This year’s conference will take place as a virtual event

15th European Spectrum Management Conference

Event Overview

The European Spectrum Management Conference 2020 has gone virtual!
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Taking place across a series of individual sessions from 23 – 29 June, the conference will provide an online platform for stakeholders to come together and discuss topical issues relating to the management and coordination of spectrum policy across the region.

Held using an interactive virtual event system, sessions will go far beyond the standard webinar. Attendees will have the opportunity to get involved and engage through interactive sessions, one-to-one and group networking, technology demonstrations, a virtual exhibition area and much, 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, and FREE OF CHARGE for all attendees.

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

15th European Spectrum Management Conference

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 sharingspectrum 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 SeriesThe 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.
Conference Partner
Access Partnership
https://www.accesspartnership.com/
Conference Partner
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.
Conference Partner
BNE
Company bio to be added shortly...
Conference Partner
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
Conference Partner
Commscope
Company bio to be added shortly...
Conference Partner
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.
Conference Partner
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.
Conference Partner
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
Conference Partner
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
Conference Partner
Facebook
www.facebook.com
Founded in 2004, Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what's going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.
Conference Partner
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.
Conference 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.
Conference Partner
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.
Conference Partner
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
Conference Partner
LS telcom
www.lstelcom.com
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.
Series Partner
LYA
www.lya.com
LYA is an expert consultant to the telecommunications and broadcasting industry focused on strategic advice, research and spectrum matters including auctions.LYA’s focus is on providing value-added services in development and implementation of strategy and business plans, investment analysis, support of acquisitions and divestitures, due diligence reviews and financial modelling. We provide regulatory and policy analysis, including expert evidence, and auction consulting services. LYA’s clients include mobile carriers, investors and regulators.LYA has independently developed Auction Platforms supporting different formats (SMRA, CCA, and clock auctions). LYA’s Auction Platforms have been used extensively to conduct mock auctions and simulations leveraging robot bidder capabilities. The Platforms are secure and configurable for use by auctioneers. The LYA team brings experience and expertise across different auction formats, spectrum bands and applications around the world.LYA also offers its clients the ability to conduct private auctions of spectrum licenses or other assets and handles all key tasks supporting the sale. Please visit www.LYA.com for more details.
Conference Partner
Microsoft
www.microsoft.com
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Conference Partner
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
Conference Partner
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
Conference Partner
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
Conference Partner
Sennheiser
www.sennheiser.com
Audio specialist Sennheiser is one of the world's leading manufacturers of headphones, microphones and wireless transmission systems. Based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, Sennheiser operates its own production facilities in Germany, Ireland and the USA and is active in more than 50 countries. With 19 sales subsidiaries and long-established trading partners, the company supplies innovative products and cutting-edge audio solutions that are optimally tailored to its customers' needs.
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

Thierry B]

Thierry Breton

Commissioner for Internal Market & Services,
European Commission

Mario Maniewicz

Mario Maniewicz

Director, BR,
ITU

Andreas Geiss

Andreas Geiss

Head of Spectrum Policy Unit,
European Commission

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Mauro Martino

Head of Office for Spectrum Management
AGCOM

Tariq-Al-Awadhi

Tariq Al Awadhi

Chairman,
Arab Spectrum Management Group,
(ASMG)

Jennifer McCarthy

Jennifer McCarthy

VP,
Legal Advocacy,
Federated Wireless

Jan-Hendrik Jochum

Jan-Hendrik Jochum

Senior Expert Public & Regulatory Affairs,
Deutsche Telekom

Luigi Ardito

Luigi Ardito

Senior Director of Government Affairs,
Qualcomm

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Jayne Stancavage

Global Executive Director of Communications Policy,
Intel

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Philip Marnick

Group Director, Spectrum,
Ofcom

Alex kholod

Alexandre Kholod

Chairman, CPG-23,
CEPT

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Gösta Lemne

Director of Business Development,
Ericsson

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Andreana Atanasova

Vice-Chair, RSPG & Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Bulgaria

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Philip Riederer Von Paar

CEO, America Tower Germany - representing EWIA

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Bruno Cendon Martin

Director of Wireless - AR\VR HW,
Facebook

Agenda

All times listed in the agenda below are CEST.

Day 1
2020-06-23
Day 2
2020-06-24
Day 3
2020-06-25
Day 4
2020-06-26
Day 5
2020-06-29
12:45
Platform Opens

Join the event early to network, visit the exhibition area and participate in private one-to-one and group meetings.

13:30 - 15:30
SESSION 1: Spectrum Strategies and Visions in Europe

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). Focussing on these key policy packages and more, this session will bring together key policymakers from a member state and EU level to 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?
• What work has been done by the Commission to streamline the process for the roll-out of small cells and to what extent will this help to speed up the densification of networks and ultimately 5G rollout around Europe?
• Is it time for a new RSPP, and if so then what should the key objectives and priorities be?

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Thierry Breton
Commissioner for Internal Market & Services, European Commission
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Stefan Zehle
CEO, Coleago Consulting
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Moderator: Richard Womersley
Director of Spectrum Consulting, LS telcom
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Andreas Geiss
Head of Unit for Spectrum Policy, European Commission
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Andreana Atanasova
Vice-Chair, RSPG & Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Bulgaria
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Gilles Bregant
Director General, ANFR
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Jonas Wessel
Head of Spectrum Dept, PTS & Chair of Sub-Group on RSPP, RSPG
14:00 - 14:30
‘Make your introductions’ discovery and networking session

‘Check in’ at all exhibition stands + make 5 new connections in the networking area for your chance to win an iPad!

15:30 - 16:15
‘HAVE YOUR SAY…’

Open and interactive discussion – audience members will have the chance to take the floor and give their thoughts on the discussions that have taken place in the previous panel.

16:15 - 17:00
SHOWCASE SESSIONS

Live demonstrations, discussions and presentations hosted by our partner organisations…

Showcase 1: Expanding 5G to Reach its Full Potential – hosted by Qualcomm

Showcase 2: Spectrum – the Answer to Europe’s Connectivity Questions? – hosted by ESOA

Showcase 3: Valuing and Assigning mmWave Spectrum – hosted by Coleago

Find out more information on today’s showcase session here.

12:45
Platform Opens

Join the event early to network, visit the exhibition area and participate in private one-to-one and group meetings.

13:30 - 13:50
THINKING POINT: AR/VR – unleashing the next ‘Killer App’
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Bruno Cendon Martin
Director of Wireless - AR\VR HW, Facebook
13:50 - 15:05
SESSION 2: The future of Spectrum Management: The role of sharing, technology and other innovative tools to increase spectrum efficiency

Recent advances in technology and in the regulatory environment mean that today, increasingly complex and sophisticated models for spectrum management 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 and other innovative approaches and look at the potential that they offer, as well as more broadly exploring the importance of technology to support and enable spectrum management in the digital age. It will also look 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?
  • Alongside spectrum sharing, what other innovative options are available to increase spectrum efficiency?
  • What is the right role for technology in future spectrum management?
  • 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 emerging technologies, and help to fully meet the connectivity requirements of a 5G future?
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Moderator: Chris Adams
Head of Practice, Infrastructure, Access Partnership
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Jennifer McCarthy
VP, Legal Advocacy, Federated Wireless
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Gösta Lemne
Director of Business Development, Ericsson
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Mohaned Juwad
Global Spectrum & Policy Regulator, ESOA
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Don Stockdale
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Chief, FCC
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Mauro Martino
Head of Office for Spectrum Management AGCOM
15:05 - 15:30
Virtual Networking Break
15:30 - 16:40
SESSION 3: 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 users are now staking their claim for access to spectrum in the band. Different approaches and positions are emerging in different regions around the world –in the US for example, FCC has taken a decision to allow access to unlicensed users across the entire 1200MHz of the band; whilst in Africa, there is broad support for consideration of at least part of the band for IMT. With the upper portion (6425-7125 MHz) due to be studied ahead of a possible IMT identification in region 1 at WRC-23, this session will look at current thinking and the likely future of the band across Europe, and at 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 and what approaches in both the upper and lower portions of the band are being seen around the world?
  • What is the current thinking and positions in countries across Europe?
  • What work is being done by CEPT and the Commission to develop a harmonised EU approach in the band, and to prepare for the discussions at WRC-23?
  • To what extent is sharing between IMT and Wi-Fi users in the band a viable option in both indoor and outdoor conditions?
  • How can the protection of incumbent satellite and fixed links) services be protected, and could a database approach provide a solution to this?
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Moderator: Johanne Lemay
Co-President ,LYA
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Chris Woolford
Director of International Spectrum Policy, Ofcom
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Mark Gibson
Senior Director, Business Development, Comsearch – a CommScope company
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Reza Karimi
Director, Corporate Strategy, Huawei Technologies
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Stefan Zehle
CEO, Coleago Consulting
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Scott Blue
Principle Program Manager, Radio Spectrum Policy, Microsoft
16:40 - 17:25
‘HAVE YOUR SAY…’

Open and interactive discussion – audience members will have the chance to take the floor and give their thoughts on the discussions that have taken place in today’s panels.

10:30
Platform Opens (morning session)

Join the event early to network, visit the exhibition area and participate in private one-to-one and group meetings.

11:00 - 11:15
Keynote Presentation: The post WRC landscape – implementation and next steps
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Mario Maniewicz
Director, BR, ITU
11:15 - 13:15
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. In addition, there will likely be a number of key agenda items relating to other sectors and technologies such as satellite, aeronautical and HIBS. 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?
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Moderator: Mario Maniewicz
Director, BR, ITU
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Moderator: Andreas Geiss
Head of Unit for Spectrum Policy, European Commission
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Alexandre Kholod
Chairman, CPG23, CEPT
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Tariq Al Awadhi
Chairman, ASMG
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Dante Ibarra
WRC Director, FCC
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Jayne Stancavage
Executive Director, Communications Policy, Intel
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Patrick van Niftrik
Global Spectrum & Regulatory Policy, GSC
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Jean-Pierre Faisan
Head of Communications Working Group, Broadcast Networks Europe
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Mats Öhman
Spectrum Manager, TeliaSonera
14:00 - 14:30
Platform Opens (afternoon session)

Join the event early to network, visit the exhibition area and participate in private one-to-one and group meetings.

14:30 - 15:15
SHOWCASE SESSIONS

Live demonstrations, discussions and presentations hosted by our partner organisations…

Showcase 1:The Future of 2G & 3G Networks in Europe – panel discussion with GSMA, Telenor Norway and the European Commission hosted by Huawei

Showcase 2: Multi-Orbit, Multi-Frequency Satellite Solutions for a Modern Digital World – hosted by SES

Showcase 3:Bringing Spectrum Sharing to the 6GHz Band – hosted by Federated Wireless

Find out more information on today’s showcase session here.

15:15 - 16:45
SESSION 5: 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?
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Moderator: Graham Louth
Partner, Aetha Consulting
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Patrick Welsh
Director, Federal Government Affairs, Verizon
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Branimir Stantchev
Head of Sector, "Spectrum for Wireless Broadband", European Commission
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Luigi Ardito
Senior Director of Government Affairs, Qualcomm
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Ethan Lavan
Director of Orbital Resources, Eutelsat
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Philip Marnick
Group Director, Spectrum, Ofcom
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Eric Fournier
Director for Spectrum Planning and International Affairs, ANFR
16:45 - 17:30
‘HAVE YOUR SAY…’

Open and interactive discussion –audience members will have the chance to take the floor and give their thoughts on the discussions that have taken place in today’s panels.

10:30
Platform Opens

Join the event early to network, visit the exhibition area and participate in private one-to-one and group meetings

11:35 - 12:50
SESSION 6: Spectrum for Verticals – Meeting the connectivity requirements of industries and business users everywhere

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 approaches are being taken in countries outside the EU, and are there any lessons that can be taken from any of these?
  • 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?
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Moderator: Tony Lavender
Partner and CEO, Plum
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Jan-Hendrik Jochum
Senior Expert Public & Regulatory Affairs, Deutsche Telekom
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Heidi Himmanen
Chief Specialist, Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom
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Alexander Kühn
Chairman, CEPT CPG19
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Daniel Mah
VP Legal & Regulatory Affairs for Asia & EMEA, SES
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Representative, Bosch
12:50 - 13:45
Virtual lunch break and networking session
13:45 - 14:30
SHOWCASE SESSIONS

Live demonstrations, discussions and presentations hosted by our partner organisations…

Showcase 1: 5G Private Networks: Real Life Experiences. In conversation with Henk Verkerk (Netherlands Radio Communications Agency) and Shubh Agarwal (Metaswitch)

Showcase 2: How to Kickstart your Auction Preparation: A Demo of LYA Auction Tools – hosted by LYA

Showcase 3: Broadband Policy for the 21st Century: A conversation with US FCC Commissioners O’Rielly & Rosenworcel – hosted by Intel

Find out more information on today’s showcase session here.

14:30 - 15:45
SESSION 7: 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?
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Moderator: Janette Stewart
Principal, Analysys Mason
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Philip Riederer Von Paar
CEO, American Tower Germany - representing EWIA
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Emilia Ulelay
Director, Radio Communications Projects, National Media and Infocommunications Authority, Hungary
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Ann Vandenbroucke
Global Spectrum & Regulatory Policy, ESOA
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Carlos Soto
Senior Manager, Group Market Structure and Network Policy Group, Vodafone
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Richard Marsden
Managing Director, NERA Economic Consulting
15:45 - 16:30
‘HAVE YOUR SAY…’

Open and interactive discussion –audience members will have the chance to take the floor and give their thoughts on the discussions that have taken place in today’s panels.

13:00
Platform Opens

Join the event early to network, visit the exhibition area and participate in private one-to-one and group meetings.

13:45 - 14:30
SHOWCASE SESSIONS

Live demonstrations, discussions and presentations hosted by our partner organisations…

Showcase 1: Ericsson Unboxed: Demonstrations of 5G Technologies – hosted by Ericsson

Showcase 2: Discovering the potential of unlicensed spectrum – hosted by Microsoft

Showcase 3: Considering both economic and social values of spectrum – hosted by Plum Consulting

Find out more information on today’s showcase session here.

SESSION 8: 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. Elsewhere around the world around the world however 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 examine the future shape of the UHF band in Europe, 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 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 review of the usage and needs within 470-960 MHz UHF band in Region 1 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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Moderator: Mark Colville
Principal, Analysys Mason
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Mohammed Alabdulqader
General Manager, Radio Spectrum Monitoring, CITC Saudi Arabia
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Jeremy Godfrey
Commissioner, ComReg, & Vice Chairman, BEREC (tbc)
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Andreas Wilzeck
Head of Spectrum & Innovation, Sennheiser
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Jaume Pujol
Chair, Policy Working Group, BNE
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Ulrich Rehfuess
Head of Spectrum Policy, Nokia - Representing GSA
15:40 - 16:10
‘HAVE YOUR SAY…’

Open and interactive discussion –audience members will have the chance to take the floor and give their thoughts on the discussions that have taken place in today’s panels.

16:10 - 17:15
IT’S A WRAP…!

Closing reception – live entertainment and a final networking opportunity, plus the opportunity to hear from key stakeholders on their conclusions and takeaways from the event.

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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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Event Background

For 15 years, The European Spectrum Management Conference has provided the leading neutral platform for spectrum stakeholders policy discussion in the region.

In light of the uncertainty around Covid-19, the event will not be held in person in 2020, and for the first time is going to be entirely virtual.

The series of virtual sessions will take place with the same commitment to balanced debate, analysis, and interactive solution-oriented discussions;   with the online format opening these discussions to a wider audience than ever before.

We are looking forward to working alongside with policymakers, regulators and industry stakeholders from mobile, satellite, broadcast, public safety, HAPS, WiFi and more to ensure that their voices are included.

This event is taking place as part of The Global Spectrum Series.

The Global Spectrum Series

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.

View more details of the 2019 edition of this event here.

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New Virtual Format

“Virtual events do not have to be passive experiences, limited to only watching presentations and panel discussions. They can be engaging and interactive, enabling face-to-face conversations and the possibility to connect with policymakers and stakeholders.”
 
As we transition The European Spectrum Management Conference to a new virtual format, our aim is to provide a platform that replicates the benefits normally enjoyed by attendees at the event when it is held in person and face-to-face.

The format of the event has been designed to not only enable participants to listen to the discussions and debates, but to also have the opportunity to network and engage with speakers, partners and other attendees.

Session will follow an interactive format, and include the following elements:

An interactive panel discussion with expert speakers, and the opportunity to ask questions and make comments using a live chat function

A ‘have your say…’ audience engagement session, where all participants will have the opportunity to request to bring their audio and video feed ‘live’ and actively participate in the debate

A virtual networking lounge, with options to take part in one-to-one networking meetings, join private networking rooms and visit the virtual exhibition area

A ‘Showcase’ stage, where speakers and partners will be providing technology demos, hosting interactive Q&A sessions, and taking part in smaller ‘breakout’ sessions on key topics

Get Involved - Partnership Opportunities

This event is taking place as part of the Global Spectrum Series. For further information on speaking, sponsorship or visibility opportunities, and to discuss how you can maximize the value of involvement, please contact Dan Craft on dan.craft@forum-global.com or on +44 (0) 7748 960955.

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Group Discounts

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

Costs

The entire event will be free to attend for all policymakers, government representatives and national regulators. The majority of sessions are also free to attend for all participants, with the exception of the following three VIP Sessions:

Session 1: Spectrum Strategies and Visions in Europe (Day 1 – Tuesday 23 June)

Session 4: Looking Forward – key agenda items and prominent issues for WRC-23 (Day 3 – Thursday 25 June)

Session 5: The emerging mmWave ecosystem – A focus on the post-WRC landscape (Day 3 – Thursday 25 June)

The combined cost for the above 3 sessions will be €150 + VAT

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

Event platform

This conference will take places using Forum Europe’s virtual event platform – Forum Vision

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