Tuesday 22 June, 2010


12:00 – 18:00

Pre Conference Workshop - Spectrum auction design and bid strategy

All delegates attending the main conference will have the option of also attending this pre-event workshop. For more information on the programme and format, please click on the 'workshop' tab above.
Richard Marsden , Director, DotEcon

Wednesday 23 June, 2010


08:30 – 08:55

Coffee & Registration

Moderator for Morning Sessions: Andrea Renda , Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

08:55 – 09:00

Introduction from the Conference Rapporteur

Gerard Pogorel , Professor of Economics, Telecom ParisTech (ENST) & Supervisory Board Member (Independent ), Open Access-Telecom Italia

09:00 – 10:15

I. The Radio Spectrum Policy Programme

09:00 – 09:25

Keynote Presentation - The view from the Commission

Neelie Kroes , Vice President & Commissioner for Digital Agenda, European Commission

09:25 – 09:50

Keynote Presentation - The view from the RSPG

Roberto Viola , Chairman, Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG)

09:50 – 10:15

Keynote Presentation - The view from outside Europe

Julius Knapp , Chief of Office of Engineering Technology, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

10:15 – 10:35

Morning Coffee & Networking Break

10:35 – 11:00

Keynote Presentation - The view from Parliament

Lambert van Nistelrooij MEP , Member, European Parliament

11:00 – 12:50

Radio Spectrum Policy Programme - Speed Pitch Session

A chance for each of the stakeholders to deliver their thoughts on the European Commission’s Radio Spectrum Policy Programme. Each speaker will have 5 minutes to provide their thoughts, which will then be followed by an interactive debate (including the use of delegate voting pads) and question and answer session.

11:00 – 12:40

Speed Pitch Session

Serge Willenegger , Vice President, Technology, Qualcomm
Christoph Legutko , Wireless Standards and Regulations Manager, Global Public Policy, EMEA Communications Policy Team, Intel Corporation
Michael Bartholomew , Director, ETNO
Aarti Holla-Maini , Secretary General, European Satellite Operators Association
Lieven Vermaele , Technical Director, EBU
Hans Borgonjen , Vice Chairman, The TETRA Association
Caroline van Weede , Managing Director, Cable Europe

12:40 – 12:50

Wrap up of this morning's debate

An opportunity for the European Commission to give their thoughts on this morning’s debate
Pearse O'Donohue , Head of Radio Spectrum Policy Unit, European Commission


12:50 – 14:10


14:10 – 15:40

II. GSM Refarming & License Renewals

i. The global status of 900 MHz band refarming

14:10 – 14:25

Introduction by Session Moderator: An overview of the current worldwide refarming status

Janette Dobson , Senior Manager, Analysys Mason

14:25 – 14:40

CASE STUDY: The challenges of creating a sensible refarming policy in the UK

Kip Meek , Spectrum Broker, UK Government

14:40 – 14:55

CASE STUDY: The approach to refarming in Switzerland

Philipp Metzger , Vice-Director & Head of Telecom Services, Ofcom Switzerland

14:55 – 15:10

CASE STUDY: The New Zealand approach to refarming spectrum and lessons that couple be applied to Europe

Chris Perera , Senior Adviser & Manager 2.6 GHz Auctions, Ministry of Economic Development, New Zealand

15:10 – 15:40

General Discussion

15:40 – 16:00

Afternoon Coffee & Networking Break

15:55 – 17:30


Delegates have the choice of attending one of the two following sessions - details can be found below:

BREAKOUT SESSION 1: Rights of Use & Legal Implications of Refarming
BREAKOUT SESSION 2: What financial and economic issues does refarming raise, and how can these be resolved?

16:00 – 17:30

BREAKOUT SESSION 1: Rights of Use & Legal Implications of Refarming

Introduction by session moderator – Current situation: which legal aspects are common across EU countries, and which are different?
Gerry Oberst, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Panel Discussion – To what extent can legal approaches be borrowed across different member states?
What new legal aspects are being raised by refarming, and what approaches are being used to tackle these?
To what extent can a common legal approach be adopted across member states, and to what extent do national differences need to be considered?
Stefan Koreneef, Project Manager, "Vision on Mobile Communication", Ministry of Economic Affairs, The Netherlands
Jerome Rousseau, Director of the Operators and Scarce Resources Division, ARCEP
Rüdiger Hahn, Head of Department, Legal Aspects of Telecommunications Regulation, Frequency Regulation, BNetzA

16:00 – 17:30

BREAKOUT SESSION 2: What financial and economic issues does refarming raise, and how can these be resolved?

Introduction by session moderator – an overview of the issues raised and possible solutions
Martin Cave, Director, Centre for Management Under Regulation, Warwick Business School

Panel Discussion
How can the costs for existing users of the spectrum be quantified?
If operators are allowed to keep the spectrum, what is cost of re-configuring? Conversely, if they are not, what is the cost of re-routing customers?
Eric Fournier, Director, Spectrum Planning & International Affairs, ANFR
Andy Hudson, Head of Spectrum Policy, Vodafone
Julius Knapp, Chief of Office of Engineering Technology, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

17:30 – 19:00

Cocktail Reception

Kindly sponsored by Research in Motion

Keynote speaker
Pilar del Castillo MEP, Member, European Parliament

Plus an intervention from
William Davies, Vice President, Standards and Licensing Policy, Research in Motion

Thursday 24 June, 2010


08:30 – 09:00

Coffee & Registration

09:00 – 10:40

III. Spectrum Auctions – what is the role of auctions in the award of radio spectrum?

The focus of this session will be on the design and effectiveness of recent and forthcoming European auctions for the 800MHz, 2.6GHz and refarmed 2G bands.
Are auctions always the way forward, or is there still a role for beauty contests to play?
What regulatory objectives are associated with designing an auction?
Are bidders ready for newly emerging auction formats such as the combinatorial clock auction, and what impact may these have on future action strategy?
What is the potential role of auctions in determining allocations between technologies and services?
Moderated by: Dan Maldoom , Managing Director, DotEcon

09:00 – 09:15

An overview of recent 2.6GHz, 800Mhz & 900Mhz auctions & some early lessons

Richard Marsden , Director, DotEcon

09:15 – 10:05

i. Auction design for the 800MHz and 2.6GHz awards

Panel Discussion (10 minutes for each speaker, followed by general discussion)

09:15 – 09:25

CASE STUDY: Are auctions the way forward? An overview of the reasons that Sweden made the switch from beauty contests to auctions.

Jonas Wessel , Head of Section, Spectrum Licensing and Trading, The Swedish National Post and Telecommunications Agency (PTS)

09:25 – 09:35

What objectives should a regulator prioritise when planning an auction? An operator’s perspective

Erlend Fanebust , Director, Spectrum Acquisitions, Telenor

09:35 – 09:45

Combinatorial auctions - are bidders ready for change?

Karen Wrege , Founding Member, KB Enterprises LLP (former CIO for auctions and licensing systems, FCC)

10:05 – 10:40

ii. Using auctions to determine allocations to different technologies

10:05 – 10:15

To what extent can auctions be used to promote service and technology neutrality?

Graham Louth , Director of Spectrum Markets,, Ofcom

10:15 – 10:25

Is WiMAX being given a level playing field to compete against LTE?

Graham MacDonald , Regulatory Working Group, WiMAX Forum

10:40 – 11:00

Morning Coffee & Networking Break

11:00 – 13:10

IV. Digital Dividend – Progress made in the 6 months since the release of the Commission’s recommendation

Moderated by: Catherine Trautmann MEP , Member, European Parliament

11:00 – 12:30

i. Progress made within EU Member states

11:00 – 11:15

Overview of the progress made and current situation within Europe

Lee Sanders , Partner, Analysys Mason

11:15 – 11:30

An overview of the RSPG’s proposals to improve spectrum efficiency in digital dividend bands

Mike Byrne , Vice‐Chair of RSPG and Commissioner, ComReg

11:30 – 12:30

Panel Discussion – Is Europe making the most of the digital dividend opportunity?

Panellists to include:
Bernard Pauchon , Senior Vice President Global Media, TDF;, & Chairman, DigiTAG Task Force on Digital Dividend
Philippe Lefebvre , Principal Administrator, Radio Spectrum Policy Unit, European Commission
Mike Byrne , Vice‐Chair of RSPG and Commissioner, ComReg
Erzsébet Fitori , Regulatory Affairs Manager, ECTA

12:30 – 12:50

ii. Progress made at the boundaries of Europe & beyond

12:30 – 12:50

What progress has been made globally on digital dividend sub-bands being made available for mobile and the expected timing of availability?

Kristin Due Hauge , Spectrum Policy Director, GSMA


12:50 – 14:00


14:00 – 16:00

V. Market and technology developments and future spectrum management challenges and solutions

Moderated by: Philippe Defraigne , Director, Cullen International

14:00 – 14:20

Keynote Presentation – WRC12: what are the big issues to be discussed?

Fabio Leite , Deputy Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU

14:20 – 14:35

Cognitive & Software Defined Radios – has their time finally arrived?

Dan Reed , Corporate VP, Extreme Computing, Microsoft

14:35 – 14:50

Responding to market needs for mobile broadband – spectrum and technology

Lasse Wieweg , Director, Government and Industry Relations, Ericsson

14:50 – 15:05

A lifecycle approach to spectrum management

Kris Shields , Head of Spectrum Management, Computech

15:05 – 16:00

Panel Discussion

Panellists to include:
Robert Horvitz , Director, Open Spectrum Foundation
William Webb , Head of Research & Development, Ofcom
Dan Reed , Corporate VP, Extreme Computing, Microsoft
Fabio Leite , Deputy Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU
Lasse Wieweg , Director, Government and Industry Relations, Ericsson
Kris Shields , Head of Spectrum Management, Computech

16:00 – 16:15

Afternoon Coffee & Networking Break

16:15 – 17:00

Conference summary & interactive wrap up session

Gerry Oberst , Partner, Hogan Lovells
Richard Marsden , Director, DotEcon
Amit Nagpal , Partner, Analysys Mason