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Last update: 07-03-2022
ECC Report Draft ECC Report - eCall call-back functionality 
Study of technical and commercial issues causing failures to the eCall callback function, as being implemented in Europe. These issues may comprise the use of specific eCall architectures and generation of CLIs. The perspective will be from both telecom and equipment (vehicle and IVS) domains and their possible interaction. The goal of the study is to raise awareness of these issues among the stakeholders from both the industry and government, in particular the European Commission.
S: 06-02-2019
T: 26-11-2021
In Progress
Last update: 06-05-2022
ECC Report Draft ECC Report on Numbering for Private Networks
It is expected that with the rollout of LTE/5G there will be a need to interconnect many private networks with public networks and, from a numbering perspective, a coordinated approach to the assignment and use of E.212 and E.164 resources and other relevant numbering resources for this purpose may be required.

It is noted that various regulators, notably Ofcom & BNetzA, are licensing spectrum in localised areas, intended for private LTE & 5G networks for enterprises. It is likely that there will be a mix of network topologies that could emerge from this, mainly:
• isolated & purely private networks
• private networks with interconnect/roaming to public networks
• wholesale / neutral-host networks
• new managed service providers with spectrum in a number of locations (e.g. a Smart Building Mobile Operators)
• MVNOs or “slice” virtual networks linked to an existing MNO, perhaps with a separate core & local breakout run by the enterprise
• Vertical players with wide-area / national networks (utilities, road & rail, public safety etc.)

From a numbering perspective, these developments raise some questions:

1. At present, it is very unclear how these private/public networks will obtain numbers. Is there a need for NPAs to develop policies in relation to this?
2. These networks will be predominantly mobile. What are their needs with respect to MCCs and MNCs or can they use MCC 999 or MNCs under MCC 902 for SDOs etc?
3. What are the implications for using E.164 and E.212 numbering resources for cross-border enterprises ?
4. What are the implications for roaming in general? (Home versus visited networks and across borders).

LTE and 5G are happening now and network technology development and network rollout is likely to accelerate to hundreds, if not thousands, of new networks. NaN1 should consider developing an ECC Report on this subject informed by discussions with industry stakeholders.

S: 14-11-2019
T: 27-05-2021
In Progress
Last update: 06-05-2022
ECC Report ECC Report on Numbering issues for cloud-based communication services


We see more and more new applications emerging where phonenumbers are decoupled from SIM cards and/or fixed lines. They are dynamicallyassigned for short periods of time and or used for applications where there isno longer a strict relationship with a fixed/mobile phone line. Differentterminologies such as virtual numbers or cloud numbers, are used to describethis phenomenon.

These innovations have been made possible by using the cloudto provide electronic communications services.

There are many regulatory requirements in place in relationto the use of different types of number resources, in particular those designedto protect the interests of end-users, to facilitate competition and to ensurethe effective and efficient use of numbering resources. Are all of theseregulatory requirements reasonable and proportionate for those newapplications? In some circumstances they can even be contra-productive andhamper innovation.

The report will first of all describe these evolutions ofthe network and the new services based on those networks, will bring forward adefinition, make an assessment of the different regulatory requirements (e.g.number portability, CLI issues, emergency calls, relation of the identificationof calls with misuse or fraud) and other aspects (e.g. sub- assignment,security of communication) and their relevance to this new numbering usage andfinally make recommendations for the CEPT countries on numbering policy.

Special attention will be given to the question of whoexactly are the end-user and provider of the telephone numbers and theirtypical extraterritorial use.

S: 24-11-2021
T: 23-11-2023
NaN1 (working jointly with NaN2 and NaN3)
In Progress
Last update: 28-03-2022
ECC Report ECC Report on CLI Spoofing
Calling/Caller ID spoofing is a technique where the information displayed in the CLI field is manipulated with the intention of deceiving the called party into thinking that the call originated from another person, entity or location. It is very often used by fraudsters to take advantage of the inherent trust that end-users have in the integrity of CLI information to facilitate scams. But also some operators use CLI spoofing for illegal rerouting/arbitrage schemes (e.g. roaming non EU- originated traffic). Manipulation of CLI can also be a part of a legitimate activity and this adds complexity.

In this work item the ECC will address :
- the legal aspects (prohibition, exceptions, appropriate legal instruments,…);
- the possible technical measures for the different technologies to verify and authenticate the CLI with pros and contras;
- the operational impact for the different stakeholders with cost aspects;
- different aspects of the rollout of the solutions;
- impact on regulatory authorities and possible measures.
S: 31-05-2018
T: 26-11-2021
In Progress
Last update: 16-12-2020
ECC Report Defining and calculating free space  in cable ducts

It is planned that this ECC Report would provide a summary of the current situation for free space (capacity)in the cable ducts in CEPT countries. The Report would also provide definitions and options of mathematical calculations for defining and calculating free space in cable ducts for pulling and blowing alternative operators’ cables. The objective of the report would be to provide guidance or a harmonised approach to deal with disputes where infrastructure owners prohibit access by claiming alack of capacity. 

S: 05-09-2018
T: 26-11-2021
WG NaN agreeable to the work but support from further countries needed. Provisional support from some administrations which needs to be confirmed before the next PT TRIS meeting.

In Progress
Last update: 25-05-2021
ECC Report CEPT cooperation process for withholding payments and/or blocking access to numbers or services in cases of cross-border fraud or misuse
One of the most effective long-term approaches to tackling fraud and misuse is greater cooperation and information sharing between regulators. This can help us to better understand the changing nature of fraud mechanisms and to develop ex-ante and ex-post measures to protect the interests of citizens and consumers. With this aim, it is proposed to define a process for cooperation in the investigation of cross-border cases of fraud and misuse. The process would assist any regulatory intervention in the withholding of payments and/or blocking of access to numbers or services where fraud or misuse has occurred.

As a starting point, we plan to review the BEREC cooperation process, as set out in report BoR (13)37. The BEREC cooperation process was developed to assist regulatory authorities in the effective application of powers provided by Article 28(2) of the Universal Service Directive (USD) to require the withholding of payments and/or blocking of access to numbers or services in cases of fraud or misuse. It is a cooperation and information sharing tool used to complement national processes in combating fraud and misuse. We would consider the strengths and weaknesses of the BEREC cooperation process in developing the CEPT process.

ECC Report 275 (2018) The role of E.164 numbers in international fraud and misuse of electronic communications services
BEREC Report BoR (13)37 Article 28(2) USD Universal Service Directive: A harmonised BEREC cooperation process, March 2013
S: 31-05-2018
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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