ETSI Reconfigurable Radio Systems Workshop

Event Introduction

Reconfigurable Radio Systems (RRS) are expected to become important drivers for the evolution of wireless communications and to bring substantial benefits: from reconfigurable flexible and cost effective architectures for wireless devices to a better utilization of the radio frequency spectrum (for instance dynamic use of spectrum resources). In this context, a key focus lies on enabling technologies, such as flexible Mobile Device platforms, Context information acquisition and management, etc. Furthermore, next generation reconfigurable radio technologies are expected to facilitate the access to new frequency bands:  In this regard a number of approaches to spectrum policy and to underlying technologies have been proposed in order to exploit the potential of reconfigurable radio  technologies to increase both efficiency and flexibility in the use of spectrum helping therefore to mitigate the spectrum scarcity problem.  Examples of innovative approaches are the Authorized Shared Access (ASA) and the Licensed Shared Access (LSA), both of them based on the sharing concept.  These activities are closely aligned to related discussions in the EC Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) and CEPT; indeed, CEPT WG FM will start a new Project Team related to Spectrum Sharing soon.

Although there are still uncertainties with regard to decisions relating to spectrum regulation, to the coexistence between incumbents and possible new spectrum users and/or new applications, at least for some categories of stakeholders, in Europe (but also in the US) significant demand already exists for the use of reconfigurable radio systems, with a particular interest for Cognitive Radio technologies. These technologies are considered to be an enabler for the introduction of new users and new applications in coexistence with incumbent users in some frequency bands, such as, for example, the so-called TV White Spaces in the UHF band and possibly the 2.3-2.4 GHz Band in Europe. 

ETSI held a workshop on reconfigurable radio systems, in Cannes, south of France, on December 12th. 2012.

Objectives of the Workshop

1. To investigate the future development of reconfigurable radio systems  in Europe
2. To discuss about regulatory matters for the introduction of reconfigurable  radio devices and Cognitive Radio Systems in general, especially in the UHF band (White Spaces) and the 2.3-2.4 GHz Band in Europe
3. Starting from the current developments in ETSI (mainly TC RRS), to define a roadmap for the standardisation activities for Cognitive Radio Systems in order to foster the early introduction of Cognitive Radio devices in the European market. 
4. To investigate the possibility of dynamic use of spectrum resources between commercial and public safety users for disaster relief.
5. To discuss and identify required supporting functions, for example related to context information acquisition based on a Radio Environment Map approach, sensing technologies, etc.

Target Audience

- Manufacturers:

  • Network Infrastructure
  • Mobile Device (Handset)
  • Chipset
  • M2M Communication Component

- Administrations/Regulators, 
- Network Operators, 
- Representatives of related standards organisations 
- Participants of related research projects 
- Public Safety Community