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Last update: 01-12-2018
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: 31-05-2019

In Progress
Last update: 01-12-2018
ECC Report A country-by-country analysis on defining PSAP-side statistics to quantify the effectiveness of emergency caller location information received for mobile calls
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
In Progress
Last update: 01-12-2018
ECC Report Public Warning Systems – Evaluation of different technical solutions and regulatory implications
Authorisation Directive (2002/20/EU) Article 6.1 provides a legal basis for use conditions by authorities of public electronic communications networks. These conditions are mentioned in Annex A of the Directive. Item 11(a) provides the legal basis for public warning systems over electronic communications networks.
The proposed EECC (Article 102a)rephrases that legal basis as follows:

“Public Warning Systems
1. By 42 months after entry into force, Member States shall ensure that, when public warning systems regarding imminent or developing major emergencies and disasters are in place, public warnings are transmitted by providers of mobile number-based interpersonal communication services to end-users concerned.
2. Notwithstanding paragraph 1, Member States may determine that public warnings be transmitted through publicly available electronic communications services other than those referred to in paragraph 1 and other than broadcasting services, or through internet access service or a mobile application relying on an internet access service, provided that the effectiveness of the public warning system is equivalent in terms of coverage and capacity to reach end-users including those only temporarily present in the area concerned, taking utmost account of BEREC guidelines. Public warnings shall be receivable by end-users in an easy manner.
BEREC shall, after consulting the authorities in charge of PSAPs and by 18 months after entry into force publish guidelines on how to assess whether the effectiveness of public warnings under paragraph 2 is equivalent to those under paragraph 1.”

The European community including BEREC could benefit from the regulatory and technical insight of ECC WG NaN PT ES of the different solutions available for PWS.
The work could consist of:
• Getting an overview of current practises
• Analysis of the different solutions with pros and cons

The references provided below should be considered in advance defining the scope of the work. A PT ES report would need to come from a different perspective. A regulatory perspective.

S: 29-11-2018
Target dates to be determined at the next PT ES meeting in February 2019
In Progress
Last update: 05-11-2018
ECC Report Distribution and implementation of E.164 numbers across the electronic communications supply chain

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.

During a web meeting on 17 September 2018, PT FNI participants progressed work on a Draft ECC Report on the sub-assignment of E.164 numbering resources. During the web meeting the concept of number hosting was discussed in detail. It had previously been agreed that number hosting should be outside of the scope of the sub-assignment report. However, during the discussion it became clear that number hosting raises the same concerns for CEPT administrations regarding transparency in the assignment and use of E.164 numbers and it was agreed to broaden the scope of the report to also include hosting. It should be noted that in the case of hosting, the lack of transparency is not caused by sub-assignment but by the agreements primary assignees (or sub-assignees) enter into with other network operators to have their numbers hosted.
S: 22-11-2017
T: 28-11-2019
In Progress
Last update: 11-06-2018
ECC Report Regulatory impact on NP following migration to an all-IP environment
This ECC Report will analyse the regulatory impact of moving to new solutions for NP in an all-IP environment. The report will describe the number portability scenarios in an all-IP environment, including different routing solutions and NP database interaction with the IP routing database. Following this analysis the regulatory impact will be assessed regarding the migration process, legacy issues and whether or not new regulations are required.
S: 31-05-2018
T: 29-11-2019
In Progress
Last update: 11-06-2018
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: 26-11-2020
In Progress
Last update: 11-06-2018
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
T: 28-11-2019
In Progress
Last update: 05-11-2018
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: 29-11-2019
In Progress
Last update: 05-09-2018
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: 29-05-2020
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: 05-11-2018
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

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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