15th European Spectrum Management Conference

Covid-19 outbreak: Please note that at this time, The European Spectrum Management Conference is still scheduled to go ahead as planned in Brussels on 23 & 24 June. We are of course monitoring the situation closely however, and will be posting regular updates on the website and via email. If a decision is made to change either the date or format of the event, then all registered delegates will have the option of cancelling their registration and receiving a full refund. In the meantime, we invite you to register now to reserve your place, and thank you for your understanding and support during this challenging period.

Event Overview

The 15th edition of the European Spectrum Management Conference will provide a meeting point for spectrum stakeholders to come together and discuss topical issues relating to the management and coordination of spectrum policy across the region.

Sessions will include a focus on issues such as the post-WRC landscape and the emerging mmWave ecosystem, tackling connectivity ‘not-spots’, the future of spectrum sharing, spectrum pricing for 5G awards and much more.

Don’t miss the opportunity to join the debate at Europe’s leading meeting point for Spectrum policy discussions – Registration is now open!

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

 

Organisers & Partners

Event Organiser
Forum Global
www.forum-global.com
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.
Platinum Sponsor
Coleago Consulting
www.coleago.co.uk
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
Platinum Sponsor
Ericsson
www.ericsson.com
Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, business and society to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.Our services, software and infrastructure - especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud - are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities.With approximately 115,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world's mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments in research and development ensure that our solutions - and our customers - stay in front.Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales in 2015 were SEK 246.9 billion (USD 29.4 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.
Platinum Sponsor
ESOA
www.esoa.net
ESOA is a non-profit organisation established with the objective of serving and promoting the common interests of satellite operators from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the CIS. The Association today represents the interests of 21 satellite operators who deliver information communication services across the globe. Together ESOA Members provide invaluable communications services to the whole world including emergency communications, live broadcasting, maritime and aero communications, secure services for governments, 24-7 monitoring of industrial processes such as energy plants and a whole range of other communications capabilities that society has come to rely on.
Diamond Host
Huawei
www.huawei.com
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, we have established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks, devices and cloud computing. We are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive solutions and services. Our products and solutions have been deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population.
Platinum Sponsor
Federated Wireless
www.federatedwireless.com
Federated Wireless is leading the wireless industry through the shared spectrum revolution, unlocking a spectrum of possibilities by eliminating the decades-old problem of spectrum scarcity. Federated Wireless offers the industry’s first Spectrum Controller, enabling government and commercial users to securely share the same spectrum band for delivering high-performance wireless services without impacting quality of service. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Federated Wireless is removing the multi-billion dollar price tag associated with spectrum access, allowing for the creation of new wireless carriers and business models. For more information please visit, www.federatedwireless.com.
Platinum Sponsor
Intel
www.intel.com
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices. Intel expands the boundaries of technology to make the most amazing experiences possible. Additional information about Intel is available at intel.com
Platinum Sponsor
Plum Consulting
www.plumconsulting.co.uk
Plum Consulting is a specialised consulting firm offering strategy, policy, regulatory and engineering advice on telecoms, media and online sectors; and on radio spectrum as a key sector input. In October 2014 Plum Consulting London LLP and Aegis Systems Limited announced that they had entered into an agreement under which the business operations of Aegis Systems became part of Plum. The combined entity, trading as Plum, builds on the strategy, policy and regulatory advice from Plum’s consultants and specialist technical and engineering advice to users and regulators of the radio spectrum from Aegis consultants. Our clients on radio spectrum projects include government, regulators and industry players (operators and vendors). We work in many countries in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, Europe and North and Latin America and the Caribbean on a wide range of spectrum and telecoms issues. Many of our projects are published and can be seen at http://plumconsulting.co.uk/publications
Platinum Sponsor
Qualcomm
www.qualcomm.com
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
Platinum Sponsors
SES
www.ses.com
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
Gold Sponsor
Analysys Mason
www.analysysmason.com
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.
Gold Sponsor
CBRS Alliance
https://www.cbrsalliance.org/
The CBRS Alliance is a coalition of organizations that represent a multitude of industries sharing one common belief: that LTE-based solutions in the CBRS band, utilizing shared spectrum, can enable both in-building and outdoor coverage and capacity expansion at massive scale. The CBRS Alliance member companies are dedicated to developing innovative wireless solutions that maximize CBRS’ full potential. The mission of the organization is three-fold:- Evangelize LTE-based CBRS technology, use cases and business opportunities - Drive technology developments necessary to fulfill the mission, including multi-operator LTE capabilities - Establish an effective product certification program for LTE equipment in the US 3.5 GHz band ensuring multi-vendor interoperabilityThe CBRS Alliance was founded by Access Technologies, Federated Wireless, Nokia, Qualcomm, Ruckus Wireless and Intel in 2016, and now includes 70+ members, including key U.S. mobile and cable operators. Members are working together to encourage trials and commercial deployments using shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band to enable better in-building and outdoor coverage as well as wireless network capacity expansion. Alliance members are building LTE-based solutions for the CBRS band.
Gold Sponsor
Commscope
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Gold Sponsor
Eutelsat
www.eutelsat.com
Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world's leading satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data, Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. Over 6,700 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat assembles 1,000 men and women from 44 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of service. Eutelsat Communications is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ticker: ETL). For more about Eutelsat go to www.eutelsat.com
Silver Sponsor
BNE
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Silver Sponsor
EWIA
www.ewia.org
The European Wireless Infrastructure Association is the European trade association of wholesale wireless infrastructure providers. Our members invest in and operate wireless infrastructure essential to the delivery of mobile voice, wireless broadband and other wireless networks.EWIA advocates policies that encourage the network infrastructure investment and deployment necessary to make advanced wireless broadband available everywhere for consumers, businesses, health care, public safety and the countless other sectors that rely on always-on wireless connections
Event Partner
GSC
https://gscoalition.org/
The Global Satellite Coalition (GSC) brings together the world's satellite associations to drive industry priorities with one voice, unlocking opportunities for industry growth and ensuring the future for millions of stakeholders who depend on satellite-based solutions. The GSC’s ultimate objective is to secure an ecosystem that allows every world citizen to be connected. The GSC’s priority is to advocate the role of satellite in achieving complete connectivity from contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Broadband Commission’s connectivity objectives to realizing the Network of Networks required for 5G. In addition, it will work on ensuring satellite services are an essential element of national broadband strategies, universal service programs and disaster preparedness efforts.
Knowledge Partner
Aetha
www.aethaconsulting.com
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
www.nera.com
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.

Speakers

Full speaker biographies for this year’s conference can be found below. Please check back regularly for updates

Mario Maniewicz

Mario Maniewicz

Director,
BR,
ITU

Andreas Geiss

Andreas Geiss

Head of Spectrum Policy Unit,
European Commission

Frank Krueger

Frank Krüger

Chair,
RSPG

Alexandre Kholod

Alexandre Kholod

Chairman,
CPG23,
CEPT

Luigi Ardito

Luigi Ardito

Senior Director of Government Affairs,
Qualcomm

Jennifer McCarthy

Jennifer McCarthy

VP,
Legal Advocacy,
Federated Wireless

Jan-Hendrik Jochum

Jan-Hendrik Jochum

Senior Expert Public & Regulatory Affairs,
Deutsche Telekom

Colin Thomson

Colin Thomson

Head of Practice, Infrastructure,
Access Partnership

Mark Gibson

Mark Gibson

Senior Director,
Business Development, Comsearch

Stefan Zehle

Stefan Zehle

Co-Founder & CEO,
Coleago

Agenda

Day 1
2020-06-23
Day 2
2020-06-24
09:00 - 10:20
Session 1: Spectrum Strategies and Visions in Europe
Keynote Presentation
Fireside Chat – Where next for the new Commission

The European electronic communications code was adopted in late 2018 and  included updates rules for the management of spectrum in Europe. Building on this, in February this year, the Commission issued a request to the RSPG for an opinion on a new Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (to update the last one, which was adopted in 2012). Focusing on these key policy packages and more, this session will look at the key challenges, opportunities and priorities ahead for spectrum policy in Europe.

 

• What progress has been made with the implementation of the spectrum aspects of the Communications Code into national legislation in member states across Europe?
• Where are we now at with 5G deployment in Europe, and what are the next steps and the roadmap ahead? What should be the priorities for the new Commission be to build on the Communications Code and other recent legislation to deliver on these key objectives?
• Is it time for a new RSPP, and if so then what should the key objectives and priorities be?

10:00 - 10:20
Thinking Point
10:20 - 11:15
Session 2: Developing an EU-wide approach for the easy deployment of Small Cells

One of the objectives of the European Communication Code was to provide a light deployment regime for small cells and small-area wireless access points. As the first step to deliver this, the Commission have been gathering feedback and compiling a report on the definition of small cells, the likely scale of network densification and on the impact that a light deployment regime may have. This session will look at the measures that are being taken by the Commission and the next steps as they look to streamline rollout of small cells and 5G deployment more broadly.

 

• What are the major issues faced when considering the siting, deployment and mounting of small cells and what measures are being proposed by the Commission to reduce any regulatory burden on these?
• What physical and technical parameters have been identified by the Commission to be used to determine what should be considered as a small cell?
• How should it be dealt with in the situation where there are a number of small cells in the same location, possibly sharing some components of equipment?
• Where does the balance lie between delivering a simplified, co-ordinated and more predictable permit regime, and ensuring that member states retain control over the planning of cities and other areas?
• How can it be ensured that any measures taken by the Commission take into account potential environmental, economic and other possible issues raised by small cell deployment?
• To what extent will the work being done by the Commission help to speed up the densification of networks and ultimately 5G rollout around Europe?

11:15 - 11:35
Morning Coffee
11:35 - 11:50
Keynote Presentation: The post WRC landscape – implementation and next steps
11:50 - 12:55
Session 3: The emerging mmWave ecosystem – A focus on the post-WRC landscape

Around the world, mmWave licences are being awarded for IMT, and services are beginning to be rolled out. And with one of the key focusses at WRC-19  being the identification of additional spectrum for IMT in the mmWave bands, the shape of the future mmWave landscape is starting to emerge. This session will look at this in a little more detail, examining the early results that are being seen where mobile services have already been launched in mmWave bands, and at the future shape of services in these bands more broadly.

 

• Where have mmWave bands now started to be used for 5G in regions around the world and what results are being seen? What mmWave ecosystem is developing?
• Have early results (particularly, for example, from Verizon in the US) started to change any opinions on the potential of these key bands?
• What is the true demand for mmWave spectrum? Will the increasing availability of mid-band spectrum (and with more in the pipeline for the near  future) take the pressure off and mean there is less of a focus on mmWave for IMT?
• How much mmWave spectrum was allocated for IMT at WRC-19 and what will this do to the future mmWave landscape? To what extent has this changed plans within mmWave bands both in Europe and elsewhere around the world?
• What will the new ‘2-phase approach’ for the emission limits in the 26GHz band mean for incumbent and future users of the band and does it strike the right balance between protecting satellite users and enabling the quick and efficient roll-out of 5G? What impact could the decision in Europe to move the transition date forward to 2024 (instead of 2027) have?
• What are likely to now be the key mmWave frequencies in the short and longer term, both in Europe and the rest of the world?

12:55 - 13:50
Lunch
13:50 - 15:00
Session 4: Looking Forward – key agenda items and prominent issues for WRC-23

With the dust still settling on WRC-19, attention has already moved on to starting to plan for WRC-23. The agenda for this was set by delegates in Sharm-el-Sheikh, and with WRC-19 having now settled a lot of the discussions around mmWave bands, focus is expected to switch to low and mid-band frequencies. This highly interactive session will hear the opinions from key industry stakeholders and the audience in the room more broadly on what they now see as their main priorities, opportunities and challenges ahead of WRC-23; and look ahead at the next steps and timetable ahead as the build up to WRC-23 already begins.

 

• Following the outcomes of WRC-19, what are now the key priorities, opportunities and challenges for different stakeholder groups?
• What are set to be the most important (and most contentious) issues or agenda items at WRC-23 both for region 1 and globally?
• Will we still be talking about ‘spectrum for 5G’ when we reach 2023, or will the focus have switched to B5G or 6G?

15:00 - 16:10
Session 5: Spectrum for verticals – meeting the connectivity requirements of all users

A major focus area for regulators all around the world at present is on the best way to provide vertical industry users with access to 5G spectrum. A number of different licencing models are being explored by regulators around the world in order to deliver this, including the option to offer vertical users the opportunity to acquire spectrum directly, through localised 5G licences. This session will explore the pros and cons of the various approaches that are being seen and discuss the best way forward to ensure an efficient and flexible spectrum framework that satisfies the many varied 5G and vertical use cases.

 

• What approaches have been seen in different member states and how do these compare?
• What fee structures are being seen for access, and do these strike the balance between encouraging innovation and ensuring a fair and non-discriminatory approach?
• Taking things a step further, is there an argument for city councils to become spectrum holders?
• Is there an argument that dedicated spectrum should be allocated for IoT?
• Could the approach of reserving spectrum for industry be extended to other bands, for example mmWave spectrum?
• Which spectrum bands would be most appropriate for local licencing to ensure a balance of meeting demand, and how much should be reserved?

16:10 - 16:30
Afternoon Refreshments
16:30 - 17:45
Session 6: Breakout Sessions

Delegates have the choice of attending one of the following parallel breakout sessions:

Breakout 1: Not just for the ‘digital-haves’! To what extent can 5G help to tackle connectivity ‘not spots’?

Around Europe, regulators are looking to work with mobile operators and other connectivity provides to help eliminate rural ‘not spots’ and continue the path towards the ultimate goal of universal coverage. Both directly and indirectly, 5G can play a part in achieving this. Directly, through initiatives to fund the roll-out of additional base stations and provide 5G in currently under-served areas; and indirectly, through the inclusion of ‘coverage obligations’ (or other agreements) as part of 5G auctions to ensure that winning bidders increase the coverage of 2G, 3G or 4G connectivity in rural areas. This session will look at the different approaches that are being seen in countries across Europe, and at how 5G can ultimately help to close rather than widen the digital divide.

 

  • When can rural areas expect to start benefiting from 5G, and how can it be ensured that 5G does not widen the digital divide?
  • What will 5G connectivity in rural areas look like, and how may it differ from that in cities?
  • What approaches to tackling rural ‘not spots’ are being seen in different countries around Europe?
  • What role should policymakers be playing in helping to deliver a solution, and what tools are available to them to do this?
  • What work is being done to deliver connectivity along roads? By increasing the overall reach of infrastructure, could these then be used as ‘branches’ to make it easier to then extend connectivity to nearby rural areas?
  • What are pros / cons of using coverage obligations as part of 5G auctions to increase rural connectivity, and what other approaches (for example infrastructure sharing) can also be part of the solution?
  • How can mobile operators work alongside other public or private actors to improve rural coverage?
  • What are the key spectrum bands that can be used and are necessary spectrum requirements in place?
Breakout 2: Spectrum pricing for 5G awards

Europe is about half way through the process of selling 700 MHz and 3.5 GHz spectrum, and many regulators are now planning awards of mmWave bands. This session will offer us the opportunity to take stock, and to look at the outcomes of awards to date, both in Europe and beyond. It will examine pricing structures and models that are being used and trends that may be emerging, before discussing the implications of these for future 5G awards.

 

• What approaches have been used in awards of 5G spectrum across Europe and elsewhere to date, and what results have been seen?
• Are regulators using the right award formats, including types of auction?
• To what extent are auctions the best approach, or can other approaches (eg allocation in exchange for coverage obligations) offer a good alternative in some situations?
• Are there any patterns or trends that are emerging and what implications may these have for future 5G awards?
• Are spectrum costs sustainable given the huge increase in supply of frequencies for mobile?
• As we move from completing the current set of 700 MHz and 3.5 GHz spectrum awards to then starting the allocation of mmWave spectrum, are any changes to pricing models required and if so what?

09:00 - 10:30
Session 7- The future of Spectrum Sharing – making the most of the available spectrum in the digital age

Recent advances in technology and in the regulatory environment mean that today, increasingly complex and sophisticated models for spectrum sharing are being put forward, for example Licensed Shared Access (LSA), the three tiered Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS) model and a revolutionary localised sharing model recently introduced in the UK. This session will explore these innovative approaches and other options and look at the potential that they offer. It will also look more broadly at the traditional spectrum regulatory regime and discuss whether it is sufficiently flexible to meet the requirements of an innovative and fast-moving sector or whether a rethink on this is required.

 

• To what extent do traditional models of spectrum management offer the flexibility that is required to maximise the potential of spectrum sharing?
• What examples of flexible, shared spectrum models are already being seen and in which bands?
• Does spectrum licencing on a national basis remains the most efficient way to meet demand for new wireless applications, or are there other cross-border approaches involving spectrum sharing that could also be considered?
• What role can cross-border trials play in helping to advance the development of spectrum sharing systems?
• Is there an argument that there may be a need more broadly for a reconsideration of current spectrum management guidelines to maximise the potential of spectrum sharing and help to fully meet the connectivity requirements of a 5G future?

Thinking Point: Unleashing the ‘Killer Apps’ for 5G
10:30 - 10:45
Morning Coffee Break
10:45 - 11:50
Session 8i: Meeting the needs of all users in the 6GHz band

The 6Ghz band has started to emerge as one of the most sort-after frequency ranges for a number of key stakeholders. It is currently used around the world by satellite and microwave systems, but both unlicensed and licensed services deem access to spectrum in the band as critical. This discussion came to a fore at WRC-19, where a decision was made to leave the lower portion of the band (5925-6425 MHz) for licence exempt
use, whilst the upper portion of the band (6425-7125 MHz) is to be studied ahead of a possible IMT identification at WRC-23. This session will look at the likely long-term future of the band, and how the needs of all the key users can be balanced.

 

• Where does the balance lie between licenced and licence exempt use of the 6Ghz spectrum?
• What approaches in both the upper and lower portions of the band are being seen around the world?
• What work is being done by CEPT and Commission to develop a harmonised EU approach in the band?
• To what extent is sharing between IMT and Wi-Fi users in the band a viable option in both indoor and outdoor conditions?
• Which of these technologies is best suited to delivering interference free co-existence in the band alongside current incumbent services?

11:55 - 12:55
Session 8ii: Co-existence of satellite and 5G services in the C-band

Ever since the early 2000s, there has been debate on the fixed-satellite service (FSS) sharing with IMT services in the C-band. With more than 20 countries globally now having licensed parts of the band for mobile broadband (and a large proportion of these being in Europe), plus consideration of a primary mobile allocation at 3600—3800 MHz for Region 1 on the agenda for WRC-23, the debate continues. This session will look at current and future usage of C-band, and at the best way forward to meet the requirements of both satellite and mobile in a frequency range that is critical for both sectors.

 

• What is the current situation regarding 5G deployment and coverage in the C-band both in Europe and around the world?
• With C-band issues featuring prominently on the agenda for WRC-23, how are discussions around the band likely to progress in region 1 in the period up to 2023 and beyond?
• To what extent is interference-free co-existence between mobile and satellite in the C-band possible?
• What approaches are being considered across Europe and the rest of the world to deliver this?
• How can the needs of satellite and other incumbent users in the band and adjacent band services be protected?
• What guard band is necessary to ensure protection against interference? What other technological and regulatory solutions can also help be part of the solution?
• How can countries work together to ensure that appropriate cross-border agreements are in place to protect border regions, both within Europe, and also at borders with other regions (for example with Russia)?

12:55 - 13:45
Lunch
13:45 - 14:35
Thinking Point: Coverage from the sky – innovations in delivering connectivity to ‘hard to reach’ areas

The satellite sector has always been key in delivering connectivity to rural and outlying areas, complementing mobile and other technologies to increase overall coverage areas. Recent and forthcoming innovations within the sector mean that this is more true today than it ever has been before. From the most remote, rural locations to ships and aircraft, this session will look at examples of how technologies such as LEO satellites and high altitude platforms offer to provide coverage in areas that it has not been possible before, and the challenges and opportunities ahead.

14:35 - 15:20
Thinking Point: Greening with Spectrum Management – how can spectrum policy help contribute to the EU pillar of sustainability?

A key objective for the new European Commission is to look at how it can integrate sustainability considerations into all aspects of its policy frameworks. 5G and the development of smart technologies can play a big part in meeting these sustainability goals, especially in the areas of energy and transport, and increasingly spectrum managers are looking at approaches to provide access to the required spectrum in order to support the development of greener, more sustainable systems. The 400MHz band is one frequency that is being considered to assist with this, with a number of different approaches being seen across Europe. This session will look at some of these, and more generally at how spectrum managers can integrate sustainability into key decisions that they are making in order to contribute to a greener society for all.

 

• How can spectrum managers best look to support the development of smart grids and greener transport systems, and use spectrum to help contribute to a switch to a low carbon energy future?
• What potential does spectrum in the 400MHz band offer to provide the required connectivity, and what is the best approach to allocate this?
• What work is being done within the European Commission and RSPG to support initiatives designed to ‘green’ through innovative spectrum management approaches?

15:20 - 15:35
Afternoon Coffee Break
15:35 - 16:45
Session 9: Mapping the long-term future of the UHF band in Europe and elsewhere

In Europe, the long-term future of the UHF band is relatively stable, with 700, 800 & 900 MHz bands available for IMT, and an agreement in place providing terrestrial broadcasters with access to UHF spectrum below 700 MHz until at least 2030. In other regions around the world however (and even in within region 1), this is not always the case. At WRC-19, there was a proposal from Arab states for a change in the WRC-23 UHF agenda item to propose a harmonised band at 470—694 MHz with a co-primary allocation to IMT. Both Europe and Africa opposed this position and the proposal was rejected, but it is expected to again be one of the key topics for conversation both in the build-up to WRC-23 and at the conference itself. This session will look at the approach to the UHF band in Europe and how it differs to that in other regions. It will examine the future shape of the UHF band in Europe, and more broadly in region 1 and globally, and explore what this means for the future development of the terrestrial broadcasting sector and other incumbent users.

 

• What is the current thinking regarding the short-term and long-term future use of UHF spectrum in Europe, across region 1 and beyond?
• How much spectrum UHF spectrum is actually required by mobile operators to meet the coverage requirements of 4G and 5G? How can this be balanced with also meeting the requirements of broadcasters and other incumbent users?
• Given that the sub-700 MHz is available for broadcasting in Europe until at least 2030, are there any actions that can be taken by member states (for example those in which the band is not heavily used by broadcasters) ahead of that date that will allow access to mobile services without disrupting the use of the band for terrestrial broadcasters?
• With a revision of the 470-960 MHz UHF band in Region 1 potentially on the agenda for WRC-23, what work needs to be done in study groups in order to prepare for this?
• To what extent should approaches in other regions (for example the Americas, where US and other countries have allocated 600MHz for IMT) have any impact thinking in region 1?
• To what extent are there possibilities for sharing between IMT and incumbent users of the UHF band, and what challenges are there to this? Would making the frequencies available on a paired (FDD) or an unpaired (TDD) basis make any changes to this?

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Event Background

Launched in 2005, and now in its 15th consecutive year, the European Spectrum Management Conference is established as the leading platform for spectrum policy discussion in the region.

From an initial starting point of just 100 attendees at the inaugural event, the conference has grown year-on-year, and in 2020 expects to welcome a truly global audience of 300 attendees from Europe and beyond. Key to this growth is its positioning as a neutral platform, which ensures all key stakeholders get their voices heard.

Forum Europe work with national Governments and regulators and industry stakeholders from mobile, satellite, broadcast, public safety, high altitude platforms and more to ensure that their voices are included.

Previous Event

Taking place in Brussels in June of 2019, The 14th Annual European Spectrum Management Conference welcomed over 250 delegates from across Europe, The Americas and the Asia-Pacific Region for high-level discussions on the rollout of 5G in Europe, Spectrum Auctions and WRC-19 Preparations.

You can view more details of the 2019 edition of this event here.

 
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Group Discounts

Group discounts are available when registering multiple delegates on the same booking, as shown below. 

Number of delegatesGroup Discount
3 - 5 10%
6 - 8 20%
9+25%

Venue

Hotel NH Brussels Bloom

Rue Royale 250, 1210 Bruxelles, Belgium

Hotel NH Brussels Bloom
Rue Royale 250, 1210 Bruxelles, Belgium

Get directions from Google Maps here.

Contact

For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact event manager Jordan Francombe using any of the details below.

Jordan Francombe
Event Manager
Forum Europe

spectrum-management@forum-europe.com

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 020

Accomodation

Forum Europe have secured preferential rates for delegates at the conference venue, Hotel NH Brussels Bloom for 22 – 24 June. Details can be found here. 

Rates are available until 12 May. If you have any queries please contact us using the details above or the hotel directly at groups.nhbrusselsbloom@nh-hotels.com