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A programme for this year's event can be found below. Please note: * indicates via video presentation.


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Monday 26 August, 2013


08:30 – 09:00

Welcome Coffee and Registration

09:00 – 09:50

Keynote Presentations

Moderator: Amit Nagpal, Partner, Aetha Consulting

09:00 – 09:15

Video Keynote Presentation - Policy Perspective

Eun-Ju Kim, Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, ITU*

09:15 – 09:45

Keynote Presentations – Industry Perspective

Yu Quan, Chief Strategy Officer, Wireless Networks Product Line, Huawei
Sungho Choi, Vice President, Head of Standards & Technology Enabling Team, Samsung Electronics

09:45 – 09:50

Q&A with keynote speakers

09:50 – 11:25

Session 1: Delivering spectrum to meet the broadband needs of tomorrow and tackle the digital divide

Two concrete targets set by APEC are to achieve universal broadband access by 2015 and to provide access to the next generation of high-speed broadband networks and services by 2020. Against this backdrop, a number of countries are now developing plans for national broadband networks, utilising a number of different technologies to deliver universal access.

- What progress is being seen with this across the region, and what different models are being used?
- What role for mobile broadband and other wireless technologies in meeting these targets and delivering broadband to outlying rural communities?
- What additional spectrum is going to be needed, and what options exist for finding it?
- How can it be ensured that the efficiency of the available spectrum is maximised?
- What financing solutions are available to build infrastructure and provide the required equipment?
- As the search for additional spectrum intensifies, how can it be ensured that adequate spectrum for emergency communications and PPDR is also secured, and given the increasingly international nature of disaster relief efforts, is there a need for further harmonisation of bands used in this area?

Moderator: Jesada Sivaraks, Secretary to Vice Chairman, NBTC Thailand

09:50 – 10:05

Meeting the APEC targets: What is the current situation across the Asia Pacific Region, and what regulatory and technological tools can be used to ensure that the targets are met?

Andrey Mukhanov, Adviser to the Minister of Communications and Mass Media, Russian Federation; and Vice-Chair, APEC TEL

10:05 – 10:20

Presentation – An overview of the current situation globally

David Botha, Counsellor, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU

10:20 – 10:35

Case Study – Australia

Chris Worley, Senior Engineer, Australian Communications and Media Authority

10:35 – 10:50

International spectrum developments and how Asia-Pacific can address the broadband divide

Rob Borthwick, Vice President, Group Regulatory Affairs, Axiata Group Berhad, Kuala Lumpur

10:50 – 11:05

What options exist to ensure adequate, secure and efficiently used spectrum for PPDR and emergency communications?

Bharat Bhatia, Asia-Pacific Regional Director for Government Affairs, Motorola Solutions

11:05 – 11:25

Q&A and Discussion

11:25 – 11:40

Morning Coffee

11:45 – 13:35

Session 2: Finding the spectrum for the next generation of mobile broadband

To deliver significantly faster mobile broadband services for 3G, 4G, and beyond, whilst also providing the capacity needed to cope with increasing demand, a combination of both low and high frequency spectrum is required, but this is not easy to deliver. Solving this paradigm is one of the key objectives of WRC-15 (through agenda item 1.1, plus additional items covering, for example, 2.3 Ghz, 2.6 Ghz 3.5 Ghz bands).

- What options exist for finding the additional spectrum in the higher frequency bands?
- To what extent is there potential for harmonization of the 2.6 GHz for mobile broadband services across the Asia Pacific region, and could 2.6 GHz even become the first globally harmonised band?
- What technological and policy options exist for increasing the efficiency of 2.3 GHz spectrum for LTE services?
- Could the 3.5 Ghz band also provide an option for mobile broadband, especially when considering dense urban deployments, and what impact would this have on fixed wireless and satellite services operating in the band?
- What tools are available to both policymakers and operators to help increase the efficiency of spectrum and lower costs associated with LTE rollout?
- How much existing 2G spectrum in the 1800 MHz band can be refarmed to be used for 3G & 4G services?
- What spectrum in other bands (for example the IMT-extension band, 900 Mhz band) currently used for 2G services could also be considered for refarming and how can the refarming of 2G spectrum for LTE services best be handled in Asia-Pacific countries to ensure the maximum benefits for all?

Moderator: Amit Nagpal, Partner, Aetha Consulting

11:45 – 12:00

Key considerations ahead of WRC-15 for agenda item 1.1

John Lewis, Chairman, Working Group Spectrum Aspects, APT Wireless Group

12:00 – 12:15

Spectrum and Technology for Future Mobile Broadband

Håkan Ohlsén, Director, Spectrum and Radio Technology Strategy, Ericsson

12:15 – 12:30

High Frequency Usage - Finding the bandwidth to deliver capacity beyond 4G

Jeongho Park, Director, Communications Research Team, Samsung Electronics

12:30 – 12:45

Use of the 1.9, 2.3 and 2.6 GHz spectrum for LTE services and possible solutions to address the large IMT spectrum requirement

Zhang Dongchen, Project Manager, China Mobile

12:45 – 13:00

Development of the 3.5 GHz band in the Asia Pacific Region

Göran Berntson, Secretary General, The 3.5GHz Interest Group Director; and TDD Industry Development, Huawei

13:00 – 13:15

How much existing 2G spectrum in the 1800 MHz band and in other bandwidths can be refarmed to be used for 3G & 4G services?

Leslie Wong, General Manager for Technology Strategy, CSL

13:15 – 13:35

Q&A and Discussion


13:35 – 14:35


14:35 – 16:10

Session 3: Managing the Digital Switchover in the Asia Pacific Region

In the Asia–Pacific region, the switchover from analogue to DTT is planned for 2020 at the latest. In many countries however, policy makers are seeking to make spectrum available for mobile broadband sooner.
• What is the current status with regards to digital switchover across the region?
• What legal, technical, financial aspects need to be considered to ensure that the transition to digital is a smooth one for all parties involved?
• What experiences have been seen in countries and regions that have already been through analogue switch off, and what lessons can be learnt?
• Where does the balance lie between aiming for a co-ordinated approach, and also taking into account national differences and factors such as market circumstances, geography, and population distribution?
• Moving this a step further, what are the next steps that now need to be taken to ensure that countries throughout the Asia Pacific region are able to reap its benefits as soon as possible?

Moderator: Jolly Wong Chun-kau, Fellow and Chairman of Far East Regional Network, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

14:35 – 14:50

Developing a roadmap for digital migration in Asia-Pacific Countries

Peter Walop, Independent Expert, ITU

14:50 – 15:05

Case Study: Overview of Digital Switchover in the EU

Andreas Geiss, Deputy Head of Spectrum Unit, European Commission

15:05 – 15:20

Case Study: Indonesia's plans for digital switchover & the digital dividend for telcos and broadcast

Fetty Fajriati, Commissioner, Indonesian Telecom Regulatory Authority (BRTI)

15:20 – 15:35

Technical challenges

Eberhardt Heidrich, Head of Division Service & Quality Management, LS telcom

15:35 – 15:50

What benefits can harmonising decisions on the digital switchover and the subsequent ‘digital dividend’ bring for Asian countries?

Chris Perera, Senior Director, Spectrum Policy & Regulatory Affairs APAC, GSMA

15:50 – 16:10

Q&A and Discussion

16:10 – 16:30

Afternoon Break

16:30 – 17:50

Session 4: Best Practice in Spectrum Pricing and Allocation

Ensuring the correct valuation of spectrum is essential to promote effective and efficient use. However, in recent allocations, large variations in the price paid for spectrum have been seen across the Asia-Pacific region, even where there are similarities in social, economic and technological situations. This causes problems for operators, hindering opportunities for predictable economies of scale and scope in manufacturing.
• What methods of spectrum awards have recently been seen globally, and what prices have been achieved?
• How should regulators go about setting reserve prices, and is there an international best practice for spectrum pricing?
• What roles can auctions and beauty contests respectively be expected to play in future spectrum allocation in Asia, and how will the different models that are used affect spectrum prices?
• How can it be ensured that the incentivization of socially beneficial uses of spectrum is considered when setting prices? What regional and national differences and challenges may need to be considered?
• Whilst recognising that one size does not fit all, is there still scope for developing a more standard spectrum pricing policy across the Asia Pacific region?

Moderator: Soren Sorensen, Senior Consultant, NERA Economic Consulting

16:30 – 16:45

Auctioning spectrum for mobile broadband

Stefan Zehle, CEO, Coleago Consulting

16:45 – 17:00

Spectrum valuation in delivering broadband objectives

Phillipa Marks, Director, Plum Consulting

17:00 – 17:15

Case Study: Thailand

Settapong Malisuwan, Vice-Chairman, NBTC Thailand

17:15 – 17:30

Case Study: Auctions in India

Ramesh Sinha, CEO, e-Procurement Technologies Limited

17:30 – 17:50

Q&A and Discussion

17:50 – 17:55

Final Discussion and End of Conference


19:30 – 22:30

Gala Dinner

Moderator: Soren Sorensen, Senior Consultant, NERA Economic Consulting

Andrey Mukhanov, Adviser to the Minister of Communications and Mass Media, Russian Federation; and Vice-Chair, APEC TEL
Andreas Geiss, Deputy Head of Spectrum Unit, European Commission
Chris Perera, Senior Director, Spectrum Policy & Regulatory Affairs APAC, GSMA



Monday 26 August, 2013
08.30 to 22.00

ICT (Indochina Time)



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