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Thursday 12 April, 2018


08:40 – 09:00

Keynote Presentation

09:00 – 09:20

Keynote Presentation

09:20 – 11:00

Session 1: 5G, IoT and connected devices - Powering the next wave of wireless connectivity

The Arab Region continues to be at the forefront of innovation when it comes to the development and roll-out of 5G, IoT and future connected technologies. Later sessions will focus specifically on meeting the spectrum requirement for this next generation of technology in high, mid and low range frequencies; but as a starting point for these discussions, this session will provide an update on plans across the region for the roll-out and deployment of these next generation networks. It will look at some of the specific plans across different countries, as well as how the required connectivity for smart devices across all vertical sectors can be delivered. It will end with a room wide discussion on the best way forward to ensure the Arab region stays at the forefront of this key area.

09:20 – 09:35

Setting the scene: realising the potential of 5G and IoT technologies

09:35 – 09:50

Country Case Study: Plans for 5G rollout in UAE

09:50 – 10:05

Country Case Study: TBC

10:05 – 10:20

Delivering the required connectivity for smart devices across all vertical sectors

10:20 – 10:35

Vertical Case Study: TBC

10:35 – 11:00

Q&A and Room Wide Discussion

11:00 – 11:15

Morning Refreshments

11:15 – 12:15

Session 2: Delivering the required 5G connectivity in the high frequency millimetre bands

It is widely agreed that the key frequency range in order to deliver the speed that is required for 5G services will be in the high-frequency millimetre bands. The Arab Region has joined European and many other regions around the world and is following the decision taken at WRC-15 to focus on the 26GHz band for initial roll-out of services. This session will look at the work that is being done on this band and at some of the other mmWave bands that are also being looked at. With a number of countries around the world (including the US, Japan and Korea) following a different path and focussing on the 28GHz band, it will look at what this may mean for Arab States and more generally look to map the future shape of 5G in the millimetre bands both in the region and globally.

- What work is being done across the Arab region and elsewhere to prepare for the roll-out of 5G in the 26GHz band?
- Beyond the 26GHz band, what work is being done in the other millimetre bands (for example 32GHz, 42GHz and 66-71GHz), and which one of these might offer the most viable solution for 5G?
- What obstacles and challenges still need to be overcome if the potential millimetre wave spectrum for 5G is going to be maximised?
- Considering the focus elsewhere in the world on the 28GHz band, to what extent can there be synergies between equipment operating in that bad and that operating in 26GHz? What can this mean for possible economies of scale and interoperability?

11:15 – 12:15

Panel Discussion


12:15 – 13:15

Session 3: Balancing the requirements of all users in the mid range C-Band frequencies

The 3.3GHZ to 5GHz 'C-Band' is seen as an ideal band for the roll-out of 5G services because it offers a compromise between the wide coverage of lower frequencies and higher capacity of millimetre waves. Around the world and in some Arab countries (for example UAE) it is being looked at as a pioneer launch band for 5G services. It is also considered as a 4G capacity band, and an option to provide the required bandwidth to meet growing demand in this area. The C-Band is also however hugely important for the satellite industry who use it to provide downlink spectrum for services, and any mandate to relocate or start to co-locate services with mobile could be highly disruptive and expensive. This session will look at the future shape of the C-Band, the stakeholders using it, and its mix of allocation on a licensed and unlicensed basis. It will look at the way forward to maximise the value of this important bandwidth and to find a solution that is in the best interest of all users.

- What is the current situation regarding the allocation of different chunks of mid-range C-Band spectrum in Arab countries, and that plans are there to reallocate spectrum in the band for 5G?
- How can it be ensured that any disruption and costs to current incumbent users in the band are minimised?
- To what extend is co-existence between mobile and satellite in the band a possibility, and how could this best work?
- What role could guard bands and other regulatory tools help to alleviate the risk for interference?
- How can regulators best allocate spectrum in the C-Band to develop a band-plan that maximises its value and potential and offers the large contiguous blocks of spectrum that are most suitable for 5G delivery?
- To what extend is co-ordination of plans on a regional level being seen, and is there a need for more work in this area?
- What should be the role of unlicensed spectrum in the C-Band?

12:15 – 13:15

Panel Discussion

13:15 – 14:10


14:10 – 15:10

Experts Corners - Addressing some of the modern day challenges for spectrum managers

14:10 – 14:30

Thinking Point: Delivering the required spectrum for 5G backhaul - options and challenges

14:30 – 14:50

Best practice in spectrum valuation and pricing to reflect the market values

14:50 – 15:10

Thinking Point: TBC

15:10 – 16:10

Session 4: The future shape of the UHF band in the Arab Region

The process of allocating the 700 and 800MHz bands is ongoing across many Arab states. Beyond these two bands, regulators are also considering the best approach to the 600MHz, and whether to also make this available for mobile. This session will look at the progress that has been made the allocation of the 700 and 800MHz bands across the region and the band plans that are emerging, and then look at the picture in the wider UHF band (including 600MHz), and at the likely future shape of the band as a whole across the region.

- What progress has been seen in the allocation of the 700 and 800MHz bands in the Arab region?
- Will the Arab region push for a 600MHz mobile band and go against the situation in Europe, were the band has been allocated to broadcast until at least 2030?
- If so, then how would this fit with the region's extended 700MHz plan, which includes one additional block at the bottom of the band?
- Where does the future of broadcasting lie and how can it be ensured that spectrum requirements to deliver this are met?
- What needs to be done to ensure that the efficiency of the available spectrum is being maximised by both mobile and broadcast users and it is not left fallow?
- With a review of existing services in the 470 - 960MHz section of the UHF band scheduled for WRC-23, what is the long term future of the band and the users in it?

15:10 – 16:10

Panel Discussion

16:10 – 16:10

End of conference



Thursday 12 April, 2018
08.00 to 18.00




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