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Last update: 28-11-2017
ECC Report ECC Report - Provision of caller location information from private networks
ECC Report 225 concluded that a procedure should be established in order to be able to pinpoint the location of calls made to emergency services within corporate networks. This report willl examine the options, the problems and notably the legal issues as the regulatory framework in Europe does not apply to private networks.
S: 15-03-2017
T: 30-11-2018
This work has been on hold due to other priorities for PT ES. It was formally started at the 15th meeting of PT ES in Copenhagen on 14-15 March 2017.

Work continued on gathering information at the 16th and 17th PT ES meetings and at web meetings. The work is still at an early stage.

In Progress
Last update: 28-11-2017
ECC Report Defining PSAP-side statistics to quantify the effectiveness of emergency caller location information received
ECC Report 225 concluded that statistical feedback from emergency services organisations and PSAPs is vital in order to determine the benefits that such solutions are providing and to derive targets for setting national criteria and implementing improvements.
S: 15-03-2017
T: 25-05-2018

This work item has been on hold since the publication of ECC Report 225 in October 2014. This was mainly due to other priorities for PT ES, mainly the feasibility study on PSAP-DIR.

The project was formally started at the 15th meeting of PT ES in Copenhagen on 14-15 March 2017. Work continued during the 16th and 17th meetings. A questionnaire was developed and circulated to inform the work. The results were considered at the 17th PT ES meeting and further follow up with the repsondents is required. The work is stil at an early stage.

In Progress
Last update: 28-11-2017
ECC Report E.164 Numbering and Over-The-Top (OTT) Services

In recent years various communication and information exchange services known as Over-The-Top services have emerged. The provision of these services may be provided independently of the Internet access service provider.  Some OTT services use E.164 numbers to enable interoperability with classical telecommunication services. The use of numbers with OTT services raises a number of regulatory issues such as granting rights of use of numbers, access to emergency services and number portability. In order to meet national and European regulatory requirements it would appear that some OTT services would need to be treated in the same way as traditional electronic communications services.

The aim of the report is to gain knowledge on the different regulatory practices and to analyse the need, assignment and use of numbering resources by OTT services/apps and the impact of related regulatory obligations.The conclusions of the Report could inform discussions on the forthcoming review of the EU regulatory framework. The Report should take into account the work of BEREC on the classification of OTT services.

S: 30-10-2015
T: 31-05-2018
Early draft produced at web meeting on 16 November 2015 and 16 December 2015.
Work continuing at web meetings and at PT FNI meetings.
At its 15th meeting in Bucharest (21-23November 2017), WG NaN adopted for public consultation draft ECC Report 273 on “E.164 Numbering and Over-The-Top (OTT) Services” 

In Progress
Last update: 28-11-2017
ECC Report Increasing transparency regarding the extra-territorial use of numbers for M2M communication within CEPT member states.
In April 2016 the WG NaN adopted the Recommendation 16(02)” Extra-Territorial Use of E.164 Numbers - High level principles of assignment and use”. In 3) and 4) of this Recommendation it is recommended to create more transparency on the extraterritorial use of E.164 numbers. The need for transparency with this type of use remains important in order to ensure regulatory compliance and to respect national sovereignty.

The idea of increased transparency where numbering resources are used extraterritorially for M2M is also recognized in the European Commission’s recent proposals for amending the regulatory framework (the EECC).

It is proposed to start a process of creating more transparency by gathering information 1) on the regulatory situation regarding the ET use of different numbering resources for M2M communication and 2) on the assignment of these resources. Furthermore it could be envisaged to publish this information on a regular basis via the ECO website.

When compared to a system of ”pan-EU authorisation“ as proposed by the Commission, such a list has the advantage that it does not involve difficult legal questions (e.g. legal basis, powers of enforcement, legal remedies), in particular since the registration is voluntary.
One of the targets is to determine a first set of information (a pilot project – MS Excel file containing sample information) that should be collected by CEPT administrations regarding the NRAs/ECS providers/providers of M2M services in their respective countries
S: 30-05-2017
T: 30-05-2019
Work Item Proposal adopted in WG NaN Helsinki (30 May - 01 June 2017)
PT FNI will start work on Report in Stockholm (27-28 June 2017)

In Progress
Last update: 15-03-2018
ECC Report Best practices on the sub-assignment of E.164 and E.212 numbering resources 

In September 2017, the WG NaN Strategy Task Force suggested that PT FNI could look at studying the sub-assignment of numbers. PT FNI - based on a questionnaire -  came to the conclusion that in  most countries sub-assignment of E.164 (and in some cases E.212) is allowed or an accepted practice. In some countries there are  rules defined in the numbering regulations; in others sub-assignment is not explicitly addressed in the regulations; in a few countries  sub-assignment is explicitly forbidden.

Sub-assignment of numbering resources may be defined as the practice where all, or part, of unassigned E.164 number block is used by another provider on the basis of an agreement with the original assignee. Sub-assignment is different from number portability and the transfer between providers of an assigned number block which is authorised by the NRA. With the sub-assignment practice, the sub-assignee is allowed to provide to its clients the use of numbers received in sub-assignment.

The work-item has as first objective to create a common understanding of the concept of sub-assignment. Based on that the pro’s and cons of sub-assignment will be assessed. Also numbering regulations/good practices containing rights and obligations e.g. to address the identified problems will be developed with special focus on the finding that sub-assignment of numbering resources inevitably leads to a loss of control by the Number Plan Administrator.  Enforceability of the proposed regulations will also a special point of attention. 
S: 22-11-2017
T: 30-05-2019
Work item adopted at the 15th WG NaN meeting (Bucharest, 21-23 November 2017)
In Progress
Last update: 28-11-2017
ECC Report

Regulatory Analysis of Over-The-Air Provisioning of E.212 and E.118 Resources 

The standardisation of the eSIM (or soft SIM) to facilitate Over The Air switching is currently being considered by GSMA and ETSI TC SCP and there are also non-standardised solutions already available on the market. The aim of this work is to study the implications following the use of eSIM in changing the electronic communications service provider (ESP) in these scenarios and to provide guidance on resolving the issues identified report.
S: 23-04-2015
T: 31-05-2018
- Drafting continuing at web meeting and physical meetings of PT NPS
 - Due to ongoing discussions with GSMA, Transnexus, CFCA andITU-T Study Group 2 it has been decided to postpone public consultationuntil November 2017.
 -  At its 15th meeting in Bucharest (21-23 November2017), WG NaN adopted for public consultation Draft ECC Report 274 on “Regulatory Analysis of Over-The-Air Provisioning of E.212 and E.118 Resources includingits impact on Number Portability” 
In Progress
Last update: 15-03-2018
ECC Report

The role of E.164 numbers in international fraud and misuse of electronic communications services

More and more ECC countries are faced with fraud and misuse where E.164 numbers play a role.Parties misuse the trust users have in CLI (e.g. CLI spoofing) in order to steal money or to harass people. Very often these systems are automated and organised from low income countries and/or in unstable jurisdictions where parties deliberately do not follow the rules.

This work item starts with making an inventory of these fraud systems where CLI plays a role,followed by the description of the fraudulent ecosystems and a summary of the existing rules and regulations (national and international) to maintain trust in CLI.

Effective and efficient measures will be proposed to prevent fraud and to mitigate the negative effects taking into account that parties do not behave according to the rules. These measures can be based, amongst other things, on practices in the Internet ecosystem.One important aspect to study is the responsibility of the different operators in the value chain (in other words: what can be reasonably expected from the operators?) (“duty of care”).

Also a gap analysis will be made in order to assess if additional legislation, regulations or guidelines are needed.An international approach is necessary as the phenomena of fraud/misuse of E.164 CLI are almost always international.
S: 19-10-2016
T: 31-05-2018
 - Work started on 19 October 2016 during 17th meeting of PT NP. (now PT NPS)
 - At its 15th meeting in Bucharest (21-23 November2017), WG NaN adopted for public consultation Draft ECC Report 275 on “The role of E.164 numbers in international fraud and misuse of electronic communications services”
  - 3 responses to public consultation reviewed at PT NPS meeting in Brussels (21-22 February 2018). Updated draft to be submitted to the 16th WG NaN meeting (29-31 May 2018)
In Progress
Last update: 15-03-2018
ECC Report Towards 2025: A vision for Numbering and Networks
In 2012, the WG NaN published a Green Paper entitled Long Term Evolution in Numbering, Naming and Adressing 2012-2022.  The document set out a vision for the years 2012-2022 and the conclusions and actions informed the work programme for the group in the intervening period.
In September 2017, the WG NaN Strategy Forum Group met in Athens and considered that a mid-term review of the Green Paper was required. During the review discussion it was agreed that a new strategic guidance document would better serve regulatory and insustry stakeholders.
S: 20-09-2017
T: 31-05-2019
In Progress
Last update: 28-11-2017
Rev. ECC Recommendation Amendment to ECCRecommendation (15)03 - Provision of Comparable Information on Retail InternetAccess Service Quality
EU Regulation 2015/2120 (TSM Regulation) concerning inter-alia openInternet access was published on 25 November 2015. The regulation containsrequirements for ISPs to publish various details concerning their servicesincluding minimum, normally available, advertised and maximum speeds for fixedconnections. For mobile connections, advertised and maximum speeds need to bepublished. BEREC has published guidellines on the implementation of thisregulation.

ECC Recommendation (15)03 entitled Provision of Comparable Informationon Retail Internet Access Service Quality was adopted on 23 April 2015. Thisrecommendation predates the EU Regulation and the BEREC Guidelines. As 28 CEPTcountries are EU Member States, PT TRIS considers that some minor amendments arerequired to ECC Recommendation to reflect the new regulations.

ECC Recommendation (15)03 needs to be updated to include references toRegulation 2015/2120 and the BEREC Guidelines on the Implementation by NationalRegulators of European Net Neutrality Rules in the “considering” part.

The additional requirement to include minimum and normally availablespeeds must also be included in the table in Annex 2, Table 2.

References:          EURegulation 2015/2120 , BERECGuidelines
S: 24-11-2016
T: 22-11-2018
Approval to start the work from WG NaN (22-24 November 2016, Brussels)
Amended Work Item Proposal discussed by PT TRIS (Split, 11-12 May 2017)
Target date for public consultation of November 2017 postponed by 6 months until May 2018 for more detailed consideration of the required amendments.
In Progress
Last update: 21-04-2017
ECC Report

Measurements Practice for Complaints Resolutions on Internet Access Service Quality

Collection of experiences in CEPT member organisations regarding measurement practice used for complaints resolution on Internet access service quality.
Seeking more support to proceed within PT TRIS
On Hold
* Target dates are seen as the intended date for the final approval of the related deliverable by the responsible entity. Internal deadlines for project teams and dates for the start of Public Consultations can be reflected in the remarks column. In general this implies that the draft deliverable should be completed by the project team one WG meeting earlier for publication.
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