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ITU, ATU and Forum Global invite you to join them for the Sub-Sahara region's leading annual platform for spectrum management discussions!


For the 4th consecutive year, The Sub-Sahara Spectrum Management Conference will provide a meeting place for the region's most influential spectrum policymakers and thought leaders.


The conference will run alongside two other other key meetings for the Sub-Sahara region - an ITU Capacity Building Workshop on cross border frequency co-ordination and the PRIDA Initiative Launch Event.


The ITU Workshop will address the latest technical tools and general co-ordination mechanisms that are to be used by African countries to achieve smooth dialogue with one another on spectrum managment and monitoring issues. Whilst the PRIDA initiative, is a joint venture between ITU and the European Commission that holds the objective of fostering universally accessible, affordable and effective wireless broadband across Africa, to unlock future benefits of internet based services. 


The full schedule for the week is as follows:


Mon 27 May & Tues 28 May

The 4th Annual Sub Sahara Spectrum Management Conference

Weds 29 May

PRIDA Initiative Launch Event

Thurs 30 May & Fri 31 May (am)

ITU Capacity Building Workshop on Cross Border Frequency Co-ordination

These events are free to attend for all delegates. Click here to register now and guarantee your place. 

ITU will be running a fellowship scheme for these events, for information on eligibility and how to apply, please click here.
The Sub Sahara Spectrum Management Conference will take place as part of The Global Spectrum Series - the World's largest collection of Spectrum Management policy conferences. For more information on the history of the event, please click here.



 The Sub Sahara Spectrum Management Conference at a glance... 


What will I gain from attending the event?


  • Be part of top level discussions, involving more than 250 of the most respected spectrum policymakers, industry experts and thought leaders in the region;

  • Hear an update on the key agenda items for WRC-19 from those people directly responsible for its preparation;

  • Discuss best practices in developing national roadmaps for spectrum release, and look at what can be done to accelerate deployment of spectrum allocated to IMT

  • Explore the unique benefits and challenges that 5G offers Africa, and examine the path ahead (including a focus on key bands, such as the C-Band);

  • Gain a better understanding of the connectivity requirements of rural communities, and explore technologies and solutions that can help to deliver these;

  • Take part in an interactive brainstorming session exploring how Africa can best close the digital gap that exists between the continent and developed regions around the world;

  • Hear a unique ‘360 degree case study’ of the recent 700MHz spectrum award in Tanzania, with perspectives from key stakeholders who were involved;

  • Look at the recent plans in South Africa and Nigeria to encourage spectrum liberalisation and explore whether a more open marketplace can help deliver a more efficient spectrum landscape;

  • Learn about the progress that has been made in delivering co-ordinated, reliable and efficient PPDR networks across the region;

  • Take advantage of more than 8 hours of dedicated networking time.


Who will attend?


254 delegates attended the conference in 2018, representing 44 different countries. 


The breakdown of key stakeholder groups in attendance was as follows:





Ensure your voice is heard at the Sub-Sahara's leading spectrum conference


Want to ensure that your voice is heard as the region continues the build-up to WRC-19? Looking to showcase your key ideas and thinking in front of leading spectrum policy and industry representatives? Or to generate exciting new business relationships or leads? The Sub Sahara Spectrum Management Conference is the ideal platform for you. 


For more information on speaking, sponsorship or visibility opportunities, and to discuss how you can maximise the value of involvement at the event, please contact Jordan Francombe on or on +44 (0) 2920 783 021


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