JRC Publications

This is a list of the latest JRC Public Documents.

JRC Response to RSPG Opinion on 5G implementation challenges (RSPG 3rd opinion on 5G)

JRC observes that the majority of electricity utilities in the UK utilise self-licenced spectrum. This allows their electricity grid control systems to include the necessary resilience requirements, e.g. up to five days power backup. (JRC notes that for the mobile operators it would be uneconomic to construct a business case to support the cost of upgrading mobile operator infrastructure to include the necessary power resilience for such a limited user base).
Moreover, JRC emphasises that the requirement for system resilience has necessitated access to exclusive spectrum, e.g. self-managed 12.5 / 25 kHz narrow band channels and Ofcom (UK) managed channels for the fixed links backhaul.
JRC does not believe the market would be well served if vertical sectors could only access spectrum by leasing from operators or through licence-exempt spectrum. This would be a major detrimental step for spectrum access.

JRC Response to the Comreg Consultation and Draft Decision on the release of the 400 MHz Sub-band

JRC supports the actions of the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) to progress the release of the of 400 MHz spectrum under consideration for ‘Smart Grid’ developments in Ireland. The principle focus of this response is the change proposed to the spectrum available to the award process, in particular the reduction of the lot B award from 2 x 2.5 MHz to 2 x 1 MHz with 2 x 1.5 MHz being reserved for potential Broadband - Public Protection and Disaster Relief (BB-PPDR) purposes in the future.

NIC The future of regulation study: JRC Response

The Joint Radio Company (JRC) welcome the opportunity to respond to this call for evidence and we acknowledge the underlying perspective that there is an increasing degree of alignment and interdependency developing across regulated Industry Verticals, particularly across Energy and Telecommunications.
As regards the idea of the establishment of a multi-utility regulator, our perspective is that improved co-ordination across the responsible Government departments aligned to co-ordinated and targeted interventions within the existing regulatory frameworks would be a more efficient and timely approach to adopt.

CEPT SRDs Consultation - JRC Response

We recognise these are complex issues normally outside the main focus of JRC, but in this instance utilities do make current use of the band 870-876 MHz in the UK, and we are exploring opportunities for future deployments to complement systems operating in licensed spectrum.
Thus, JRC is concerned about the changes being proposed to ERC Recommendation 70-03 where they might affect existing and future systems conforming to the Wi-SUN principle.
We do not object to the intention to extend the GSM-R spectrum to accommodate future deployment of LTE-R systems, but we would wish to see legacy systems operating in the band 870-874 MHz continue to be able to be used; and also use the band for future applications to extend utility control into areas which might otherwise be difficult or disproportionately expensive to monitor and control. Ultimately, the cost of deployment of utility control systems has to be borne by electricity and gas consumers, and utilities wish to avoid unnecessary costs which would be to the detriment of energy consumers.

JRC Response to Ofcom Draft Annual Plan 2019/20

JRC highlights that communication networks are dependent on access to resilient and robust electricity supplies. Also, with the evolving Smart Grid, that the existing intelligent electricity monitoring and control systems are being expanded to the extremes of the electricity network. This expansion in the operational communications needs of the energy utilities will require access to additional spectrum. This developing need is being explored within Ofcom’s current direct engagement with the Energy Utilities which we welcome. To this end we encourage Ofcom to establish a specific work item to further this Industry need. This may be pursued under the heading of ‘Managing spectrum and planning for future requirements’ within the Annual Plan. It is worth noting the ongoing developments within the Republic of Ireland where the Communications Regulator (ComReg) has acknowledged the need for additional spectrum to be made available to facilitate Smart Grid developments and in so doing is proposing to afford access to 2 x 3 MHz of spectrum in the 400 MHz range for the Irish utilities.

ENA Strategic Telecommunications Group, ‘Need for Increased Spectrum Allocation and Investment in Operational Telecommunications to Support Electricity Networks,’ 2018

• ENA Strategic Telecommunications Group, ‘Need for Increased Spectrum Allocation and Investment in Operational Telecommunications to Support Electricity Networks,’ 2018

EUTC Spectrum White Paper

EUTC Spectrum White Paper

JRC Smart Grid Briefing Paper

JRC Smart Grid Briefing Paper

2007 UTC & JRC Utility Satellite Technology Study

• JRC-UTC Report “Utility Use of Satellite Technology in Emergency Response