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Please note that the conference took place on 25-26 June at The Management Centre Europe in Brussels.


The programme for this year's event can be found below. For further information on the conference and to be kept updated on plans for next year's event, please contact Tom Chinnock on or call +44 (0) 2920 783025.


View the agenda for the pre-event workshop

View the agenda for the main conference


Monday 24 June, 2013


09:30 – 17:00

Optional Pre-Conference Workshop - Step-by-Step Guide to Spectrum Valuation and Auction Workshop

Co-ordinated by Scott McKenzie and Nick Fookes, Coleago Consulting Ltd

09:30 – 10:00

Registration and Welcome Coffee

10:00 - 13:30 Morning Session: A Step-by-Step Guide to Spectrum Valuation

10:00 – 11:00

Session 1: Introductions and Spectrum Developments

11:00 – 11:15

Morning Coffee

11:15 – 12:30

Session 2: Valuing Spectrum

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch and Spectrum Valuation Clinic

An opportunity for participants to speak to the Coleago team on a one-to-one or group basis to highlight some of the specific challenges they face and receive advice on how best to confront those challenges.

13:30 - 17:00 Afternoon Session: Auction design and auction bidding strategy

13:30 – 14:15

Session 3: Preparing for a Spectrum Auction

14:15 – 14:30

Afternoon Coffee

14:30 – 16:30

Session 4: Practical Session: Mock Auction

This session will offer participants the chance to get hands on experience bidding in a simulated spectrum auction in a fictitious country. Up to five teams will be involved in the bidding and each will have to execute their particular bid strategy up to their maximum bid limits.

16:30 – 17:00

Session 5: Review of Results and Summary

17:00 – 17:10

Final Summary and end of Workshop

Tuesday 25 June, 2013


08:30 – 09:00

Coffee and Registration

09:00 – 09:50

Session I. i. Keynote Presentations

Moderator: Martin Cave, Visiting Professor, Imperial College Business School, U.K.

09:00 – 09:25

Keynote Presentation: View from the European Commission

Roberto Viola, Deputy Director General, DG CONNECT, European Commission

09:25 – 09:50

Keynote Presentation: View from the forthcoming EU Presidency

Arijandas Sliupas, Vice Minister for Transport and Communications, Government of the Republic of Lithuania

09:50 – 11:15

ii. Roundtable Discussion: Liberalisation and a market based approach for spectrum allocation and management – Has it worked?

Over the last decade and more, the approach to the management of spectrum both by the European Commission and by many member state regulators has had the use of market mechanisms as its central premise. Market liberalisation, the use of auctions for spectrum awards, Administrative Incentive Pricing (AIP), secondary trading and many more tools have been used in an attempt to deliver a more efficient and flexible spectrum landscape.

• To what extent has spectrum liberalisation proved successful across Europe, and what has been achieved so far?
• Which specific market instruments have been successful in delivering on their objectives, and which have not?
• What have the major challenges been in implementing the use of market mechanisms?
• Moving forward, is a market-based approach necessarily the best approach for increasing spectrum efficiency, or should alternative models such as a utility based approach or a greater focus on competition at a service level be considered?

Interactive roundtable discussion, with the use of voting pads

Moderator: Martin Cave, Visiting Professor, Imperial College Business School, U.K.

Ruprecht Niepold, Advisor to the Director General on Spectrum Policy, European Commission
James Cemmell, Coordinator for Regulatory Working Group, ESOA
Graham Louth, Director of Spectrum Markets, Ofcom, U.K.
Eric Fournier, Director of Spectrum Planning and International Affairs, l'Agence nationale des fréquences (ANFR)
Andy Hudson, Group Head of Spectrum Policy, Vodafone

11:15 – 11:35

Morning Break, kindly sponsored by Qualcomm

11:35 – 13:05

Session II. Consolidation and harmonisation of spectrum policy – a realistic aim at a European and global level?

Before October this year, the Commission intends to present concrete measures to the European Parliament and Council outlining how they plan to “establish the single European market for ICT as soon as possible”. A large part of this will be focussed on spectrum issues, and in particular on consolidating bandplans across member states and adopting a more coherent approach to the task of making available spectrum to address the growing demand for wireless services.

• To what extent is there a need for action at EU level to harmonise spectrum assignment rules and what would this mean for national regulators and consumers and for the various industry stakeholders involved?
• What barriers exist to European service provision and market consolidation and how can these be overcome?
• What time frame should be envisaged?
• What impact will a harmonised EU bandplan have for regulators and operators outside the EU and is there an opportunity to move closer towards globally harmonised spectrum for wireless broadband?

Moderator: Martin Cave, Visiting Professor, Imperial College Business School, U.K.

Gilles Brégant, Chair, RSPG and Director General, l'Agence nationale des fréquences (ANFR)
Luis Lucatero, Chief of Regulatory Policy, Cofetel, Mexico
Peter Pitsch, Associate General Counsel and Executive Director of Communications Policy, Intel Corporation
Gerry Oberst, Senior Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs & Government Strategy, SES
Roberto Ercole, Senior Director, Spectrum Regulation, GSMA
Hans Borgonjen, Dutch Police and Vice Chairman, TCCA


13:05 – 14:05

Lunch, kindly sponsored by GSMA

14:05 – 15:35

Session III. Licence Renewals and Pricing - What should be done? Renew or take away and re-auction?

Regulators who are faced with the challenge of how to deal with their renewals of spectrum licences essentially have three options - reassign some or all of the spectrum to the current holder of that spectrum; reassign some or all of the spectrum to another category of users or a particular user through administrative action; or re-auction the spectrum, inviting both the current holder and other potential users to bid for the rights for future use. In addition, they must also ensure that spectrum is being refarmed when required to allow for new technologies to operate in bands.

• What are the positive and negative aspects of each of the three approaches listed above?
• How can regulators ensure that they are respecting the rights of existing licence holders and other potential users, whilst also maximising economic and societal benefits?
• What assessments of the competitive impact of spectrum use should member states be conducting prior to any decision being made, and what guidance for this should be provided at an EU level?
• In what cases may it be appropriate for regulators to re-auction spectrum, and when should they consider simply renewing existing licences?
• In cases of renewals, what tools and processes can be used to ensure a fair pricing model is applied?
• Should auctions be designed to make it easier for operators to trade existing spectrum that they hold as part of the award process, and how could this work in practice?

Moderator: Richard Marsden, Vice President, NERA Economic Consulting

Scott McKenzie, Director, Coleago Consulting Ltd
Hellen van Dongen, Director, Telecoms Market, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
Mark Colville, Senior Manager, Analysys Mason
Nicholas Blades, Chief Regulatory Officer, Telefónica Europe
Mark Falcon, Head of Economic Regulation, Three

15:35 – 15:55

Afternoon Coffee, kindly sponsored by Qualcomm

15:55 – 17:25


Delegates will have the option of attending one of the two following parallel breakout sessions.

Breakout Session 1: Spectrum Inventory - To what extent can it be expected to increase efficiency?
Breakout Session 2: Network Sharing – Ensuring a competitive and efficient market

15:55 – 17:25

Breakout Session 1: Spectrum Inventory - To what extent can it be expected to increase efficiency?

A key element of the RSPP was the development of a spectrum inventory to collect Europe-wide data on the existing uses of spectrum, analyse the efficiency with which it is being used, and identify areas in which this could be improved.
• 18 months on from the RSPP, what progress has been made with the formulation of the inventory?
• How will the spectrum inventory work in practice and what are its key objectives?
• What has been learnt so far on the supply and the demand side? How does the demand that is being seen through the inventory match with the reality of today?
• What developing technology trends are being seen, and how is this likely to effect future needs and demand for spectrum?
• Where are the major bottlenecks being seen?
• What has been learnt to date on the efficiency of use of radio spectrum in Europe and on how this compares to that in other regions of the world?
• What potential does the spectrum inventory have for increasing efficiency across Europe, and how can it be ensured that this potential is realised?

Moderator: Scott Marcus, Director, WiK Consult

Andreas Geiss, Deputy Head of Unit, Radio Spectrum Policy, European Commission
Gérard Lapierre, Radio Spectrum Project Officer, European Defence Agency
Rüdiger Hahn, Head of Department - Legal Aspects of Telecommunications Regulation, Frequency Regulation, BNetzA
Thomas Weber, Frequency Management, ECA and Satellites, European Communications Office (ECO)

15:55 – 17:25

Breakout Session 2: Network Sharing - Ensuring a competitive and efficient market

The sharing of mobile network infrastructure potentially has many economic and societal benefits, which means that it is something that is being explored more and more by operators and also in many occasions looked upon favourably by regulators. However, it does also raise a number of competition issues.
• What competition issues are potentially raised by operators entering into either passive or active sharing agreements?
• What methodology and principles should be used by regulators to ensure that these agreements do not have a negative effect on the level of competition in a market?
• Looking to the future, what effect is it likely that technology developments such as dynamic or cognitive spectrum will have on network sharing, and how may competition laws need to be adapted?
• Do the overall benefits of network sharing always outweigh the negatives or are there conceivably situations where this isn’t the case?

Moderator: Chris Buist, Director, Coleago Consulting Ltd

Eduardo Martínez-Rivero, Head of Unit, Antitrust Telecoms, Directorate-General for Competition, European Commission
Urs von Arx, Head of Section, Mobile and Satellite Services, Bakom Switzerland
Bengt G. Mölleryd, Senior Analyst, Competition, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority
Bram van den Ende, Project Manager, TNO
Andy Hudson, Group Head of Spectrum Policy, Vodafone

17:25 – 19:00

Cocktail Reception, kindly sponsored by Broadcast Networks Europe

Wednesday 26 June, 2013


08:30 – 09:00

Morning Coffee, kindly sponsored by Qualcomm

09:00 – 09:20

Keynote Presentation: Preparing for WRC-15: Key Spectrum Issues

Joaquin Restrepo, Head, Outreach and Publication Services Division, Radiocommunication Bureau (BR), ITU

09:20 – 13:10

Session V. European and Global strategies for the 700Mhz band

Moderator: Johanne Lemay, Co-President, Lemay-Yates Associates

09:20 – 09:35

Plans for the 700MHz band across different regions of the world

Marc Eschenburg, Manager, Aetha Consulting

09:35 – 09:50

The importance of UHF Spectrum for DTT and European Consumers

Lars Backlund, Secretary General, Broadcast Networks Europe

09:50 – 10:05

Toward a European Strategy for the 700 MHz Band: An Industrial Player’s View

Cengiz Evci, Director, European Spectrum Policy, Alcatel Lucent

10:05 – 10:20

Mobile Broadband for the PPDR Sector

Steffen Ring, Senior Director, International Government Affairs, Motorola Solutions

10:20 – 10:50

What does the decision Europe takes now mean for other regions? Is there a chance for global harmonisation of the 700Mhz band?

Luis Lucatero, Chief of Regulatory Policy, Cofetel, Mexico
Dimitry Tur, Deputy Head of Spectrum Regulation Division, Russian Ministry of Communications

10:50 – 11:15

Discussion with this morning’s speakers

11:15 – 11:30

Morning Coffee, kindly sponsored by Qualcomm

11:30 – 13:10

Speed Pitch Session

This session will being together one representative from each of the main stakeholder groups who will be affected by the decision taken on the 700Mhz band.

Each of the speakers has 5 minutes to address the following 3 questions:

i. What would be the implications for your sector of allocating the 700Mhz band for mobile broadband?
ii. Do the overall benefits to Europe outweigh the costs?
iii. If the EU move too fast with the clearance of the 700Mhz band, is there a chance this could endanger a more coherent approach to the UHF band as a whole?

This will be followed by an interactive discussion, with delegates able to provide their own opinion through the use of voting pads.

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

Wolfgang Bilz, Senior Manager Product Management and Regulatory Affairs, Shure Europe
Matthias Kurth, Executive Chairman, Cable Europe
Wassim Chourbaji, Chair of the Spectrum Working Group, DIGITALEUROPE
Olivier Blondeau, Director Frequency Planning & Management, Orange
Darko Ratkaj, Senior Project Manager, Technology & Innovation, European Broadcasting Union
Jeppe Jepsen, Board Member, TCCA


13:10 – 14:10

Lunch, kindly sponsored by GSMA

14:10 – 15:45

Session VI. Finding more higher frequency spectrum for the next generation of wireless broadband, small cells and traffic offloading

Moderator: Amit Nagpal, Partner, Aetha Consulting

14:10 – 14:25

The view from the European Commission

Branimir Stantchev, Spectrum Policy Developer, Wireless Broadband, DG CONNECT, European Commission

14:25 – 14:40

Economic benefits of ASA in the 2.3GHz band

Tony Lavender, CEO, Plum Consulting

14:40 – 14:55

Spectrum for future Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets)

Hu Wang, Senior Manager, European Standard Department, Huawei

14:55 – 15:10

Presentation: MOD’s spectrum release and sharing plans

Gareth Stevens, Defence Spectrum Policy, Ministry of Defence, U.K.

15:10 – 15:25

Harmonisation of 1452-1492 MHz for SDL in CEPT

Benoist Deschamps, Chairman, PT FM50, CEPT

15:25 – 15:45

Discussion with the speakers in this session

15:45 – 16:00

Afternoon Coffee, kindly sponsored by Qualcomm

16:00 – 17:30

Session VII: Whitespace and beyond - Towards a common framework for spectrum sharing in Europe

The European Commission is currently following the lead of the US and Canada in developing a framework to allow the use of devices in broadcasting whitespaces. In the UK, Ofcom has moved a step further, setting an agenda for the use of whitespace devices and expected to legalise the use of whitespace devices by mid-2013. However, reservations remain amongst some groups (broadcasters and PMSE providers in particular), who fear harmful interference to their existing services.
• What interference and power parameters need to be used to ensure the protection of incumbent users?
• What can be learnt from the experience of the use of whitespace technologies in the US and Canada?
• What timeframe is likely to be seen over the next few years, both with the legalisation of whitespace devices, and also the next steps in the process of making their use a reality?
• Extending beyond TV whitespaces, what potential is there to exploit cognitive radio technologies in other bands, and how can the most beneficial sharing options be best identified?
• What is the future shape of the shared spectrum market and what new challenges, opportunities and benefits may this provide?

Moderator: Fabio Colasanti, President, International Institute of Communications

16:00 – 16:15

Presentation – A schedule for the introduction of whitespace

Graham Louth, Director of Spectrum Markets, Ofcom, U.K.

16:15 – 17:15

Panel Discussion with speakers of the session

Above speakers plus:

Roland Beutler, Spectrum Manager Südwestrundfunk (SWR); and Chairman of the Strategic Programme in Cooperative Terrestrial Networks, European Broadcasting Union
Alan March, Vice President, Association of Professional Wireless Production Technologies (APWPT)
Jim Beveridge, Director of International Technology Affairs, Microsoft Europe

17:15 – 17:20

Final Discussion and End of Conference



Mon 24 June, 2013 08.30 to
Wed 26 June, 2013 17.30




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