germany – LS telcom today announces the publication of a report entitled “When will exponential mobile growth stop?”
Richard Womersley, Director Spectrum Consulting of LS telcom, explained the rationale for the study, “Exponential growth cannot continue indefinitely as the result would be that whatever is growing will eventually reach an infinite size. We wanted to examine more closely how future mobile data traffic will really evolve and whether current estimates of continuing exponential growth until at least 2030 are valid, in order to inform ongoing activities to identify new spectrum bands for 5G.”
LS telcom experts first calculated how much data an individual may be able to consume to determine what a finite limit to mobile data usage might be. This resulted in the surprising conclusion that even using extreme values for potential personal data use (such as every person on the planet streaming Ultra-High Definition 4K video for 16 hours per day), the majority of growth in mobile data traffic would still be complete by the late 2020s.
Secondly, the study examined the growth in mobile data usage in a number of advanced countries where users are already ‘ahead of the curve’ with respect to their usage of mobile data. Three countries were identified where mobile data growth is already showing signs of slowing down and in each case, it is clear that the reason for this slow down is not related to spectrum availability. In these countries, there may only be a factor of three to four times mobile data traffic growth remaining, according to the report. This appears to be a trend. The study also surmises that data growth only continues to show exponential characteristics in those countries where digital divides remain or where connectivity is still being rolled out.
The report can be downloaded in the Articles & Studies section.
Systems delivered as part of USAID technology package for the Liberian Telecommunications Authority (LTA)
Bowie, Maryland / USA, Lichtenau/Baden, Germany, 26th September 2017– LS telcom, Inc., a worldwide leader in Spectrum Management and Spectrum Monitoring solutions, today announced the installation of multiple LS OBSERVER sensor-based monitoring stations for the Liberian Telecommunications Authority (LTA). The purchase of the systems was facilitated through the non-governmental organization (NGO) NetHope as part of a USAID technology package for the country. Following the Ebola crisis in 2014-2015, improvement in communications was identified as a top priority for the country. Working together with USAID, NetHope selected LS telcom as the superior technology solution for LTA’s requirements. The acquisition of the LS OBSERVER technology provides LTA with the foundation of spectrum monitoring capability including identification of spectrum conflicts, identification of free spectrum, isolation of dead zones in coverage, and locating rogue networks.
“We are very pleased to have this new capability. As I consider radiofrequency a scarce resource for Liberia, the LS OBSERVER monitoring stations will allow our team to fully optimize spectrum policy and increase the enforcement capability at LTA,” said Henry W. Benson, Commissioner for Engineering & Technology at the LTA, “This technology is a key part of our mission to improve communications for our country.”
“LS telcom is excited to be part of the USAID technology deployment in the African region. As the pace of spectrum management accelerates, regulators need to be equipped with the proper tools and capabilities to stay ahead,” said Casey Joseph, Vice President of Sales and Business Development, “With the LS OBSERVER stations in place, LTA is positioned to modernize their spectrum management capability throughout the country.”
As the African continent deploys next generation wireless networks, regulators must maintain pace with the requisite capabilities to monitor and regulate activity. The LS OBSERVER monitoring system delivers state of the art sensor-based monitoring capabilities across the commercial spectrum. Available in fixed and portable versions, the LS OBSERVER is ideal for regulators to monitor, establish and maintain a spectrum inventory or support spectrum inventory activities, and enforce spectrum usage policies and procedures. As the value of spectrum continues to increase, LS OBSERVER can also be used to identify areas of unused spectrum that can be reallocated and licensed for future use. The technology package is being delivered to Liberia through NetHope, the leading technology NGO in the region. The monitoring systems are part of a larger USAID recovery package for the country.
Lichtenau/Baden, Germany – LS telcom announced that organizations now have the possibility to validate real world radio coverage for an area of interest with their new solution SpectrumMap. As a cloud based big data system SpectrumMap gathers real spectrum usage data from a monitoring network and presents the data on a map in a fast, user-friendly way. The system collects and stores spectrum data from many monitoring sources, such as fixed sites, temporary sites, mobile, handheld and portable devices. The equipment can be from different providers and manufacturers. The easy to use interface allows even staff, not qualified as engineers such as policy makers, band planners, licensing teams, as well as skilled engineering teams, and enforcement to use a range of analytical tools via web apps. Measured and calculated spectrum coverage data can be visualized in many ways such as by band, channel or service type. Key applications, which are available as web apps, include:
- Field strength of single frequencies to bands, all user selectable
- Coverage analysis of user selectable bands
- Band occupancy
- Spectrum use
- Electromagnetic radiation hazard analysis
- Dynamic band analysis where the display steps through user selectable frequency steps
In contrast to conventional control units of monitoring systems, SpectrumMap focuses on presenting the data in a geographical area rather than needing to identify monitoring sites and individually calculate coverage of each site.
Manfred Lebherz, CEO of LS telcom explained, “With SpectrumMap regulators can now for the first time base their licensing scheme on real world measured spectrum usage not just prediction. This is especially useful in urban areas, where spectrum is very densely used. We are sure that SpectrumMap will be indispensable for regulators with the introduction of 5G services, the Internet of Things (IoT) applications and connected objects.”
At the leading European trade fair for secure communication, PMRExpo, which will take place in Cologne from November 28 - 30, 2023, national and international companies will present their products, solutions and innovative technologies from the field of secure communication and professional mobile radio over three days. In addition to an extensive exhibition area, visitors can expect a three-day summit: they will have the opportunity to experience lectures and interactive presentations on current topics such as cybersecurity and the role of 5G in the context of secure communication and professional mobile communications at first hand.
The PMRExpo Advisory Board is an operational body and consists of representatives from the industry, trade fair organizers, association members and experts from the PMR sector who actively participate in the design of PMRExpo and thus ensure its quality and relevance. Among other things, they are responsible for the event structure, make suggestions for content and speakers, but also have a say in topics such as the corporate identity and design of the trade fair. "I am delighted to have the opportunity to provide impetus for the design of PMRExpo and to play an active role in shaping the promising future of this trade fair so that it meets the requirements and trends in the industry," says board member Roland Götz.
Our director of Spectrum Services and Business Development at LS telcom UK, Saul Friedner, will participate in a panel discussion at the Ofcom Spectrum Event: “Hybrid Sharing: A discussion on the opportunities from the upper 6 GHz band”, happening virtually on October 18, 2023, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM GMT. Ofcom has recently published a consultation exploring options that would enable both licensed mobile and licence exempt Wi-Fi users to access the upper 6 GHz band. The consultation paper also set out potential enabling mechanisms for sharing, including databases and enhanced sharing mechanisms. Exciting keynote speakers are ready to inspire with their valuable insights on hybrid sharing. Get ready for an engaging panel discussion, followed by an interactive Q&A session! Please use the following link to register your details: https://ofcom.eventogy.com/c/hybridsharingadiscussionontheopportunitiesfromtheupper6ghzband/registration. Once you have registered you will be sent a joining link closer the date of the event. We are looking forward to an interesting discussion!
Abuja, 19-21 October 2021
The Honorable Minister of Federal Ministry of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, instructed Zest Associates for the organization of a capacity development radiocommunication workshop designed for the aviation sector with theme : Usable and Sufficient Spectrum for Aeronautical and Meteorological Systems.
The workshop was attended by more than 25 delegates from the following organization : Federal Ministry of Aviation, Nigerian_ Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), and Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET)
Zest Associates invited LS telcom to participate in this workshop as expert in efficient use of spectrum to provide highlights on how mitigating interference in Aviation band and present its experiences in the aviation sector including the use of NavAid Drone for the calibration of ILS subsystem.
LS telcom was represented locally by Laurent UGUEN, Sales Director of LS telcom France, he was assisted remotely by experts based in Germany: Philipp Abel, Head of the product development of spectrum monitoring solution and Luc Haeberlé, head of Colibrex, a fully owned-subsidiary of LS telcom specialized in drone-based RF measurement.
The lively and interactive discussions anchored by Obiora OFFOR, Partner, Zest Associates, allowed the participants to better understand how to implement the concepts, the methodologies and the solutions on how to plan, map, guard and troubleshoot radio spectrum usage around airport.
LS telcom UK was commissioned by the Digital Catapult to gather information on 5G activities within the transport sector of the UK. Specifically, we were focused on the activities within the road and rail sectors to identify research projects, trials and other activities that would contribute to the Catapult’s wider 5G Nation report. We interviewed a range of transport related stakeholders who are/were involved in 5G projects and activities. We provided a high level summary report of the findings that was later used as a contribution to their main report. A link to the Digital Catapult’s 5G Nation report can be found here.
LS telcom UK has joined the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) as SME Technology Member. As such LS telcom will participate in the latest technology developments for 5G and contribute to research and white papers as well as test activities.
“As a leading supplier of products and services enabling greater spectrum efficiency, it is a natural step for LS telcom to join the 5GIC. Our membership will solidify our company’s integration into the 5G ecosystem and underpins our effort to always stay at the forefront of latest technology. We look forward to collaborating with the 5GIC to help define and develop the next generation of mobile and wireless communications,” confirmed Richard Womersley, Director of Spectrum Consulting at LS telcom.
As an ITU sector member LS telcom was present with a stand throughout the four weeks of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015. A team of LS telcom experts, two of them were part of the German Delegation, attended the conference. Around 3300 participants from 162 countries (out of ITU’s 193 Member States) attended the 2015 conference to review and revise the Radio Regulations. Some 500 participants representing 130 other entities, including industry, also attended the conference as observers.*
LS telcom helped inform evidence-based decision making at the WRC through its extensive studies and analyses on the licensing and usage of worldwide international mobile telecommunications (IMT) spectrum and the ITU model for the forecast of IMT spectrum demand.
WRC-15 allocated and identified IMT globally harmonized bands in the UHF and L- (1427-1518 MHz) bands, while fully protecting the other services currently operated in these bands. “WRC-15 took a key decision that will provide enhanced capacity for mobile broadband in the 694-790 MHz frequency band in ITU Region-1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia) and a globally harmonized solution for the implementation of the digital dividend. Full protection has been given to television broadcasting as well as to the aeronautical radio navigation systems operating in this frequency band.”*
LS telcom has extensive experience in assuring interference-free co-existence of all services in these bands. Our experts have worked with a number of countries to calculate the potential impact that new LTE networks will have on DTT services and they can identify the optimum mitigation techniques and assist regulators in setting LTE license conditions.
WRC-15 also laid the first milestone towards establishing the roadmap for the development of 5G mobile or IMT-2020.
LS telcom experts help institutional, academic, commercial and regulatory organizations answer fundamental questions around 5G: How will 5G impact spectrum demand? Will 5G be a new technology (and air-interface) or will it be a system of different technologies each playing to their own strengths? Our consult-ants have carried out numerous spectrum demand studies and can model and shed light on how growth in data demand impacts upon demand for radio spectrum. We provide spectrum demand studies, sharing studies and independent reviews of existing studies and forecasts. Also check out our training courses on 5G which provide you with the necessary skills to critically scrutinize conflicting statements and views by different parties involved
WRC-15 identified spectrum in the 694-894 MHz frequency band to facilitate mobile broadband communications for robust and reliable mission critical emergency services in public protection and disaster relief (PPDR), such as police, fire, ambulances and disaster response teams.* The development of user scenarios, the determination of capacity and spectrum requirements, the selection of the most appropriate technology and the design and procurement of networks is where LS telcom’s expertise can support organizations with the move to new PPDR networks and technologies.
* Source: ITU
Algeria Telecom selected LS telcom’s CHIRplus_FX (CHIRplus_TC) software for the planning and engineering of its microwave network.
After a rigorous international consultation of several renowned software tools for microwave planning, Algeria Telecom decided in favor of CHIRplus_FX because of its robustness, its advanced technical features and its ergonomic user interface.
The leading operator in the Algerian market acquired CHIRplus_FX to industrialize its microwave network planning studies and to be able to increase productivity and efficiency, particularly in a context of rapidly evolving mobile technology and the advent of 4G which requires the deployment of an ever-important microwave network.
The software delivery comes along with theoretical and practical training to ensure the best use of the software. The training will take place in Algeria. Algeria Telecom is the incumbent operator in Algeria, which offers fixed, mobile and internet services as well as satellite communications.
LS telcom is working for the European Railway Agency (ERA) on a study to analyze the possibility of using the ER/R-GSM spectrum by other radio communication systems for railway use in coexistence with the existing GSM-R system operated in that frequency band.
Sharing the ER/R-GSM bands with a new radio communication technology will possibly impact both the operation of the GSM-R-System and the additional radio system. Therefore a careful analysis of the effects, their impact on the existing GSM-R system and possible mitigation methods are required. The over-arching scope of the study can thus be summarized by the following question: Can the new system share the ER/R-GSM band or is new spectrum needed?
Depending on the answer to this question ERA may need to take further steps and the results of the study may be used by ERA to inform the Commission and the European Communication Committee about future spectrum needs for a successor to GSM-R.
LS telcom carries out EMF (electromagnetic field) studies and compliance surveys for Ericsson in South Africa.
The study consists of EMF simulations, which form the main input into the Site Safety Compliance Report according to the ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) standard.
LS telcom assesses all types of sites, such as indoor and outdoor, rooftop and greenfield sites. Since September 2015, LS telcom has already examined 125 sites across South Africa. The compliance report covers exclusion zones and recommendations for appropriate signage and access control to sites to ensure protection against over exposure. For sites initially not-compliant, LS telcom experts will give recommendations on measures to be taken to make the sites compliant. All sites are then re-assessed for compliancy.
ARCOTEL (Agency for the Regulation and Control of Telecommunications), the new regulatory authority of Ecuador, formed through the merger of Ecuador’s two former bodies SENATEL (Regulation) and SUPERTEL (Control), is taking over and using the LS telcom SPECTRA system that has been in operation at SENATEL since 2009. ARCOTEL has also signed a maintenance contract for the system.
Since the newly formed regulatory authority will also be responsible for regulating broadcasting services, ARCOTEL has extended the system with LS telcom’s broadcast network planning and coordination tool suite CHIRplus_BC. In addition to the software delivery, LS telcom carries out the broadcast legacy data migration into SPECTRAplus_DB and gives user training.
Telenor Broadcast Norkring AS, Norway, a long-standing customer of LS telcom using CHIRplus_BC for many years, has carried out an extensive technical and commercial benchmark of standard broadcast network planning software.
After the benchmark Norkring extends its trust to the winner of the benchmark, LS telcom, and continues to use CHIRplus_BC for the planning of its nationwide DTT, DAB and FM services in Norway as well as various other countries Norkring is operating in. Telenor Norkring engineers join training courses on broadcast network technology and software at the LS Training Academy on a regular basis. The new contract signed by Norkring extends over several years and includes the software, a license server, upgraded propagation models as well as on-site support and commissioning. Norkring is the leading provider of terrestrial broadcasting services in Norway and operates one of the largest networks in Europe. The company is the owner of 48 main transmitter sites and approximately 1750 smaller sites spread through-out Norway.
Global Leader on Spectrum Management to Participate in CCA Show in Nashville April 13-15
Bowie, Maryland – LS telcom, Inc., a worldwide leader in Spectrum Management and Spectrum Monitoring solutions, today announced it has become a member of Competitive Carriers Association (CCA). Joining an association of nearly one hundred wireless operators and more than 150 industry suppliers, LS telcom brings nearly twenty five years of expertise working with operators, broadcasters, and regulators to optimize the use of spectrum resources. LS telcom also announced that they would be participating in the Mobile Carriers Show, April 13-15 in Nashville where their technologies will be featured at Booth 209.
“We are very excited to join Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) and look forward to working with the members through the expansion of their 4G LTE networks and help position for the transition to 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT),” said Casey Joseph, Vice President of Sales and Business Development. “We are very much looking forward to participating in this year’s Mobile Carriers Show - a top tier event which enables innovators, industry leaders, stakeholders to come together to create new opportunities.”
“I am delighted to welcome LS telcom as a new member to CCA,” said Steven K. Berry, President & CEO of CCA. “Spectrum management is an important part of every carrier’s business plan, especially in light of the upcoming incentive auction, and thoughtful solutions and services from companies like LS telcom can help carriers plan for the future.”
In the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction both television broadcasters and wireless operators will face unprecedented transitions. The multi-stage process of clearing spectrum for deployment of new LTE infrastructure and the repacking of television broadcasters in the lower UHF and VHF bands requires the comprehensive capability for planning, management, and optimization of spectrum resources – all areas of expertise of LS telcom.
From planning the network, mitigating interference, to measuring the performance and optimizing the solution, LS telcom’s SPECTRA family of solutions can establish the plan for the individual network operator while maintaining the centralized coordination required for the regulator. Additionally, as the industry moves toward dynamic spectrum access (DSA) solutions, LS telcom’s portfolio of spectrum monitoring capabilities deliver the real time sensor information required to precisely tailor the sharing operation of the network.
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s nearly 100 carrier members covers 95 percent of the nation. Visit ccamobile.org.
As an additional step forward in their internal spectrum management process optimization, SUTEL has acquired LS telcom’s Wizard Workflow Configuration Tool to be added to the technical analysis module SPECTRAemc to automate, and therefore increase the efficiency of the frequency assignment processes for land mobile and fixed services.
SUTEL has carried out a remarkable task bringing up to date its national frequency user data base using its integrated Spectrum Management and Monitoring System, delivered and put into operation at SUTEL’s headquarters in San José by LS telcom and Rohde & Schwarz respectively in August 2014.
Now with a complete and precise database, SUTEL will be using the Wizard Configuration Tool to harmonize and automate its daily technical analyses calculations to assign new frequencies to its users. The project scope comprises the Wizard Configuration Tool knowledge transfer to SUTEL users, and the development of the first two wizards for land mobile and fixed services. The completion of the project is scheduled for December 2015.
Once the knowledge transfer is complete, SUTEL users will be proficient in developing new wizards on their own as their requirements evolve.
As experts in the field of satellite/5G compatibility, LS telcom have examined previous work in this field from a wide range of sources. Our work has identified that the wide range of results from previous studies do not provide a solid base for making future decisions, and we propose a set of parameters which should be used to successfully conduct future studies.
Management, protection and optimal use of 5G frequencies
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Mobile operators around the world are facing the challenge of delivering the capacity to meet the growth in demand for data services. This paper examines the extent to which the spectrum that is already identified for IMT services is licensed and in-use.
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In this report, Richard Victor Womersley identifies how and when the growth in mobile data will slow down and the extent to which there are already signs that the inflection point in the S-curve has been reached.
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A common request amongst regulators is to provide an evaluation of the amount of spectrum required for commercial terrestrial mobile broadband (IMT) services. In trying to assess the demand for spectrum for IMT services, we have examined the model used by many regulators around the world to produce the forecasts which will eventually be used to inform decisions at World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC). Using this model, developed by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), we have identified a number of issues which mean that the model, as it stands, does not provide useable nor useful results.
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This White Paper provides an overview of major techniques used in DVB-T2 and their impact on service planning and operation of this new transmission technology.
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