17th European Spectrum Management Conference

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17th European Spectrum Management Conference

Event Overview

The 17th European Spectrum Management Conference took place in a Hybrid Format from 8 – 9 June 2022, in Brussels and Online. 

The event gathered key stakeholders to discuss topical issues relating to the management and coordination of spectrum policy across the region. During the 2 days attendees had 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 SeriesThe world’s largest collection of regional spectrum policy conferences.

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The new EU RSPP

WRC-23
Preparation

Key theme 2

The evolution of 5G and
beyond

Key theme 1

470-694 MHz band

Mid-band Spectrum - C-band and 6GHz

Key theme 6

Spectrum sharing and
hybrid networks

Future connectivity for 6G

Organisers & Partners

Platinum Partners

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BNE
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Huawei
LYA
Intelsat
Meta
Nokia
OneWeb
Qualcomm
SES
WinnForum
WiFi Alliance
Nokia
OneWeb
Qualcomm

Gold Partners

EWIA
Senza Fili
UWB alliance
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Exhibitors/Networking Partners

LS telcom
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Knowledge Partners

aetha
Nera
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Speakers Included

Rita

Rita Wezenbeek

Director, Connectivity, DG CONNECT,
European Commission

Gilles-Bregant

Gilles Brégant

Director General, ANFR

Alex Kuehn

Alex Kuehn

Head of Spectrum, BNetzA

Mario-M-

Mario Maniewicz

Director, BR, ITU

Alexandre Kholod

Alexandre Kholod

Chairman,
CEPT Conference Preparatory Group

Luigi Ardito

Luigi Ardito

Senior Director, Government Affairs, EMEA,
Qualcomm

Jennifer McCarthy

Jennifer McCarthy

VP, Legal Advocacy, Federated Wireless

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Petra Vorwig

Global Spectrum & Regulatory Policy, GSOA

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Eliane Semaan

Director, Spectrum and Technology Regulation,
Ericsson

Guillaume Lebrun

Guillaume Lebrun

Global Connectivity Policy Manager, META

Stefan Zehle

Stefan Zehle

Chairman & CEO,
Coleago Consulting

Maarit P

Maarit Palovirta

Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, ETNO

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Jean-Pierre Faisan

Chair, Communications Working Group,
BNE

Reza Karimi

Reza Karimi

Vice President, Corporate Strategy,
Huawei

Paul Deedman

Paul Deedman

Global Spectrum & Regulatory Policy,
GSOA

Agenda

All times in the agenda are in local Brussels time

Day 1
2022-06-08
Day 2
2022-06-09
09:00 - 09:20
Keynote Presentation
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Moderator: Andy Hudson
CEO, Spectrivity
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Rita Wezenbeek
Director, Connectivity, DG CONNECT, European Commission
09:20 - 09:40
Keynote Presentation: An overview of the new RSPG work programme
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Moderator: Andy Hudson
CEO, Spectrivity
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Eric Fournier
Chairman, RSPG
09:40 - 10:45
Session 1: A new Radio Spectrum Policy Programme for 5G and beyond

The current Radio Spectrum Policy Programme has been instrumental in shaping spectrum policy and thinking in Europe since it was launched in 2012. Technological developments and societal challenges over the past decade mean that the world today is a very different place to how it was then, and whilst many of the general themes of the RSPP remain valid, work is now being done on the release of a newly updated spectrum roadmap that will help guide the evolution of next generation technologies and the path ahead. This session will look at what needs to be done to ensure a future-looking roadmap that builds on both the original RSPP and the spectrum policy elements of the European Electronic Communications Code, and ensures an efficient spectrum framework that supports broader European policy priorities and targets such as the European Gigabit Society, the European Green Deal and Europe’s Digital Decade.

 

  • What new challenges and opportunities have emerged in the decade since the release of the original RSPP, and how can spectrum be best used to tackle these?
  • What should be the overall aims and priorities of the new RSPP?
  • How can it be ensured that the new RSPP contributes to forward looking and futureproof spectrum frameworks that provide co-ordination, flexibility and choice, and delivers secure and resilient networks?
  • How should access of spectrum for vertical sectors be handled within the context of the new guidelines?
  • What role can spectrum sharing play in helping to meet ever increasing demand for spectrum as we move beyond 5G, and what role can the RSPP play in helping to encourage this and the more efficient use of spectrum more broadly?
  • Where should the balance lie between decision making at a European and a member state level when it comes to spectrum policy, and how should this be reflected in the new RSPP?
  • How can the new RSPP help ensure that spectrum policy contributes to, and is aligned with, the broader European political priorities such as the European Gigabit Society, the European Green Deal and Europe’s digital decade?
  • What will be the next steps following the release of the RSPP, and how can EU policymakers, member states and industry representatives come together to ensure a co-ordinated approach to implementation?
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Moderator: Andy Hudson
CEO, Spectrivity
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Julija Varnaite-Kamstra
Policy Officer, Radio Spectrum Policy Unit, DG Connect, European Commission
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Eric Fournier
Chairman, RSPG
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Petra Vorwig
Global Spectrum & Regulatory Policy, GSOA
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Luigi Ardito
Senior Director, Government Affairs EMEA, Qualcomm
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Maarit Palovirta
Senior Director, Regulator Affairs, ETNO
10:45 - 11:05
Break
Session 2: The path towards WRC-23 – progress, challenges and opportunities in Europe and across Region 1

Despite the challenging environment created by the global pandemic, preparations for WRC-23 are in full swing. Both within Europe and elsewhere in Region 1, positions are starting to emerge and good progress on preparatory studies is being seen. The first Inter-regional Workshop was held at the end of last year and provided the first formal opportunity for different regions to come together to discuss these emerging positions. This session will look at the progress that has been made in the six months since that, and more broadly provide an update to the preparatory work that is being done in key bands up for discussion in Region 1 (including the 470—960 MHz, 3.3 – 3.8GHz and 6GHz bands). With some of the preparatory meetings now finally able to return to an in-person format, this session will also look at the challenges that still lie ahead, and the work that needs to be done to ensure a successful outcome for European stakeholders at WRC-23.

 

  • What impact has the pandemic had on preparation for WRC-23, and what progress has been made on the key agenda items in Europe and other regions?
  • Are we on track with regards to the preparatory studies that have been taking place and the drafting of text for the CPM?
  • Are we seeing consensuses starting to emerge with regards to the development of a European Common Proposal (ECP) across any of the key agenda items?
  • What key takeaways emerged from the inter-regional workshop at the end of last year?
  • Which issues are expected to be the most challenging in finding agreement both within Europe and across region 1 more broadly?
  • What are the key challenges ahead, and how can these be addressed as meetings hopefully start to move back to an in-person format?
11:05 - 11:15
Keynote Presentation
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Mario Maniewicz
Director, Radiocommunications Bureau, ITU
11:15 - 12:15
Panel Discussion – State your case (the view from key industry stakeholders)
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Moderator: Mario Maniewicz
Director, Radiocommunications Bureau, ITU
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Glyn Carter
Future Spectrum Director, GSMA
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Paul Deedman
Global Spectrum & Regulatory Policy, GSOA
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Jean-Pierre Faisan
Chair, Communications Working Group, BNE
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Alex Roytblat
Vice President, Worldwide Regulatory Affairs, WiFi Alliance
12:15 - 13:00
Fireside chat – Policy responses in Region 1
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Moderator: Mario Maniewicz
Director, Radiocommunications Bureau, ITU
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Alexandre Kholod
Chairman, CEPT Conference Preparatory Group
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Tariq Al Awadhi
Chairman, ASMG
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Kezias Mwale
Radiocommunications Coordinator, ATU
13:00 - 13:50
Lunch
Session 3: Unlocking the potential of next generation connectivity – time to embrace a new era of sharing and co-operation?

Governments all around the world are under pressure to respond not only to an enormous amount of interest in spectrum bands, but also to a wide variety of potential uses. As wireless technologies move towards the next generation of connectivity – 6G, WiFi7 & beyond, next-gen satellites and more, this pressure is only going to increase. In order to meet these needs, some suggest there is a need for a rethink in terms of how spectrum is allocated and used, not just from regulators but also from the various industry players. Traditionally, connectivity providers have competed against each other for access to spectrum in order to provide, in the main, their own standalone service offerings. But should the future be more collaborative? The next 2 sessions will be centred around the increased importance of spectrum sharing and the scope for connectivity providers to swap competition for collaboration. What role can innovative new approaches and flexible, collaborative and forward-looking models of accessing spectrum play in helping to maximise the efficiency of the available spectrum and meeting the future connectivity needs of Europe?

13:50 - 14:10
Thinking Point: Lessons and experiences from the US CBRS sharing model
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Dante Ibarra
World Radiocommunication Conference Director, FCC
14:10 - 14:30
Thinking Point: The benefits of independent model of wireless infrastructure sharing
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Torsten Kreitlow
Head of Legal, American Tower Germany, on behalf of EWIA
14:30 - 15:35
Session 3i: Towards a spectrum sharing roadmap – Building the ‘European’ approach to sharing

This session will focus on specific approaches to spectrum sharing that are being seen in Europe, and at how stakeholders can work together to develop a European approach to sharing. It will explore how emerging technologies can be leveraged to develop a spectrum sharing roadmap that both maximises the efficiency of key spectrum bands and is specifically built around the needs of European stakeholders.

 

  • What approach to spectrum sharing has been seen in Europe to date? Is there a need to be more adventurous in our approach and the mechanisms that are used, particularly related to the exploration of automated sharing techniques?
  • What needs to be done to develop an environment that encourages sharing, and how can perceived barriers to sharing such as access to spectrum, the lack of a viable ecosystem and the development of viable business cases be overcome?
  • How can Europe learn from spectrum sharing experiences so far (both here and in other regions), to develop a forward-looking ‘European’ approach to sharing spectrum? What bands and technologies can be used?
  • What should be the balance with regards to making spectrum available on a licenced and unlicenced basis; and of spectrum sharing vs exclusive licences?
  • How can European and national regulators work together to develop a future spectrum sharing roadmap that maximises the potential of sharing technologies and the efficiency of the available spectrum for all?
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Moderator: Robert Yates
Co-President, LYA
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Chris Woolford
Director of International Spectrum Policy, Ofcom
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Monica Paolini
Principal, Senza Fili
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Jennifer McCarthy
VP, Legal Advocacy, Federated Wireless
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Reza Karimi
Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Huawei
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Tim Harrington
Chairman of the Board, UWB Alliance
15:35 - 15:55
Break
15:55 - 16:40
Session 3ii: A futuristic vision for connectivity – seamless connectivity and hybrid networks

This session will explore the growing interest in the introduction of hybrid networks involving different technologies and connectivity providers. It will look at the extent to which collaborative models of this type could help to bridge connectivity gaps and enable seamless ‘always on’ connectivity for consumers and businesses, and at how innovative new approaches for licencing and accessing spectrum could be used to facilitate these.

 

  • Is it time for the mobile, satellite and Wi-Fi communities to realise the mutual benefits that can be had from convergence of services?
  • What challenges are restricting the development of integrated hybrid networks involving different technologies that offer consumers seamless connectivity e.g. to their handsets?
  • What work is being done to leverage emerging technologies to help facilitate the development of hybrid networks for both consumer and business users?
  • How are satellite operators starting to work alongside MNOs to support communications directly to mobile handsets and what spectrum bands are being used?
  • Could 6G finally see the emergence of a converged ‘network-of-networks’, bringing together terrestrial and non-terrestrial-based technologies?
  • What mix of licenced and unlicenced spectrum and what access models could be used to help facilitate hybrid networks of this kind? How can this help to increase the efficiency of the spectrum that is being used?
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Richard Womersley
Managing Director, LS telcom
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Michael Daum
Director of Technology Policy, Microsoft
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Stephen Pentland
Head of Market Structure & Networks Policy, Group Policy & Public Affairs, Vodafone
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Mindel De La Torre
Chief Regulatory and International Strategy Officer, Omnispace
16:40 - 17:45
Session 4: What role can legacy bands play in powering the evolution of 5G?

Having initially designated the 700 MHz, 3.5 GHz and 26 GHz bands as 5G “pioneer” bands, the Commission recently took a step towards the harmonisation of spectrum for the next wave of 5G evolution and expansion by updating the technical and regulatory conditions for the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands. This session will look at what this decision might mean for future 5G evolution in Europe, and for ensuring a co-ordinated approach to the identification of frequency bands for the next wage of 5G expansion. More broadly, it will look at the extent to which the refarming of legacy 2G and 3G bands in this way can be used to help meet future demand for additional bandwidth for 4G and 5G, and at how this process can be managed to maximise the efficiency and value of the available spectrum.

 

  • What is the situation regarding the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands across Europe, and to what extent are countries moving forward with the allocation of these for 5G?
  • Alongside these bands, what plans are emerging across Europe for the refarming of other legacy 2G and 3G bands, for 4G and 5G services?
  • How important is it that a coordinated approach is taken to the phase-out of older generation legacy networks, and to what extent do national differences and different stages of development of wireless technologies in Member States need to be considered?
  • What role can refarming in this way play in helping to meet future 4G and 5G requirements, and is there a need to increase technology neutrality in order to facilitate this?
  • How can regulators and industry stakeholders work together to manage the refarming process and ensure that aspects such as the changing of terminals can take place in a timely and efficient manner?
  • How can it be ensured that the needs of IoT and M2M companies who still extensively use 2G and 3G services, are taken care of moving forward?
  • With several core bands and licences up for reallocation across many member states in the next 5 – 10 years, how can regulators best manage this process to ensure that the spectrum is utilised as efficiently as possible moving forward?
  • Looking longer term, to what extent are we going to see the convergence of 4G and 5G networks, and how may this occur? Should regulators be looking to allow the deployment of 4G and 5G networks in the same band, and how can this be enabled?
  • What impact has advancements in technology since the days of 2G and 3G had on the way in which spectrum is both used and licenced? Is there an argument that we should be looking towards moving towards indefinite licencing models as we enter the 5G era?
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Moderator: Amit Nagpal
Partner, Aetha Consulting
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