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Please see below the full programme for this year's event. If you are interested in speaking opportunities at future Spectrum Management Conferences, please contact Laura Carter at or on +44 (0) 2920 783 027.


Wednesday 22 June, 2016


08:30 – 09:00

Welcome Coffee & Registration

09:00 – 10:50

Session 1: Keynote presentations

Moderator: Amit Nagpal, Partner, Aetha Consulting

09:00 – 09:20

Keynote Presentation: View from the Commission

Anthony Whelan, Director, Electronic Communications, Networks and Services , European Commission

09:20 – 09:40

Keynote Presentation: View from the Parliament

Gunnar Hökmark, MEP, European Parliament

09:40 – 10:00

Keynote Presentation: View from the EU Presidency

Heleen Uijt de Haag, Deputy Director, Telecom Market, Ministry of Economic Affairs (The Netherlands)

10:00 – 10:20


Philip Marnick, Chair, RSPG

10:20 – 10:50

Panel and interactive discussion: What should be the spectrum priorities for Europe over the next five years?

10:50 – 11:10

Morning Coffee Break

11:10 – 12:30

Session 2: Towards a long-term strategy for the UHF band

In response to a proposal on the UHF band released by the Commission earlier this year, the European Council have recently put forward a general approach which (if agreed by the European Parliament) means that member states should assign the 694-790 MHz band to wireless broadband by 2020, and that broadcasters (and PMSE) will have priority access to the sub-700 MHz band (470-694 MHz) until at least 2030. This session will look at what the proposal and associated deadlines will mean for the stakeholders involved and for the long-term future of UHF spectrum, implication for mobile, broadcast and other stakeholders; and the extent to which it will be successful in helping to achieve the Commission’s wider goals.
- What will the approach agreed by the council mean for broadcasters, mobile, PMSE, PPDR and other stakeholders active in the UHF band?
- To what extent is it likely to achieve its key objectives of maintaining a competitive economy and helping Europe to lead in the implementation of 5G?
- What does ‘priority access’ for broadcast in the sub-700 MHz band mean in practice, and under what circumstances may it also be available for mobile services?
- Is a one-size-fits all approach the best way to deal with the 700MHz band in Europe?
- Are the deadlines of 2017 for the release of national and co-ordination plans; 2018 for adoption; and 2020 for reassignment realistic for all member states?
- How best should the cost of broadcaster relocation be met?
- Given how fast the world is moving, when is a reasonable time to plan a review for this band, and is the suggestion of “…no later than 2025” made by the Lamy report too late?
- What is the long-term future of DTT and related services in the UHF band?

Moderator: Gerard Pogorel, Professor of Economics and Management-Emeritus, Telecom ParisTech

11:10 – 12:30

Panel Discussion

Andreas Geiss, Head of Unit for Spectrum Policy, European Commission
Luisa Mendes, Rapporteur, Long Term Strategy for the UHF-Band, RSPG
John Higgins, Director General, DIGITALEUROPE
Laszlo Toth, Senior Director, Policy, Government & Regulatory Affairs, GSMA Europe
William Maunier, Member, Wider Spectrum Group


12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:10

Session 3: The future shape of spectrum awards and licencing processes

As part of its ‘Digital Single Market’ strategy, the Commission is currently consulting on the extent to which spectrum policy and allocation should be co-ordinated. Part of the discussion centres around licencing and the extent to which there should be greater coherence in this area. This session will focus on this issue, and look to the next 10 years and how the responsibility of national regulators and central European bodies is likely to change.
- What will the spectrum award and licencing process in Europe look like 10 years from now?
- What mergers between mobile operators have been seen recently and are likely to be seen in the near future? Are pan-European operators an inevitability in the future?
- If so then what effect will this have on licencing and also on competition in markets?
- To what extent will (or should) there be greater coherence in spectrum licencing, single licencing procedures or even single European licences?
- In this instance, how would competition and policy tools such as spectrum caps be affected?
- What responsibilities should remain with national regulators and what (if any) would benefit from being centralized?
- How do the licencing processes and procedures differ from the US to Europe? Are there any aspects of this model that can be incorporated into auction design in Europe?


Moderator: Soren Sorensen, Associate Director, NERA Economic Consulting

13:30 – 13:45

Introductory Presentation from the moderator

Moderator: Soren Sorensen, Associate Director, NERA Economic Consulting

13:45 – 14:00

Presentation: US situation - lessons for Europe

Malcolm Ross, Principal, Merlin Consulting

14:00 – 15:10

Panel Discussion

Stephen Pentland, Head of Spectrum Policy, Vodafone Group
Chris Woolford, Director, International Affairs, Ofcom
Inge Hansen, Director of Regulation & Spectrum, EE
Carlota Reyners-Fontana, Deputy Head of Unit, Spectrum Management, European Commission

15:10 – 15:40

Afternoon Coffee Break

15:40 – 17:00

Session 4: Breakout Sessions

Delegates can choose to attend one of the following breakout sessions:

Breakout 1: What future for whitespaces?
Breakout 2: Spectrum valuation - Addressing challenges and Identifying Trends

15:40 – 17:00

Breakout 1: What future for whitespace?

A regulation was authorised by Ofcom at the end of 2015 to allow whitespace devices to operate in the 470 – 790 MHz spectrum band on an unlicenced basis. At the same time however, the long-term future of whitespace devices continues to be debated. As Europe and the rest of the world continues to try and find ways to use the UHF band more efficiently, the unused blocks of spectrum in the band will start becoming more scarce and there will be less space for whitespace devices to operate. This session will look at the future of whitespace technologies, and at whether or not the concept has been proved. If so, then where does its future lie? - What short-term and long-term future does the TV whitespace model have? - Is there a future in other bands outside the UHF channels? If so, then which bands are the most likely candidates? - Could the UK ‘geolocation’ approach be a way to schedule different users? Is there a reason that other countries aren’t currently following the same approach?

Moderator: Hector Bude, CITEL

Hector Bude, Chairman, WG for WRC-15 , CITEL
Bashir Gwandu, Chairman, Commonwealth ITU Group
Bernard Celli, Strategy Director, ANFR
Alan March, Head of Spectrum Affairs, UK Strategic Collaborations Division, Seinnheiser
Andrew Stirling, Senior Policy Advisor, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

15:40 – 17:00

Breakout 2: Spectrum valuation - addressing challenges and identifying trends

Correctly valuing spectrum has always been challenging and it is not getting any easier. With the number of frequency bands that are used for mobile increasing, and eco-systems developing at different paces, this session will look at the factors that affect the valuation of spectrum, how the value of different frequency spectrum is changing (and likely to continue to change into the future) and best practice in accurately valuing spectrum.
- Which bands are more valuable than others and how can you compare the value of different spectrum bands? - How do you take account of differences in eco-system development? - Is it true that 900Mhz & 1800Mhz values are converging?
- Has the growth in availability of lower frequency spectrum combined with the need for additional capacity caused by the growth in data demand Ied to a narrowing of the value gap between high and low frequency spectrum, and possibly even a shifting of value towards the 1800Mhz and 2100Mhz bands? - How will the emergence of 5G likely affect the value of different spectrum bands? - Will the emergence of dynamic spectrum access and related technologies have any impact on the value of spectrum?

15:40 – 15:50 Presentation: Introduction from moderator
Marc Eschenburg, Partner, Aetha Consulting (confirmed)

15:50 – 17:00 Panel Discussion

Moderator: Marc Eschenburg, Partner, Aetha Consulting

Mark Colville, Principal, Analysys Mason
Catherine Bohill, Director Spectrum Strategy, Telefonica
Lasse Wieweg, Chair, Spectrum Group, GSA
Blaise Soury-Lavergne, Head of Mobile Spectrum, ARCEP

17:00 – 19:00

Cocktail Reception

Thursday 23 June, 2016


09:00 – 10:45

Session 5: WRC-15 Reflections & Decisions: the ITU process in the spotlight

Held in November last year, WRC-15 addressed more than 40 topics related to frequency allocation and frequency sharing for the spectrum and orbital resources, and some key decisions were taken across a wide range of bands. Since the conference finished, there has been much reporting in the media both on the outcomes, and also more generally on the ITU processes and whether there are areas in which the international co-ordination of spectrum policy needs to be revised. Against this background, this session will offer the opportunity to reflect on WRC in both these areas, examining the decisions that were taken and the processes behind these. Noting that broadband mobile developments are continuing in the 28GHz band in spite of WRC-15 decision not to study the possibility of IMT in this band, it will address the respective roles of the worldwide, regional and national levels when it comes to spectrum allocations, and whether there needs to be changes in the ITU/WRC process to keep up with a rapidly changing world.

Moderator: Amit Nagpal, Partner, Aetha Consulting

09:00 – 10:00

WRC-15 reflections: Stakeholder perspectives

Key industry representatives will have a strict 5 minutes to give their opinions on two questions, which will then be followed by an interactive discussion on the issues that are raised, including the use of the audience voting tool:

- How smoothly did the whole WRC process run this time around, and are there ways in which processes can be improved in the future?

- Looking forward to WRC-19, what will the key issues be and how can it be ensured that objectives are achieved?

Peter Pitsch, Associate General Counsel and Executive Director of Communications Policy, Intel Corporation
Fabio Leite, Global Spectrum Policy, ESOA
Jaume Pujol, Digital Team Manager, Broadcast Networks Europe
Bharat Bhatia, Regional Director, APME, Government Affairs, Motorola Solutions
Massimiliano Simoni, Chair of the Frequencies Operator Expert Group, GSMA

10:00 – 10:45

Fireside Chat: WRC-15 Reflections

Having heard the thoughts of industry players, key global figures in the negotiations at WRC-15 will reflect on the outcomes and the processes used, and what needs to be done to ensure that global frameworks for spectrum policy and allocation continue to be an enabler for a sustainable radiocommunication ecosystem.
François Rancy, Director, Radiocommunications Bureau, ITU
Alexander Kühn, Chairman, WRC-15 Conference Preparatory Group, CEPT
Hector Bude, Chairman, WG for WRC-15 , CITEL

10:45 – 11:05

Morning Coffee Break

11:05 – 14:50

Session 6: Fuelling the next wave of wireless technologies: spectrum for 5G, IoT and future wireless technologies

11:05 – 11:10

Presentation: Introduction from CEPT

Eric Fournier, Chairman of Electronic Communications Committee, CEPT

11:10 – 12:40

Session 6i: Identifying the spectrum needs to maximize the benefits of 5G in specific industries

In order to provide a starting point for the discussions in the next session, 3 representatives from different vertical industries will give presentations on what they need from 5G in order to maximize its potential within their sector, and we will then hear a ‘mini-panel’ on delivering spectrum for IoT and M2M. This will then lead into a discussion on how this translates into spectrum requirements for 5G and how this can be achieved.

Moderator: Adrian Scrase, CTO, ETSI

11:10 – 11:20

Presentation: 5G and Connected Cars

Hermann Meyer, CEO, ERTICO

11:20 – 11:30

Presentation: 5G and Media/Entertainment

Darko Ratkaj, Senior Project Manager, Technology and Innovation, European Broadcasting Union

11:30 – 12:15

Mini-panel: Delivering Spectrum for IoT and M2M

For which aspects of IoT connectivity will 5G be critical, and where may 4G, 3G or even 2G be part of the solution?
– Is there a need for dedicated and harmonized spectrum for IoT, and in what bands could this be?
– What mix of technologies; licenced and unlicenced spectrum; and new and existing bands will best deliver on the needs of IoT?

Paul Mitchell, Senior Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft
Luis Lucatero, Strategic Advisor, Finpro
Reza Karimi, Director, Huawei Technologies


12:15 – 13:15


13:15 – 13:25

Have your say: Interactive Voting Session

Before the next session starts, all participants will have the opportunity to use our interactive voting tool to have their say on the issues raised in the previous session and the best way forward in delivering spectrum for 5G.

13:25 – 14:50

Session 6.ii Developing a spectrum strategy to ensure Europe maximizes the potential of 5G

Taking into account the needs of vertical industries that were discussed in the last session, and against the backdrop of the work being carried out both in Europe and globally to create a co-ordinated 5G strategy (including of course the 5G/IMT candidate bands identified at WRC-15 to be discussed at WRC-19; and the Commission’s 700Mhz strategy which is designed to assist with successful 5G deployment) this session will look at the key challenges ahead in order to meet the targets of deployment by 2020. It will look at the future shape of a 5G ecosystem, the mix of spectrum that will be required to deliver this, and the work that is being done in Europe to ensure that the region is a leader in this key area.
- What are the key challenges for EU spectrum policymakers and stakeholders in order to deliver the required connectivity for 5G, meet targets and ensure Europe is at the forefront of 5G development?
- What work is being done on the development of a clear and coherent spectrum strategy to address these challenges?
- How important is harmonization and co-ordination at both a European and global level, how can this be achieved?
- What will the decisions taken to focus on millimeter bands for 5G technologies at WRC-19 mean for stakeholders?
- Do we run the risk of 5G and associated technologies creating a new spectrum crunch above 10Ghz?
- Which bands are likely to see 5G deployment first, and to what extent can requirements be met by operators refarming existing spectrum rather than seeking new

13:40 – 13:50 Presentation: Introduction
Representative, Plum Consulting (confirmed)

13:50 – 14:50 Panel Discussion

Moderator: Tim Miller, Partner, Plum Consulting

13:35 – 13:45

Introductory Presentation from the moderator

Moderator: Tim Miller, Partner, Plum Consulting

13:45 – 14:45

Panel Discussion

Branimir Stantchev, Head of Sector, Wireless Broadband, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Ethan Lavan, Global Spectrum Regulatory Policy, ESOA
Ylva Mälarstig, Head of Spectrum Analysis , PTS
Luigi Ardito, Director, Government Affairs, EMENA, Qualcomm
Håkan L. Andersson, 5G Product Strategy, Radio Business Unit, Ericsson
Davood Molkdar, Director, Spectrum and Wireless, InterConnect Communications

14:45 – 14:55

Presentation: Summary from CEPT

Eric Fournier, Chairman of Electronic Communications Committee, CEPT

14:55 – 15:15

Afternoon Coffee

15:15 – 16:50

Session 7: Spectrum sharing - examing the promise and the reality

With a number of spectrum sharing solutions already in the market and many other approaches being considered, there is no doubt that spectrum sharing offers the potential to hugely increase spectrum efficiency and increase the capacity that is available. However some organisations still remain skeptical over the potential of sharing, and feel that exclusive
allocation is still the best way forward. Examining examples such as the use of LTE in unlicenced bands, licenced shared access (particularly in the 2.3 Ghz bands) and the three-tiered approach proposed in the 3.5Ghz band in the US, this session will look at the potential that spectrum sharing offers, how it can complement exclusive spectrum and the role that it is likely to play in delivering future wireless technologies.
- What role can spectrum sharing play in meeting the future capacity demands of wireless technologies?
- Where should the balance lie between allocating spectrum on a shared and an exclusive use basis?
- Which sharing options offer the greatest potential of long term success?
- What scope is there for spectrum sharing to provide commercial users greater access to military spectrum, and in what bands?
- How can it be ensured that a suitable sharing spectrum framework is developed that safeguards both existing and new spectrum users across all bands?

Moderator: Rüdiger Martin, Project Officer, DG CONNECT, European Commission

15:15 – 16:50

Panel Discussion

Rob Alderfer, VP Technology Policy, CableLabs
Tess Mulhall, Head of Defence Spectrum, UK Ministry of Defence
Gerry Oberst, Senior Vice President, Global Regulatory and Governmental Strategy, SES
Pierre Jean Muller, CEO, Red Techologies
Doriana Guiducci, Head of ICT Policy, Fondazione Ugo Bordoni

16:50 – 17:00

Summary and final remarks

Ruprecht Niepold, Independent Spectrum Expert, Independent Spectrum Expert



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