17th European Spectrum Management Conference

Event Overview

The 17th European Spectrum Management Conference will take place in hybrid format from 8 – 9 June 2022. Registration & more information on the in-person element in Brussels will be released shortly. The event will gather key stakeholders to discuss topical issues relating to the management and coordination of spectrum policy across the region.

During the 2 days attendees will have the opportunity to get involved and engage through interactive sessions, networking opportunities, exhibition area and much more.

The conference is part of The Global Spectrum Series. The world’s largest collection of regional spectrum policy conferences.


Key theme 2

The path to
5G & beyond

Key theme 5


Key theme 1

Mid-band Spectrum

Key theme 6

Spectrum Sharing

Emerging new

Organisers & Partners

Forum Global
Event Organiser
Forum Global specializes in policy focused conferences and events, providing a platform for discussion and debate on topical issues across a variety of different sectors. These events are organized with clients and partners and aim to progress ideas and actions on important issues, all within a balanced and neutral setting.Forum Global is the international arm of Forum Europe, which was founded by Giles Merritt, columnist for the International Herald Tribune, and is widely recognized as the leading EU dedicated event provider.Headed by a team of events specialists with over 19 years of experience, Forum Global works successfully with businesses, institutions and governments alike. Its strategic services can maintain and develop your key policy networks, and also deliver forums where key issues can be aired and debated.
Event Partner
Analysys Mason
Analysys Mason is a global specialist in telecoms, media and technology (TMT). Since its formation, Analysys Mason has been instrumental in shaping spectrum policy around the world through our wide-ranging studies helping regulators and operators to develop spectrum strategy, efficiently manage spectrum, formulate spectrum licence conditions, value spectrum and prepare for spectrum awards. With offices in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Americas, the Middle East and Africa we are respected worldwide for our exceptional quality of work, independence and flexibility in responding to client needs. For over 25 years we have been helping clients in more than 100 countries to maximise their opportunities.
Conference Partner
Coleago Consulting
Coleago profile for conference website Founded in 2001, Coleago is a specialist telecoms management consulting firm. Our expertise has been developed exclusively within the telecoms sector and delivers a rare combination of telecoms-related commercial and technical skills and experience. Since 2001 we have worked on over 110 spectrum related projects in developed and emerging markets. Since 2017 our spectrum projects included the transition to 5G, including valuating spectrum most relevant for 5G such as 600MHz, 700MHz, 3.5GHz, and mm wave. We advise regulators on spectrum policy, spectrum roadmap, spectrum pricing, spectrum auctions and capacity building on the topic best practice in spectrum auctions. For mobile operators Coleago delivers regulatory advocacy and responses to consultation, spectrum valuation, bid strategy development and live auction support. Coleago also authored complete bid books for spectrum licence awards by means of a beauty contest. For further information, please visit www.coleago.com
Event Partner
Ericsson is a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and related services to mobile and fixed network operators globally. Over 1,000 networks in more than 180 countries utilize our network equipment and 40 percent of all mobile calls are made through our systems. We are one of the few companies worldwide that can offer end-to-end solutions for all major mobile communication standards. Communication is changing the way we live and work. Ericsson plays a key role in this evolution, using innovation to empower people, business and society. We provide communications networks, telecom services and multimedia solutions, making it easier for people all over the globe to communicate.
Event Partner
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.
Conference Partner
LS Telcom
LS telcom AG is an ISO-certified, worldwide leading provider of system solutions and consulting services for efficient spectrum management, radio monitoring and radio network planning (mobile broadband, IoT, critical communications, broadcast, etc.). Since its foundation in 1992, LS telcom has supported National Regulatory Authorities, International Institutions, Network Operators, Equipment Manufacturers and System Integrators to address challenges in radio communications. Through its global footprint of serving customers in more than 100 countries on five continents, LS telcom has gathered significant know-how and experience from around the world. Headquartered in Lichtenau, Germany, LS telcom currently employs more than 250 people worldwide with subsidiaries in the US, Canada, France, UK, South Africa, UAE and China. LS telcom invests substantial resources in research and development to be ahead of technology trends. To remain up to date with international regulations, standards and technology, LS telcom is a sector member of the ITU and actively participates in radio communications programs with prestigious universities and research institutes around the world.
Event Partner
Nokia is a global leader in creating the technologies at the heart of our connected world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers, with the industry’s most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing.From the enabling infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things, to emerging applications in virtual reality and digital health, we are shaping the future of technology to transform the human experience.
Event Partner
Qualcomm’s technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. While many of our inventions and breakthroughs reside “under the hood” of consumer electronics, they have transformed the world in a big way. They have helped propel mobile to the forefront of the technology world and to the top of consumers’ wish lists. They have created new opportunities for mobile ecosystem players — the wireless device makers, the operators, the developers and the content creators of the world. And more recently, our inventions and breakthroughs have inspired fresh, new ideas from those companies — large and small — new to the wireless space. We are engineers, scientists and business strategists. Together, we focus on a single goal — invent mobile technology breakthroughs. We pioneered 3G and 4G — and now, we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries including automotive, computing, IoT and healthcare, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined.
Event Partner
SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in two key business units: SES Video and SES Networks. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions. SES’s portfolio includes the ASTRA satellite system, which has the largest Direct-to-Home (DTH) television reach in Europe, O3b Networks, a global managed data communications service provider, and MX1, a leading media service provider that offers a full suite of innovative digital video and media services. Further information available at: www.ses.com
Knowledge Partner
Aetha Consulting provides strategic advice to the telecommunications industry and specialises in undertaking rigorous data-driven quantitative assessments to help businesses, regulators and policy makers make major strategic and regulatory decisions. We work with our clients to develop creative and sustainable solutions to the challenges facing them in a constantly changing environment. Aetha helps operators and regulators to analyse the opportunities and threats arising out of changes (whether real or proposed) in their radio spectrum holdings. Throughout the recent unprecedented growth of wireless services, Aetha's staff have been at the forefront of spectrum policy. Our consultants have assisted regulators to award spectrum and develop regulatory frameworks, including supporting the European Commission to tackle issues such as spectrum trading and the digital dividend. We also support operators to understand their spectrum needs, value spectrum and bid in auctions. Each year we support 10-15 bidders in spectrum auctions - a total of over 80 award processes between mid-2011 and 2017 across all regions of the world. Our technical knowledge, combined with our rigorous valuation modelling approach, ensures that our clients are comprehensively prepared for auctions.
Knowledge Partner
NERA Economic Consulting is a global firm of experts dedicated to applying economic, finance, and quantitative principles to complex business and legal challenges. For half a century, NERA’s economists have been creating strategies, studies, reports, expert testimony, and policy recommendations for government authorities and the world’s leading law firms and corporations. We bring academic rigor, objectivity, and real world industry experience to bear on issues arising from competition, regulation, public policy, strategy, finance, and litigation. NERA’s clients value our ability to apply and communicate state-of-the-art approaches clearly and convincingly, our commitment to deliver unbiased findings, and our reputation for quality and independence. Our clients rely on the integrity and skills of our unparalleled team of economists and other experts backed by the resources and reliability of one of the world’s largest economic consultancies. With its main office in New York City, NERA serves clients from more than 25 offices across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Previous speakers


Rita Wezenbeek

Director for Connectivity, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Mario Maniewicz

Director, BR, ITU


Frank Krueger

Chairman, RSPG


Jonas Wessel

Chair, Sub-Group on New Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP), RSPG


Elodie Viau

Chairman, WG WRC-23 RCC


Gilles Brégant

Director General, ANFR


Philip Marnick

Spectrum Group Director, Ofcom


Thomas Heutmann

Head of Section on Fixed Service, BNetzA


Voichita Valcea

Spectrum Management Expert, ANCOM Romania; Sub-Group Coordinator, Connectivity Special Group


Kyriakos Baxevanidis

Acting Head of Unit, Spectrum Policy Unit, European Commission


All times in the agenda are in local Bangkok time

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
13:00 - 13:05
Welcome and Introductions
13:05 - 13:30
Opening Ceremony
Mario Maniewicz
Director, Radiocommunications Bureau, ITU
Masanori Kondo
Secretary General, Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT)
13:30 - 14:45
Session 1: Maintaining global leadership – Delivering the spectrum to power the continual evolution of 5G

Asia is widely considered as leading the way on initial 5G rollout, with commercial networks now available in countries across the region. Work is continuing with the award and allocation of the first wave of bands that have been identified for 5G (primarily 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz), and alongside this, attention is already moving on to explore options for the next key bands to provide the required connectivity as 5G starts to become more mature and widespread. A range of different options are being considered for this – 600MHz, 2.3GHz, 3.3 – 4.2GHz, 4.4-5GHz, 6GHz, 26/28GHz and 40GHz amongst them. This session will look at the progress made across the region in getting the initial spectrum for 5G to market, and then moving forward, at the most realistic options to provide the required large contiguous blocks of spectrum that are required for the continual evolution of 5G technologies. It will discuss the amount of additional spectrum that is truly required to meet current and future demands for connectivity, and the best path for Asia to ensure that it maintains its position as global leader when it comes to 5G.


  • What bands have provided the initial spectrum for 5G networks across the APAC region, and what process has been made in their award and allocation
  • What impact have factors such as the Covid-19 pandemic had on the timetable for auctions and awards of 5G spectrum, and what now needs to be done to get the required spectrum to market as soon as possible?
  • Beyond the bands that have already been identified, how much additional spectrum and bandwidth will be required for the evolution of 5G?
  • What new options exist in the low, mid and high range frequencies to meet these requirements, and how can the spectrum needs of satellite, broadcast, WiFi and other key stakeholders also be taken care of?
  • How does the situation vary at a global level with regards to new spectrum bands that are being identified and used for 5G, and to what extent is a co-ordinated approach being seen?
  • What can be done across Asia to ensure that the region continues its leadership in 5G as technologies continue to evolve and develop?
Moderator: Masanori Kondo
Secretary General, APT
Fansheng Zeng
Vice Director, Frequency Planning Division Bureau of Radio Regulation, China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)
James Cameron
Authority Member, Australian Communications and Media Authority
Pratompong Srinuan
Senior Economics Expert, NBTC, Thailand
Stuart Cooke
Chair, Global Spectrum Team, GSA
Zeina Mokaddem
VP, Regulatory and Market Access, Inmarsat
14:45 - 15:30
15:30 - 16:45
Session 2: The rise of private 5G networks – new models, new approaches & the future role of MNOs in meeting vertical connectivity needs

Regulators and stakeholders are increasingly looking at options to provide private localised networks in order to meet the unique connectivity, latency and reliability requirements of different sectors. A number of different models are being seen for this, including the provision of dedicated spectrum to verticals and emerging new business models where operators are using cloud-native systems and network slicing to meet the needs of specific vertical markets. This session will look at the increasing focus on private 5G networks to deliver vertical connectivity, and the different licencing models, technologies and spectrum bands that are being considered. With this shift away from the traditional model of delivering connectivity, it will also look at the impact that this may have on business models and relationships between MNOs and vertical users, and at the potential for new partnerships to be developed for the benefit of all.


  • What different models and approaches to delivering vertical connectivity are being seen across the Asia region, and what bands are being used?
  • What are the pros and cons of using shared spectrum and dedicated spectrum respectively to meet the many varied needs of vertical use-cases? What role can unlicenced spectrum play?
  • How are MNOs in Asia utilising cloud-native systems and network slicing to meet the needs of specific vertical markets? How does this differ to approaches being seen in Europe and the US?
  • What benefits can collaboration in this way bring for verticals in terms of quality and reliability of service?
  • To what extent is there a need for a more co-ordinated approach to the approaches and spectrum that are being used to deliver vertical connectivity across the region and globally?
Moderator: Bharat Bhatia
President, ITU-APT Foundation
Deng Wei
Director of Wireless & Terminal Technology Department, China Mobile Research Institute
Heidi Himmanen
Chief Adviser, Traficom, Finland
Alexander Kühn
Deputy Head of Section "International Frequency Affairs”, BNetzA, Germany
Magnus Ewerbring
Vice President, CTO Asia-Pacific, Group Function Technology, Ericsson
Gianandrea Bruzzone
Managing Director, ABB Thailand
16:45 - 17:30
Showcase Session 1

Showcase Stage 1: Lighting up the Future, hosted by Huawei
Showcase Stage 2: Demonstrating Emerging Satellite Technologies to Address the Digital Divide in APAC, hosted by SES
Showcase Stage 3: Maximizing the Potential of the UHF Band with Modern Approaches & Systems, hosted by LS telcom

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19:30 - 21:15
After Hours… Session 3: WRC-23 – where are we with preparations on key agenda items in Asia-Pacific and globally?

Across the world, preparatory work for WRC-23 has been continuing at a regional level, and later this year, the first inter-regional workshop is due to be held. Whilst many of the key agenda items in this cycle are predominantly focussed on regions 1 and 2, they are still of huge importance to stakeholders in the APAC region. Decisions related to the assignment of key bands such as the 3.3-3.8GHz and 6GHz (both of which we will be looking at in more detail tomorrow) are going to have a big impact on the overall global ecosystem. This session will provide an update on current thinking and emerging positions across the different regions, and bringing the discussion back to Asia, look at the work that is being done to prepare for WRC-23 here, and at how decisions made will impact the future of key bands.


  • What are going to be the key discussions at WRC-23 for Asia Pacific stakeholders?
  • In what way are decisions that don’t directly focus on region 3 still likely to affect future thinking across Asia Pacific countries?
  • What positions are emerging around the world in key bands such as the 3.3-3.8GHz and 6GHz?
  • What work is being done to help clarify the parameters of IMT-Advanced and FWA systems and to study fixed service bands for IMT fixed wireless access (FWA)?
  • With characteristics and parameters for sharing studies due to be concluded at the WP 5D meeting early next month, what progress has been made and what are now the next steps?
  • Moving beyond WRC-23, What are likely to be the key agenda items and topics for discussion for WRC-27?
Moderator: Mario Maniewicz
Director, Radiocommunications Bureau, ITU
Keynote Presentation: Regional WRC-23 preparations and emerging positions in APAC
Kyu-Jin Wee
Chairman, APG-23, APT
Regional WRC-23 preparations and emerging positions in CEPT
Alexandre Kholod
Chairman, Working Group for preparation of WRC-23, CEPT
Regional WRC-23 preparations and emerging positions in CITEL
Victor Martinez
Chairman, Working Group for preparation of WRC-23, CITEL
Panel Discussion
Glyn Carter
Senior Spectrum Advisor, GSMA
Elena Puigrefagut
Senior Project Manager, Technology & Innovation, EBU
Mohaned Juwad
Senior Manager, Spectrum Policy, Intelsat
13:00 - 13:20
Session 4: Finding the right balance – meeting the needs of all users in key mid-band frequencies
Thinking Point – Balancing the needs of 5G and other key users in upper mid- band frequencies
Stefan Zehle
CEO, Coleago
13:20 - 14:30
Session 4i: Finding the right balance – meeting the needs of all users across the 3.3 – 5GHz frequency ranges

The arguments surrounding the future use of the 3.3-4.2GHz C-band are of course well known – it is seen as vital spectrum by both satellite and IMT users. Across the APAC region and elsewhere, regulators are working to release bandwidth for 5G, whilst also putting measures in place to safeguard satellite services in the band and protect them from interference. This session will provide an update on the current status within the band, before looking at slightly higher frequencies, and examining the potential that the 4.4-5GHz band can also play in delivering connectivity for 5G services. Where does the balance lie in meeting the needs for all the key users in these essential mid-band frequencies?


  • What is the current status across the region with regards to the assignment spectrum in the 3.3-4.2GHz C-band for 5G?
  • To what extent is trouble free co-existence between mobile and satellite in the C-band possible?
  • What specific challenges emerge when considering the avoidance of interference with altimeters in the 4.2-4.4 GHz portion of band and what can be done to protect these critical users?
  • What size guard band is necessary to ensure protection against interference and what other technological and regulatory solutions can also help facilitate this?
  • How advanced is the development of the broader ecosystem across the entire 3.2-5GHz frequencies, and what national plans are being seen across Asia?
  • To what extent can the 4.4-5GHz band be part of the solution? What is the current situation with this band both in the region and elsewhere?
  • How can neighbouring countries work together to ensure that appropriate cross-border agreements are in place to protect border regions when different timings for the reallocation of spectrum are seen?
  • To what extent are globally harmonised spectrum allocations for 5G starting to be seen across the broader mid-range frequencies, and what benefits could this bring if it was delivered?
Moderator: Marc Eschenburg
Partner, Aetha Consulting
Eiman Mohyeldin
Senior Specialist Spectrum Regulation, Nokia
Zhou Yao
Leader of Spectrum and Policy Research Group, China Unicom
Mohaned Juwad
Senior Manager, Spectrum Policy, Intelsat
14:30 - 15:15
Showcase Session 2

Showcase Stage 1: The Future of Industry – Spectrum and Connectivity, hosted by Nokia
Showcase Stage 2: Spectrum Needs for 5G Mobile in Dense Urban Environments and 5G FWA in the 2025-30 Time Frame, hosted by Coleago
Showcase Stage 3: The Expansion of Wi-Fi into the 6GHz Band, hosted by Facebook

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15:15 - 16:00
16:00 - 17:10
Session 4ii: Meeting the needs of all users in the 6GHz band

The 6GHz band continues to be one of the most sort-after frequency ranges for a number of key stakeholders. It is currently used around the world by satellite, fixed and microwave systems and is seen as a critical band for next generation wireless systems Including Wi-Fi and 5G. Countries across the APAC region are starting to make decisions on the future of the band, and have begun consulting and studying the best use of the band. In parallel, the future of the band is also on the agenda for WRC-23 – in Asia, the top 100 MHz portion is under consideration for possible IMT allocation.  This session will hear from speakers developing thinking and positions for the use of the band both across the APAC region and elsewhere and examine the best way to ensure that the needs of all the key users in the band can be balanced.


  • What is the value of 6Ghz to next generation wireless and cellular systems globally and in the Asia-Pacific? What are some of the significant future use cases of the 6Ghz band globally going forward?
  • To what extent will this band play an important role in supporting digital transformation and digital economic growth in the region? How can the socio-economic benefits of the 6GHz band be best maximised across both developed and developing countries in the APAC region?
  • What has been the progress thus far in terms of device standards and ecosystem readiness for new applications expecting to leverage the 6GHZ band?
  • To what extent is co-existence between incumbent and potential new users such as WiFi and 5G feasible? What are some potential challenges would this present and how could these be overcome?
  • Where does the balance lie between licenced and licence-exempt use of the 6GHz spectrum?
  • What national positions are emerging across the APAC region, and to what extent is work being done to deliver a co-ordinated regional approach?
Moderator: Hans-Martin Ihle
Associate Director, NERA Economic Consulting
Siow Meng Soh
Consultant and ICT Expert
Chris Woolford
Chairman, ECC, CEPT
Guillaume Mascot
Head of Government Relations APJ, Nokia (on behalf of GSMA, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia & ZTE)
Renuka Rajaratnam
Public Policy Manager, Connectivity & Access Policy, Facebook
19:30 - 21:00
After Hours… Session 5: The emerging mmWave ecosystem – key frequencies, technologies and use cases

Allocation of spectrum and roll-out of 5G service in the mmWave frequencies has to date been a little slower than many predicted. With only a few exceptions, the vast majority of 5G launches have relied on mid-band spectrum. There are signs however of momentum starting to grow in the mmWave frequencies, and alongside the US, Asia is leading the way globally. This session will look at the current situation in the region and elsewhere across different mmWave frequencies (26GHz, 28GHz, 40GHz, 47GHz, 66-71GHz and more. It will look at the extent to which economies of scale and overall market readiness for mmWave 5G are increasing, and more broadly at the continued evolution of 5G and other key technologies and services in the mmWave frequencies and at the ecosystem that is starting to emerge.


  • What is the current state of mmWave spectrum licensing and network deployment around the world, and in Asia specifically?
  • What authorisation and regulatory models have been seen?
  • Where are we with regards to the availability of mmWave equipment and devices across different bands, and to what extent is the 5G mmWave ecosystem now market ready and economically viable?
  • What challenges to roll-out of 5G services in mmWave frequencies still exist, and how can these be overcome?
  • How is the satellite ecosystem within the mmWave frequencies developing, and to what extent can mmWave spectrum help the continued development of non-terrestrial 5G?
Moderator: Crispian Wong
Senior Manager, Asia & US, Access Partnership
Shingo Uni
Deputy Director, Land Mobile Communications Division, Radio Department, Telecommunications Bureau, MIC Japan
Kishore Babu
Deputy Director General, Department of Telecom, Digital Communications Commission, India
Philippe Poggianti
Vice-President, Business Development 5G, Qualcomm
Cristian Gomez
Senior Director, Government & Regulatory Affairs, Asia Pacific, Viasat
Tare Brisibe
Senior Legal & Regulatory Counsel, APAC SES
Nese Guendelsberger
Deputy Bureau Chief, International Bureau, FCC
12:30 - 13:55
Session 6: Maximising the potential of the UHF band – the 700MHz and beyond

Assignment of the 700MHz band continues across the APAC region, with significant progress seen across a number of countries in the past 12 months. And whilst the digital switchover and clearing process in the 700MHz band continues, around the world attention is starting to switch to the 600MHz band, and the future of services there. This session will look broadly at the situation across both bands. It will examine the progress being made in the 700MHz band and at the different models to assign the spectrum that are being seen. It will also explore some of the positions that are starting to emerge in the sub-700MHz band across the region. Where does the balance lie in meeting the needs of broadcast, PMSE, IMT and other key users within the UHF band? 


  • What is the current state of play with regards to the re-assignment of the 700MHz band across the region, and where can we expect to be by the end of this year?
  • What models are being seen across the region for the roll-out of services in the band?
  • Should regulators be looking at initially making the spectrum in the band available for 4G and then transition to 5G at a later stage, or is there an argument to allocate it for 5G use straight away?
  • What positions across the region are emerging in the sub-700MHz frequencies, and what is the likely long-term future there?
  • With many countries still working to complete the digital switchover in the 700MHz band, should the focus at this stage be on this task, or is there an argument to also start exploring options in the 600MHz band at the same time?
  • What impact would a further reduction of UHF band spectrum for terrestrial television broadcasting have on countries across the region, and how can the needs of broadcasters, PPDR and other key users of UHF spectrum be safeguarded?
Moderator: Richard Womersley
Managing Director, LS telcom
Purushottam Khanal
Chairman, Nepal Telecommunications Authority
Luong Xuan Truong
Official, Radio Frequency Policy & Planning Division, ARFM Vietnam
Craig Scott
Principal Spectrum Planner, Radio Spectrum Management, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, New Zealand
Amal Punchihewa
Consultant and Advisor, Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development
Siti Hajar
Specialist, Spectrum Policy, Axiata
Andreas Wilzeck
Head of Spectrum and Innovation, Sennheiser
13:55 - 14:40
Showcase Session 3

Showcase Stage 1: 5G Spectrum for Local Industrial Networks – Leveraging Mobile Network Operator Assets & Expertise, hosted by Ericsson
Showcase Stage 2: How Satellite Supports Safety at Sea, the Remotest Location on the Planet, hosted by Inmarsat
Showcase Stage 3: Economics of mmWave from Europe to APAC, hosted by Qualcomm

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14:40 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:15
Session 7: Tackling the Digital Divide – Harnessing the power of the digital economy for all

COVID-19 has really highlighted the importance of digital connectivity in allowing governments, individuals and businesses to cope with social distancing, work from home, get access to distance learning and telehealth, and maintain business and service continuity. Almost half of the population in Central Asia is still not digitally connected, and this digital divide is a major challenge for technology providers and policymakers across the region. This session will look at the different technologies and options that are available to help to tackle this issue and the work that is being done to improve access, affordability, and security, as well as to secure the required investment. Focussing on some of the successful projects that are emerging, it will look at how policymakers, technology providers and other key stakeholders can come together to overcome the barriers and continue to connect the hardest to reach areas.


  • What tangible progress to narrowing the digital divide has been seen in Asia and across the world over the past few years?
  • What national digitalisation programs are being rolled out and to what extent are results being seen?
  • How can it be ensured that connectivity is provided in an affordable and secure manner, and that the needs of unconnected communities are both understood and met?
  • What innovative and collaborative approaches are being seen? How can new technologies be combined with forward thinking policies to deliver real and tangible progress?
  • How are technology companies, connectivity providers and other key stakeholders collaborating to help deliver connectivity in rural areas?
  • What impact can emerging new technologies such as fixed wireless access (FWA) have on connecting the unconnected and tackling the digital divide, and to what extent is this impact already starting to be seen?
  • What are the spectrum requirements, and how can it be ensured that access to the necessary bandwidth is available?
Moderator: Aamir Riaz
Programme Officer, ITU
Thong Chenda
Chairman, Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia (TRC)
Dr. Ir. Ismail. MT
Director General of Resources Management and Equipment of Posts and Informatics, Ministry of Communication and Informatics, Indonesia
Oshada Senanayake
Director General, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka
Tide Xu
Chief Strategy Officer, Wireless Product Line, Huawei, Huawei
Peng Zhao
Government Affairs and Policy, OneWeb
16:15 - 16:30
16:30 - 17:30
Session 8: In the Spotlight – Presentations focussing on key spectrum issues
Moderator: Scott Minehane
Managing Director, Windsor Place Consulting
Case Study: Spectrum assignment and licencing in Bangladesh
Shahidul Alam
Director General, Spectrum Division, Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission
Case Study: Spectrum assignment and licencing – A mobile perspective
Arisa Siong
Director, Public and Regulatory Affairs, Telenor
Developments and opportunities in microwave backhaul
    • What trends, operators expectations and spectrum bottlenecks in microwave backhaul are being seen across the region?
    • What new and emerging technologies are helping to progress the microwave backhaul industry and how can these new technologies facilitate the use of frequency assigned for Fixed Service?
    • What role can the E band play in helping to meet wireless backhaul needs for 4G and 5G, and how can the potential of this be maximised?
Mehul Bhandari
Senior Manager, Spectrum & Policy, GSMA
Renato Lombardi
Chairman, Industry Study Group mWT, ETSI
17:30 - 18:00
Final Conclusions and Closing Ceremony
Atsuko Okuda
Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific, ITU
Masanori Kondo
Secretary General, Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT)
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Event Background

For 16 years, The European Spectrum Management Conference has provided the leading neutral platform for spectrum stakeholders policy discussion in the region. This event is taking place as part of The Global Spectrum Series.

Global Spectrum Series

The Global Spectrum Series is the world’s largest collection of regional spectrum policy conferences. 

2021 Edition

The European Spectrum Management Conference is now in its 17th year. The 2021 edition welcomed over 1200 delegates virtually. More information on this event and links to catch up sessions can be found below. 


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